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What are some fun things to do while in san francisco?

Asked by seenmaker (227points) April 2nd, 2009

any cool theatre i should see? or any kind of live performance? is there an events guide or weekly paper with listings i should pick up to find out whats going on? any great restaurants or places for food?

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basp's avatar

Don’t miss the fish round in the exploratorium!

Likeradar's avatar

SFMOMA is great if you like modern art.
The Japanese Tea Gardens are beautiful.

It’s hard to be bored in San Francisco.

Zen's avatar

I said be happy. It’s such a great place.

aviona's avatar

Walk across the bridge, visit Alcatraz, ride a cable car, go down to Fisherman’s Wharf and the ferry building…

Make sure you bring layers!

xBRIANx's avatar

@johnpowell – the Exploratorium sounds interesting… we are going to S.F. next year… ah and I see that the museum is free the 1st wednesday every month.

ronski's avatar

Well, Wicked has been playing for a while, and I heard that it’s pretty good if you like musicals.

It really depends on what you like, because SF has soo much to offer.

I can tell you some of my personal favorites, these would be things that I would do if I were to take people around from out of town (and have before!): go to Clarion Alley in the mission and look out all of the murals, than take a walk down 24th St. and look at more murals. Walk to the very end, where I sit on the top of Potrero Garden and look at over the whole city. I would pick up a burrito at El Metate on 23rd and Bryant, but there are tons of good taquerias.

Go over to North Beach and go to House of Nanking for some good Chinese food or Tomaso’s for excellent pizza. Check out the beat bars around there.

Stroll around Land’s End and check out the Legion of Honor (where some of Vertigo was shot).

Last but not least, walk through Golden Gate Park on a Sunday…

VzzBzz's avatar

Take a walk down to the ruins of the Sutro Baths

There is also Sutro Park where you can walk to the cliff edge and watch the sun rise or set, very beautiful view over Ocean Beach

It’s touristy but a drive to the top to park at Coit Tower for a look around is great since you can see the grid of the city and views of the bay from most directions

If you are up for a drive, go across the GG Bridge into Marin and take the scenic mountain drive up to the Point Reyes Bird Sanctuary. Going down the mountain will also take you into several small beach towns where there are crafters, bakers and small history museums.

Look online for the days the big museums in San Francisco are free to the public

From SF, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is about 2hrs away and worth visit

shilolo's avatar

From a while back.

laurenigula's avatar

Alcatraz, the Pier, The Castro, China Beach is a really kind secret treasure of the area, as well as Mitchell’s Ice Cream off of Geary. Best Ice cream you’ll ever eat.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have been to San Franciso many, many times over the years, and last time I took one of those city tours and had a very enjoyable experience. It was a real treat to have a knowledgeable person narrate the tour and I got to see a day long cross section of the city. I finished off with an hour long sea cruise around Alcatraz. I went with Tower Tours, as recommended by the hotel concierge.

SuperMouse's avatar

Touristy stuff: Pier 39, Alcatraz, cable cars, Lombard Street. Chinatown is great too. You could also take the BART out to Berkeley, walk around the campus and the rest of the town, then have dinner at Spenger’s.

jenandcolin's avatar

Japanese tea garden, the Cha Cha Cha (good sangria), SOMA, check out the coastline on a drive, Wharf, Legion of Honor, just take some time to walk around (I liked walking around Japantown)...

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