Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area
Whether you're a fan of shopping, sightseeing, historical attractions or all of the above, San Francisco has quite a bit of it all. Bring along a sweater since many people think that the evenings get chilly, even in the warmer months. One of the great things about San Francisco is BART, which allows you to save on parking and fuel by hopping on a bus or trolley. There are easily more things to do in the city by the bay than you'll have time to experience, but we've listed just a few of our favorites. For additional points of interest and San Francisco attractions, visit the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Golden Gate State Park
This 1,017-acre park features the Japanese Tea Garden, a golf course, M.H. De Young Museum the Conservatory of Flowers, Morrison Planetarium, the Strybing Arboretum and the Asian Art Museum. Other seasonal activities at this unique park include lawn bowling, children's carousel and the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant.
This is one of San Francisco's most famous and frequently visited waterfront destinations and includes Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the National Maritime Museum, the Cannery and Riptide Arcade, as well as many restaurants and pubs. If time allows, you could easily spend an entire day exploring the Fisherman's Wharf area.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
This intertidal area on the California coast was established in 1969. A diverse variety of sea life makes their homes in the inter-tidal; that area between low and high tide. Over 25 new species have been discovered at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
This urban national park offers scenic walking trails, historic and architectural beauty and unforgettable views that you won't see anywhere else in the city. Bring your camera!
There's only one way to see Alcatraz, the most famous prison of all time. It's best to make your reservations in advance. You can also buy tickets and print them ahead of time on their website. Cruises depart from Fisherman's Wharf.