San Francisco is a populous city, which has a huge number of places for entertainment. There are a lot of parks, beaches, clubs and restaurants here. Unique and elegant, cheerful and cosmopolitan, San Francisco is a place that evokes strong emotions, it’s simply impossible that you won’t fall in love with it. Locals say: “You can leave San Francisco, but San Francisco will never leave you.”
Top ten things to do in San FranciscoThe de Young museum can be included in the top list of things to see in San Francisco. It is an arts museum, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The Park is a thousand acres of manicured lakes, gardens, bike paths and trails for jogging. Moreover, two of the best museums in the city, de Young and the California Academy of Sciences are located in the Golden Gate Park. Contemporary art and world class fashions are collected in the de Young museum. Do not miss a visit to the observation tower, from where you can admire the beautiful views of the city. On Fridays, from 5:00 pm you can take part in various musical, poetic, dance and artistic events.
- Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park
- Contact: 001 415 750 3600, deyoung.famsf.org
- Hours: 9: 30-17: 15 (Tuesday-Sunday), 9: 30-20: 45 (Friday)
- Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park
- Contact: 001 415 379 8000, www.calacademy.org
- Hours: 9: 30-17: 00 (Monday-Saturday), 11: 00-17: 00 (Sunday)
The central part of the building is a 71-meter clock tower, which was modeled as the Giralda bell tower (Seville). Tower Ferry Building is clearly visible from different places, including Market Street – the main street of San Francisco.
- Address: One Ferry Building, San Francisco
- Contact: 001 415 983 8030, ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
- Hours: 10: 00-18: 00 (Monday-Friday), 9: 00-18: 00 (Saturday), 11: 00-17: 00 (Sunday)
- Price: Free
In the US, it’s better known as the Rock. From 1934 to 1963 it was a federal prison for dangerous criminals. Among it’s most famous inmates were Al Capone, Doc and Ma Baker and Robert Stroud. No one escaped from there, although 34 people have tried and legend has it that three of them had success, but the “authorities hide this fact”. Note that there is only one official tour operator, which is allowed to organize cruises and excursions to the former prison, it’s the Alcatraz Cruises. By the way, the tour includes listening to the audio interviews with former prisoners.
- Location: Pier 33, Hornblower Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco
- Contact: 001 415 981 7625, www.alcatrazcruises.com
- Hours: 9: 10-16: 20 (Thursday-Monday), 9: 10-13: 55 (Monday-Wednesday)
- Contacts: sfcablecar.com
- Hours: daily
- Address: Pier 39 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
- Contacts: pier39.com
- Hours: from around 10 am to 10 pm during the summer, Between September and May, most of the Pier 39 shops have shorter hours from 10 am to 9 pm.
The Aquarium consists of three parts. In the first one, visitors can get acquainted with the fauna of the Gulf. The second part of the center is the largest one and is made in the form of a glass tunnel with a length of more than 90 m. The tunnel is surrounded by 3 million liters of water, where there are 20,000 sea creatures. Through the glass you can see drifting shoals of fish, unusual jellyfish, sharks and other inhabitants of the Gulf. In the second tunnel you can watch the deep world and see amazing animals. In the latter part of the Aquarium you can even touch some sea creatures, for example, rays, sea stars and leopard sharks.
- Address: The Embarcadero / Beach Street (Pier 39), San Francisco, CA 94133
- Contacts: aquariumofthebay.org
- Hours: Summer (Beginning Saturday, May 26th) – Every day: 9 am – 8 pm
September 2 – October 30; March 1-May 28 – Monday – Thursday: 10am to 7pm, Friday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Beginning October 31 – Monday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm, Friday – Sunday: 10am – 7pmOne of the things you must do in San Francisco is visit the Coit Tower. This memorial is located in Pioneer Park at the top of Telegraph Hill. The lookout offers a unique view of San Francisco. Due to this fact, the tower is a favorite place for tourists. From the observation deck you can survey many sights of San Francisco, such as: the Golden Gate Bridge, Maritime National Historical Park, Alcatraz, Pier 39, Treasure Island and Angel Island, Oakland Bay Bridge, Russian Hill District, Lombard Street, and much more – all this will turn up in front of your eyes from the Coit Tower. The best views can be enjoyed in the evening before sunset.
- Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco
- Contact: 001 415 362 0808
- Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
The main street of Chinatown is Grant Avenue. You can get into the area through the symbolic gates on Bush Street, which are guarded by two stone lions. It is the most densely populated area of San Francisco. You will see many restaurants, bakeries, shops with spices and tourist shops filled with cheap oriental souvenirs. It is estimated that Chinatown has about 300 restaurants.
Every year in mid-September in Chinatown they celebrate a traditional Chinese holiday Autumn Moon Festival.
- Address: Grant Avenue and Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94101
Union Square is also used as a venue for celebrations, concerts and public events, art exhibitions. At Christmas, the area traditionally is decorated with Christmas trees.
- Contact: visitunionsquaresf.com