Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco AlcatrazIf you’re in San Francisco and is complaining of nothing to do then you’re definitely doing something wrong. The city is a hub of activities. There’s practically tons of things places to visit, a lot of things to try and definitely a great number of things to see and experience. I can’t write them all but I’ll tell for the most part of the article what is the best thing you could do when you’re in San Francisco.

Go on Tours

If you want the convenient way, you can always buy the “City Pass.” It’s basically a passport that allows you to visit the most exciting tourist spots. It is cheap and probably the easiest way to see the popular attractions in the city. Among the things you would see include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Exploratorium, The Legion of Honor, the California Academy of Science and much more. You will also have an opportunity to ride a Bay Cruise, Cable Cars and MUNI fares.

If you want more attractions, you best buy the Go San Francisco Card. This card covers other tours like the Wine Country tour and City Tour. This is apart from the regular Bay Cruises, museums, and other tours included in the card. This card is a little expensive than the City Pass.

Harbor tours are pretty common as well. There are several companies that offer cruise tours along the San Francisco Bay. Most tours include going around the prison island of Alcatraz. Although, you will not be allowed to dock and tour the island from these harbor tours, you can still get a good glimpse of the prison from the outside. There are special tours that allow land exploration of Alcatraz, but most of the harbor tours that leave the docks between San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and adjacent Pier 39 does not offer such luxury.

Get in touch with your artistic side

San Francisco is filled with plazas, theaters and various other venues where people from all art forms perform and showcase their talents. You can choose from performances being held in the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, in Herbst Theater, in the Old First Church, and in the Orpheum or the Golden Gate Theaters.

Lots more music performances are held at the Legion of Honor museum and in its Florence Gould Theater, and at the San Francisco Lyric Opera. Also, many Jazz clubs offer great entertainment and ambiance. The Fillmore auditorium caters for contemporary musicians and so do the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the Civic Center.

If you want to be more cultured, you can go see ballet performances or Broadway musicals being held at the traditional Golden Gate and Orpheum theaters. The Rudy Colombini’s Center for the Musical Arts, is also a great venue where musicians from all of San Francisco congregate and perform.

Take the educational route

Museums are as much part of San Francisco’s top travel destinations as the trip to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you find the morning chill too cold and the fog too thick to on any decent sightseeing, museums offer a very attractive alternative for a day’s adventure, or until the fog clears.

Perhaps the most famous museum in San Francisco is the M.H. de Young Museum located in Golden Gate Park. The Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center houses a very impressive collection of Asian artifacts. The new Museum of Modern Art is also a must see. You can get there by going downtown near the Moscone Center. If you’re looking for historical ships, go to Hyde Street Pier where you can go on board ships like the 1886 Balclutha clipper ship. Meanwhile, Pier 45 offers a close visit to the World War II submarine USS Pampanito.

The California Academy of Sciences offers the Steinhart Aquarium and Natural History Museum for the viewing public. Another interesting museum, located in South of Market is the Cartoon Art Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserving, educating the young and old, and exhibition cartoon art in all forms. The have rare and original carton art selections which can prove to be a very exciting experience.

We’ve only touched a few of the possible activities you can engage in when you’re in the city. Other destinations include hundreds of health clubs and spas; various nightclubs, lounges and bars; and places to engage in sports and outdoor activities like hot air ballooning, kayaking, skating, and bowling.

If you happen to come by the city during major festivals or celebrations, you can join in the fun. In San Francisco, there’s no boring day for tourists. Provided that you leave the premises of your hotel room, your stay in San Francisco will be truly memorable.

 

 
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