Fun Attractions in San Francisco

Fun Attractions in San Francisco

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 02/1/16

7 Delightful Activities in San Francisco


1. Visit a Victorian House

You’ve seen the iconic Painted Ladies on countless tv shows and ubiquitous stock photos. But have you gone to visit one in person? Try a Victorian home walking tour and experience the colorful rows of houses, stunning gardens, and famous mansions. You’ll learn about the history of the city as well as these beautiful elaborately embellished homes. Some tours will even allow you to go inside on of these historic Victorian houses.

2. Pier 39

Pier 39 is a definite must on your list of activities to do in San Francisco. Conveniently located on the Embarcadero, the aquarium, carnival rides, local eateries, and shopping will provide a day of fun for you and your family. At the aquarium, you can see sharks, fish, and seals. You can even pet baby stingrays here! The nearby farmers market at the Ferry Building is a great place to buy gifts, snacks, and delicious fresh cooking ingredients.

3. Fisherman’s Wharf

If you’re craving some clam chowder and a nice ocean view, be sure to hit up the Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit the Fisherman’s Wharf for superb shopping, world class hotels, delectable restaurants, and other family friendly attractions. A food lover’s delight, the sea food at these local restaurants will have your taste buds watering. Be sure to try to crab, lobster, clams, and fresh fish.

4. Ghirardelli Square

You haven’t truly experienced San Francisco until you’ve had a luxurious ice cream sundae from San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop. A hot fudge and banana sundae will be number one on your list of top treats in the Bay Area. A drizzle of crunchy nuts atop your sundae will have you coming back for seconds. The chocolate shop even hands out free chocolates of the day upon entry. Enjoy Ghirardelli Square’s shopping, waterfront dining, and other fun tourist attractions.

5. Bicycle Tour of Golden Gate Bridge

One of the best things to do in San Francisco for those who are new to the city is to rent bike and take a self-guided tour across Golden Gate Bridge. Finish up your tour with a relaxing lunch in Sausalito, and then take the ferry back across the water. By taking a bicycle tour, you’ll get to familiarize yourself with the cities and all its scenic views.

6. Alcatraz

Alcatraz, the notorious tourist attraction, was once a maximum security federal prison. This spooky penitentiary was also where Al Capone, infamous American gangster finished out his term. Alcatraz closed its doors on March 21, 1963, and it is now a museum with an audio tour. You can cruise to this island on the ferry, and get a taste of danger and suspense.

7. Sutro Baths

You almost won’t believe that these gorgeous ruins are located in the busy city of San Francisco. The Sutro Baths were a massive, privately owned saltwater swimming pool complex on the Outer Richmond District of San Francisco. It was built in 1896 but burned to the ground in a fire in 1967. If you dine at Cliff House along the water, you’ll see a gorgeous view of these amazing ruins.

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