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Activities in San Francisco / Things to do in San Francisco

This comprehensive list is all you will need when looking for things to do in San Francisco - activities are ordered by popularity based on ratings received by people who have done them..


1. Pray At The Holy Virgin Cathedral
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The Holy Virgin Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in San Francisco and well worth a visit if you are in the area. It is one of the most colorful churches in San Francisco. The Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral was built by ...more

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Lombard Street is one of the crookedest streets in the world, as well as the most beautiful. Thousands of tourists come here to see this spectacle and to experience the hair raising ride to the bottom. Whether you walk or drive Lombard Street...more

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Over 1.5 million people come to see the magnificent redwood forest each year at the Muir Woods National Park which is situated just 19 kilometers outside of San Francisco. The sheer magnitude of the trees is awesome – you feel so small stroll...more

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The mile long Golden Gate Bridge offers visitors sweeping panoramic views of the San Francisco’s skyline. This famous bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County – a crossing that used to be accomplished via ferry. At the time of completio...more

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If you only visit one art gallery in San Francisco, the Palace of the Legion of Honor is the best fine art museum in the country. The Legion of Honor is located amidst the Lincoln Golf Course in the northwest area of the city. The museum is home...more

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Take advantage of the gorgeous San Francisco weather and spend a day on one of the top beaches in the San Francisco area. Baker beach is a gorgeous stretch of beach to the west of the Golden Gate Bridge. From this vantage point, you overlook the G...more

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Enjoy the freshest seafood, get up early and watch fisherman going about their daily business at one of San Francisco’s top tourist destinations. Strolling through the entire Fisherman’s Wharf takes only half an hour. Many criticize Fisherman’...more

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San Francisco Bay cruises offer guests a magnificent view of the San Francisco bay and its attractions. The San Francisco skyline, golden gate bridge and Alcatraz are just some of the sights to be seen on a typical bay cruise and some of the c...more

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The Exploratorium is a very popular museum located just behind the Palace of Fine Arts. The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art and human perception which appeals to everyone, not just science nerds. The Palace of Fine Arts is of San F...more

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Pier 39 is a must do on any travel itinerary in San Francisco!! Crammed into this pier is over 110 different stores catering to a variety of tastes and price brackets. The street performers are very entertaining too, with magicians, clowns, fi...more

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The Golden Gate Park is the third most visited national park in America. It stretches over 174 acres in the middle of San Francisco and was originally considered useless, as it was sandy dunes, but in 1860 as a need for a central recreational...more

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San Francisco Theatre is as diverse as the many people that live here. The city is well known for its thriving nightlife and its theatre is highly regarded by visitors from all over the world. Arts and culture are an important part of San Franci...more

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The San Francisco Maritime National History Park is probably one of the most worthwhile sights to see at the overcrowded Fisherman’s wharf in San Francisco. This impressive museum has some historic ships that have been around for over a hundred y...more

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Hop aboard San Francisco’s famous cable car and take a scenic route around the city. It was the worlds first mechanized mass transport system, and is still the last remaining manually operated cable car system in the world. The idea for these...more

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The San Francisco surrounds produce some of the best wines in the world. This area is known to be the centre of the American wine industry. Nestled in the picturesque valleys just an hour from the centre of San Francisco these wine regions are vi...more

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San Francisco by night is a vibrant city with many different types of entertainment. There is something for everyone here! Known as the gay capital of the world – the city is particularly colorful at night. It’s not difficult to fill your evening...more

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China Town in downtown San Francisco is the largest Chinatown outside of the authentic Chinatowns in Asia!! Chinatown developed as many Chinese immigrants settled in San Francisco during the mid 1800’s. The 1906 earthquake destroyed the origin...more

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Ghirardelli Square is situated at the far end of Fisherman’s wharf and provides a nice change of scenery from this thriving tourist area. It’s the perfect location for a nice ice cream from the traditional ice cream parlor on a hot day. Ghir...more

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If you are in San Francisco and are looking for an experience that is unlike anything else in the world, then the Audium is a perfect evening’s entertainment. The Audium is a theater that explores the relationship between space and sound in a...more

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Alcatraz is one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco. This 25 acre island is situated in the heart of San Francisco Bay and hosts over 1.4 million visitors come to see this National Historic Landmark each year!! In 1934, ...more

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a landmark in San Francisco. It is known not only for its impressive collection, but also for its beautiful design. The gallery houses a sizable permanent collection of over 15 000 works which incl...more

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San Francisco has an amazing diversity between different neighborhoods. The Haight Ashbury area was once known as the heart of the hippie movement. Flower power, free love and drugs were a part of life in the 1960’s Haight Ashbury area. Anti-war ...more

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Washington Square is located in North Beach, amidst the bustling Italian community. Washington Square is situated next to St. Peter and St. Paul Church and provides a tranquil park in the middle of this busy area. You can see Telegraph hill a...more

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Free summer concerts can never be a bad thing. But set these concerts against the backdrop of a San Franciscan summer and you have the makings for a magical evening outdoors. Watch jazz, rock or dance performances. Anything goes here at Stern Gr...more

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San Franciscans take spectator sports seriously and you cannot spend time here without attending a Giants at the Pacific Bell Park. If you are visiting during baseball season then you can expect to attend a baseball game at the AT&T Park. Experie...more

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The Cliff House is one San Francisco’s many landmarks. But the Cliff House is not your average San Francisco landmark. It is a historical site with restaurants, from here the view of the Pacific Ocean is simply unbeatable. The Cliff House h...more

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The Presidio National Park in San Francisco is a beautiful place to visit; with so many activities to choose from you might end up coming back for another visit. The Presidio National Park covers over 14,000 acres and includes beaches and fo...more

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This Episcopal Cathedral is awe inspiring and makes for a great afternoon. Grace Cathedral is located on Nob Hill this cathedral has a gothic design which is intricate and beautiful, a real treat for visitors. The original Grace Church was bu...more

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The 49 mile scenic drive is the best way to see and explore San Francisco at your own pace. This beautiful drive covers most of the major tourist attractions and allows you to take as much or little time as you like at each. Plan to spend about ...more

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The Cartoon Art museum in San Francisco is a small, inconspicuous building just behind a bookstore on Mission Street in San Francisco. Inside is a unique and enjoyable museum dedicated to the preservation of Cartoons as an art form. The museum...more

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The Musee Mechanique is an interesting collection of coin operated machines, games and displays guaranteed to engage your inner child. The Musee has had an uncertain past and faced closure a few years ago. Thankfully, the Musee found a new l...more

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The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is home to over 16,000 works of Asian art and artifacts. The Asian Art museum has long been a major attraction in San Francisco. The oldest pieces in the Asian Art Museum date back over 6,000 years ago! ...more

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Union Square is one of the most popular places in San Francisco. It is perhaps best known for its amazing shopping and fantastic restaurants, but there are plenty of other reasons to come and see and explore Union Square. Union Square is loc...more

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For the more adventurous traveler a San Francisco Seaplane Tour is a wonderful experience. From the air, you can see most of San Francisco’s attractions, so even if you do not manage to see everything – you have seen it all from the air! San...more

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Angel Island State Park spans 740 acres of forest and occasional wildflower displays and is a picture perfect setting for a day of outdoor adventure in San Francisco. Take a ferry ride to Angel Island Park and spend some time exploring this b...more

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A day at San Francisco Zoo makes for a day of fun and learning. Great for children and adults, this Zoo houses over 250 different species of animals. There are also special exhibits as well as shows. The San Francisco zoo has a historical ...more

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Follow the rainbow signage to one of the gay communities in the world. Rainbow flags adorn many windows signaling that you have entered the gayest place in the world. Known as the Gay Mecca of the World; this area attracts thousands of stra...more

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Japantown (also known as Little Osaka) is located just a mile from Union Square. The Japantown here is small and encompasses roughly six blocks between Sutter Street and Geary Street. Japantown is an easy walk offers a unique perspective in the ...more

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Have you ever wanted to touch a shark? The Aquarium on the bay gives visitors the opportunity to stroke a shark, a bat ray or enjoy some of the other interactive displays. The Aquarium displays over 20,000 marine animals indigenous to the San...more

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North Beach seems to be everyone’s favorite neighborhood in San Francisco. Bustling with activity this neighborhood has something for everyone! Nestled between Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill, North Beach is also known as ‘Little Italy’. It ...more

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Topped with a living roof, the newly rebuilt California Academy of Sciences is home to an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum. From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the 2.5-acre living roof, the building ...more

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Situated on Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower is an important part of any San Francisco Itinerary. It is ranked as one of the top ten attractions in San Francisco and is!! The Coit Tower is named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit who financed the building...more

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The San Francisco Civic Center is another of the city’s architectural masterpieces. The center was designed by French architects between 1913 and 1915. The dome is a copy of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. San Francisco is a city steeped in h...more

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