San Francisco Fun Attractions, Historic Sites, and Neighborhoods
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. Shops, restaurants, trinkets, street theatre,
Wax Museum and the Aquarium of the Bay. Sea lions lounge on
platforms near Pier 39. Transit hub for cable cars, street cars
Coit Tower, San Francisco. Landmark tower with WPA-era
frescos and a fantastic view of the Bay. Very limited parking,
especially at sunset.
Union Square, San Francisco. Newly designed city plaza ringed by fancy stores
and hotels with a vibrant street scene and weekend art shows or
performances. Many nearby hotels and resaturants with easy cable
Chinatown, San Francisco. A large, busy neighborhood with shops,
restaurants, parks, tearooms, and temples. Authentic food markets are
crowded with local shoppers.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Huge, diverse park runs three miles east to west
with roads, trails, pathways and many open spaces. Houses
numerous museums, the Japanese Tea Garden, a lake, botanic gardens, an
AIDS Memorial Garden, playing fields and other public
Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Stretches along the western edge of the city
with easy access and plenty of sand and wind. Watch surfers, fly
a kite but leave the swimming to to the very strong.
The Presidio, San Francisco. Once a military garrison, now converting to
civilian uses. Beautiful hiking and viewing from the coastside
paths toward the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean.
Alamo Square, San Francisco. Hilltop pocket park offers a famous view of Victorian cottages fronting the park. See map
below for location.
Nob Hill, San Francisco. Hike up the hills between Union Square and
Fisherman's Wharf for a view of the grandest addresses in the
city. The cable car runs to the top and people watching is free.
Cable Car Museum, San Francisco. See how they work and learn about the history of these unique trolley cars.
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay. Former prison now managed by the
National Park Service. Tours leave from Fisherman's Wharf. Reservations
Muir Woods National Monument. Pristine
redwood grove with trails and limited guided tours - across the Golden
Gate Bridge in Marin County.
Muir Beach. Scenic beach in southern Marin County.
Angel Island State Park, access by ferry from Tiburon, San Francisco,
Vallejo, Oakland/Alameda. Historic park; once a military post and
immigrant processing station. Bunkers and small beach inlets offer good
picnic sites and short hikes. Ferry (415) 435-2131.
San Francisco Bay. The largest northern California fishery. Good
sailing available. Excellent views of city skylines, especially from
the ferries connecting San Francisco with Oakland, Sausalito, Alameda
Farallon Islands. A haven for sea mammals and the largest colony of
nesting sea birds. Protected refuge, boat tours only. Good seasonal
whalewatching. (415) 474-3385 Oceanic Society.
Fort Funston Beach, San Francisco. Southernmost of San Francisco's oceanfront beaches; popular with hang gliders.
Sausalito. Shops and dining along Bridgeway with Bay views, steep wooded hills and a houseboat community.
Tiburon. Colorful Main Street overlooks the Bay and Angel Island.
Mill Valley. The picturesque town center is nestled in a deep wooded valley below Mount Tamalpais.
Stinson Beach, Marin County. Very popular, often crowded on weekends. Good for surfing and swimming.
Alameda. The island city has one of the largest collections of Victorian and early 20th century homes in the State.
Benicia. Once the state capital, the town center has many fine old buildings.
University of California, Berkeley. Internationally known university,
academically and politically. Nicely landscaped campus. Berkeley Art
Museum, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Botanical Garden are notable.
Botanical Garden, University of California, Berkeley. Over 30 acres of plants organized by their place of origin.
Lawrence Hall of Science, above the campus on Centennial Dr, University
of California, Berkeley. Aims to teach children about science through
hands-on exhibits. Extensive view of the Bay Area.
Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts., Oakland. Innovative
museum showcasing California's nature, environment, history, and art.
(510) 238-3401, (510) 238-2200.