Ten things to do in San Francisco

1.Bike Share

For over 40 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. We are one of the largest and most effective advocacy groups in the country. Through our day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with City and community agencies, the SF Bicycle Coalition creates safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans.



2.Sightseeing Tours, Cruises, and Rentals at Fishermen’s Wharf

As San Francisco’s #1 visitor destination, we have a lot to offer out-of-towners and local Bay Area residents alike. The tangy salt air and fabulous views are just the beginning of a memorable experience.



3.Big Bus Tours in San Francisco

Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco's unique history. You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary or an entertaining live commentary. You can hop-on and hop-off the bus to visit attractions before hopping back on-board to continue your journey. The tour's main highlight is the journey over the fabled Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning views back across San Francisco Bay from Vista Point. Don't forget your camera to help capture some memorable moments.



4.Ripley’s Believe it or not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is San Francisco’s home to weird class family fun that is located in the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf near Pier 39. With two floors and over 10,000 square feet filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the weirdest thing on the Wharf! See in person the incredible “Believe It or Not!’s” you’ve read about it in the Ripley books and cartoons and watched on television. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is a self-guided, self-paced interactive tour that is fun for the whole family and allows guests to fully enjoy San Francisco’s most bizarre attraction!



5.San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; Enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; Maintains financial stability and gains public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.



6.Alcatraz Island

1.5 miles into the San Francisco Bay is Alcatraz Island, a former federal penitentiary turned national park. After a short ferry ride, visitors can tour the island, the cellblock, and various parts of the prison that once held such inmates as Al Capone and Bumpy Johnson. Alcatraz, spanish for Pelican, is also a favorite of bird watchers for the blend of sea birds that inhabit the island. For more information about visiting Alcatraz Island, including information on transportation, please click here.


7.Lands End

style="text-align: center; color: white">Lands End is on the northwest corner of San Francisco, the area that juts the farthest out to sea. It is a small national park with multiple short trails that afford views of the ocean, the Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Lands End also contains the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths, an ocean-powered pool and bath house. For more information on Lands End, please click here.

For a list of 26 great views of San Francisco, please click here.


8.The Haight-Ashbury

An iconic of the Hippy Movement and the epicenter of the ?Summer of Love,? The Haight-Ashbury has kept its particular brand of counter-culture. With its Victorian architecture, houses made famous by musicians such as the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, as well as a vibrant nightlife and dining/shopping scene, the Haight is a big draw for visitors in San Francisco. For landmarks, shopping, and the entrance to Golden Gate Park, visit Upper Haight Street. For a quieter smaller community experience visit the Lower Haight. For more information about the Haight-Ashbury, please click here.


9.North Beach

style="text-align: center; color: white">style="text-align: center; color: white">style="text-align: center; color: white">North Beach is San Francisco?s Little Italy, located in the northwest corner of the city. Although the population is much more diverse now, the architecture and atmosphere remain distinctly Italian-American. North Beach offers the best of San Francisco in Italian cuisine, and is famous for its live music scene. North Beach was also the center of the Beatnik Movement, and contains a Beat Museum with history of its writers such as Jack Kerouac. For more information about North Beach, please click here.


10.Golden Gate Park

style="text-align: center; color: white">Golden Gate Park is San Francisco?s biggest park, taking up slightly over 1,000 acres of the city. Just inside the east entrance of the park is an open air music concourse surrounded by various day trip options. The California Academy of Sciences contains a planetarium, an enclosed rainforest habitat that visitors can tour, and an aquarium, as well as various other wildlife exhibits. The De Young Museum of fine Arts is located just across the concourse. For those looking for a quieter experience, Golden Gate Park also contains a Japanese Tea Garden, a Conservatory of Flowers, and a Botanical Garden that contains a very wide variety of flora grouped into like habitats. Row- and paddle-boat rentals are also available at Stow Lake, a man made lake with an island and lookout point in the center. For more information about Golden Gate Park, please click here.