Fun Things to Do in San Francisco – The Ultimate Tourist Guide for Your Trip

It’s hard to argue San Francisco’s reputation as one of the happiest city in America. The City by the Bay has lots of fun outdoor activities, unique landscape, iconic architecture, a world-class museum culture, and more.

Whether you’re traveling with kids, planning a romantic getaway, meeting up with friends, or going solo, our travel guides have all the information you need, right here in one place.

Things to do in San Francisco when you’re not taking pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge:

What are some popular attractions to visit?

These are just a few. Want more fun ideas for things to do in San Francisco? Head over here for more San Francisco attractions to see during your trip.

How long are you visiting?

不管你是不是来旧金山24 - 小时或整整一周,我们将样本行程与一些城市中最受欢迎的活动放在一起。


Who are you visiting with?

No matter who you’re traveling with, there are a ton of fun things to do in San Francisco, particularly for families.

We’ve put together a list of top attractions and activities geared towards young kids and teens to help you plan your trip.

What type of activities interest you?


What parts of San Francisco are you visiting?

Explore San Francisco by neighborhood to maximize your time sightseeing.


When are you visiting?


Check out our lists of things to do in the city throughout the year to make the most of your itinerary and experience unique, calendar-based events.

What’s the best way to get around?


随上随下旅游: 随上随下观光巴士之旅(包括景点选择)是了解城市和参观热门景点的绝佳方式。旅游遵循特定的路线和时间表,因此如果您有定时的门票或预订,请进行相应的计划。

汽车: 如果您计划驾车游览景点,请务必留出时间在市中心停车。

Public transportation: San Francisco’s Muni Transit consists of Muni buses, historic streetcars, the Muni Metro light rail, and cable cars which are easy to use and service popular destinations throughout the city.

在旧金山之外,Amtrak California服务点位于旧金山南部和南部以及BART连接SF半岛与奥克兰,伯克利,弗里蒙特,核桃溪,都柏林/普莱森顿以及东湾的其他城市。

小贴士: download the MuniMobile app to purchase and save and for point-to-point trip planning.

Taxis: taxis are typically available at most hotels and shared ride services such as Uber and Lyft are widely available and easy to use.

Looking for more info? Check out our post on getting around San Francisco for tourists.

Where should you stay?

There are plenty of great places to stay in the area. Below are a handful of hotel suggestions located near popular tourist attractions and fun things to do.

  • Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf
  • 华盛顿广场酒店
  • 波希米亚酒店
  • Omni 旧金山酒店
  • 洛伊斯丽晶旧金山酒店

Where should you shop?

In between sightseeing, try and find time to pick up some souvenirs. Here are a few popular areas to get some shopping in.

  • 礼物中心和珠宝店
  • 布卢明代尔的
  • 佩塔卢马村高级奥特莱斯
  • 纳帕高级奥特莱斯购物中心
  • Union Square

Make sure to check out all of the extra discounts and savings available on the Go San Francisco Card.


Go on a tour of San Francisco’ foodie scene with our top picks for family-friendly places to eat in San Francisco.  We’ve included top picks for every appetite and attractions nearby so you can sightsee while you taste your way through San Francisco’s culinary destinations. No judgement.

Fun Info from a Local

  • San Francisco was part of Mexico until the end of the Mexican-American war in 1848.
  • The California grizzly on California’s state flag was modeled after Monarch, a former resident of Golden Gate Park.
  • You can’t see the Golden Gate Bridge from Golden Gate Park. For the best views, head to Crissy Field, Battery Spencer, or Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point.
  • San Francisco’s cable cars hold the title of a National Historical Monument – and they’re the only one that can move.
  • 金门大桥上使用的油漆的官方名称是“国际橙色”。

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