Planning a trip to lovely San Francisco? We highlighted a handful of the top attractions, places to see, and which neighborhoods in San Francisco to visit during your vacation.
Below are a few ideas of fun activities. Want more? Then check out this list of things to do in Golden Gate Park during your trip.
- Picnic in the park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this urban cultural park with a picnic lunch.
- Visit one of the country’s foremost science centers. Explore the California Academy of Sciences and you’ll be sure to learn many new things about the world around us.
- Indulge your artistic side with a visit to the world-class de Young Museum.
- A lover of nature? Then stop by the Conservatory of Flowers to marvel at the most beautiful collection of blossoms you’ll ever see.
- Interact with some of the world’s most amazing critters at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. In addition to rare and endangered animals from around the globe, they also have 100 acres of peaceful gardens for you to explore.
An area that’s quite popular with tourists, this waterfront neighborhood encompasses Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and the departure point for many cruises. It’s also filled with lots of shops and seafood restaurants.
- Check out the weird and wonderful artifacts on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! You can certainly say this is the most bizarre museum you’ve ever been to.
- “Meet” your favorite celebrities at the iconic Madame Tussauds.
- Set sail on a cruise. Whether you’re scoping out the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, or the local landmarks, many cruises depart from Pier 39.
- Learn about local marine life with a visit to the educational Aquarium of the Bay, an institution that particularly focuses on creatures and plants native to the area.
- Take a trip to Angel Island. A ferry to this beautiful state park departs regularly.
- Hop on (or off!) a sightseeing tour. This is also the location for many city tour pick-ups.
Here are more ideas for things to do at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
- Stroll through one of the country’s most important Chinatowns, and don’t forget to snap a photo of the famous Dragon’s Gate, which marks the entrance to this vibrant cultural space.
- Take the kids to one of the most interactive museums around – the famous Exploratorium.
- For the literarily inclined, a visit to the Beat Museum is a must-do.
- Hop aboard a self-guided Go Car for the most interesting and informative tour you’ll take of the city.
- If you’d like, stop for dinner! There are tons of excellent restaurants ranging from delicious Chinese to tasty gastropub fare.
SoMa (South of Market)
Top Things to Do in SoMa
- Visit the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with its impressive collections of the best modern and contemporary art from around the globe.
- Ponder the intersections of art and nature at the Yerba Buena Gardens (be sure to check out the waterfall).
- Learn about Jewish history, heritage, and modern role in the US at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
- Bring the kids to work off some of their excess energy at the Children’s Creativity Museum, an interactive and innovative space for learning and play.
- Remember your love of Peanuts? Pay a visit to the Cartoon Art Museum to see old favorites and discover new artwork in genres including graphic novels and comic books.
- Explore California’s diverse and varied history with a visit to the California Historical Society.
- Take in a ball game or just tour the stadium at the new and spiffy-looking AT&T Park.
More ideas for things to do in Union Square and SoMa here.
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- Explore one of the most unique museums in the area (which is saying something in a city like San Francisco) at the Legion of Honor, designed to mimic a grand 18th century French palace.
- Pay a visit to the exciting Walt Disney Family Museum, a massive institution that features rare and historical collections telling the history of Walt himself and his iconic empire.
- Ride a bike or hike through the many trails that wind through the park.
Save on Attraction Admission in San Francisco Neighborhoods
As you can see, there is so much to see and do in San Francisco that you’re bound to create a fun-filled vacation, whichever neighborhoods you decide to visit.
Don’t forget to pick up a San Francisco attractions pass to help you save up to 45% on combined admission prices versus paying at the gate. Many of the attractions, activities, and things to do mentioned in this San Francisco neighborhoods post are included attraction options on the Go San Francisco Card, so be sure to check it out!