To be honest, we thought San Francisco City would be boring. We usually like nature areas more than city areas but San Francisco City blew that stubborn thinking off our brains just like how Washington, DC did. These two cities have won over our hearts as of now. However in this blog, I will focus on how San Francisco took our breath away and leave Washington for another blogpost!
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Things to do In San Francisco
Marina Park: Overlook the city of San Francisco
One of the places to visit is Marina Park, where you can step back, relax and overlook the skyscrapers of San Francisco City and the bridges such as Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge that make up San Francisco. There are many spots in Marina Park, so drive and look around to discover the different places!
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is an urban park, larger than Central Park. It is 3 miles long and consists of many top attractions such as the de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, National Aids Memorial Grove, Buffalo Paddock, Beach Chalet, Dutch and Murphy Windmills.
Pier 39 is a must visit place in San Francisco City. It is vibrant and lively with friendly locals. We had a hard time finding accommodation and we were feeling exhausted but when we arrived at Pier 39, it lifted our spirits and lighted our day up! The mood of the place was exuberant and the locals were extremely helpful.
1. Chocolate Heaven
There are plenty of chocolate stores and gift shops in the States but i must say that this is the only place that has so many unique gifts; be it for your anniversary, small souvenirs or even small treats for yourself! They have little trolleys that San Francisco is famous for and many other unique things! Get your souvenirs here!
Sunday to Thursday 10:00-22:00
Friday to Saturday 10:00-23:00
2. Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay is not a must visit attraction as it is actually quite small and the types of living things are quite limited but it would be nice to go if you have kids! There is a section where you can get up close with unique fishes such as stingrays, starfishes and many many more.
Adult : 24.95
Child (4-12): 14.95
Seniors (65+): 19.95
Family rate ( 2 adult + 2 children ): 70
Monday to Saturday 10:00-19:00
3. Watch Entertaining Performances
At Pier 39, there are several performances being shown at specific times everyday. The one we watched wasn’t perfect but at least he made it entertaining enough for us to stay on!
4. Meet the Sea Lions!
Similarly, there are Sea Lion performances at specific times of the day. We watched the one at 0630pm. The performer was really funny and entertaining. He was able to successful pull the crowd’s attention. Though he did make a few mistakes here and there, it was rather entertaining and we enjoyed it very much!
At K’s Dock, there are a lot of sunbathing seals that will happily greet you with barks. There were cases of them going missing due to unpredictable behaviour and pregnancy but don’t worry, there will still be seals there most of the time! If you want to be sure that they are there, do check their webcam before heading down.
The Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 43 1/2)
Once you arrive here, you will find a whole row of food shops where you can try their local seafood that is freshly caught and prepared right here! It is a main attraction with huge masses of tourists. Check out Number 2 on our Local Delights Section below to find out more!
1. San Francisco Dungeon
Conveniently located at Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 43 1/2), just beside Madame Tussauds is the Dungeon. The Dungeon is a unique way to find out about the history of San Francisco. My sister thought it would be boring as it was just story telling but its short, engaging stories that are sometimes scary and interactive made for a riveting experience!
In the Dungeon, you will enter several rooms that are uniquely decorated and depict the past. Additionally, in each room you will be told a different past of San Francisco. The short stories include the torturous moments and the wandering spirits in Alcatraz and how people were forced into slavery. We definitely enjoyed this place and even bought some souvenir for memory sake!
Adult (13+): 19.99 (Online), 15.99(Before 12am)
Address: 145 Jefferson St #500, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Picture of the Souvenir: