What To Do at the Golden Gate Bridge:
What To Do at CHINATOWN SAN FRANCISCO:
What To Do at the Ghirardelli Square:
Ghirardelli Square, considered the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country, has a history that spans more than a century and covers three continents. This specialty retail and dining complex, housing shops and restaurants, was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico "Domingo" Ghirardelli.
Born in 1817 in Rapallo, Italy, Ghirardelli served as a Genoa confectioner's apprentice and at a young age developed a strong interest in the business. He left for Uruguay when he was 20 years old, then sailed around Cape Horn to Peru where he became a coffee and chocolate merchant.
James Lick-Ghirardelli's neighbor in Lima-left for San Francisco in January 1848 taking 600 pounds of Ghirardelli's chocolate with him. He arrived just thirteen days before the first shiploads of gold-rush pioneers. Lured by his friend's tales of the gold rush, Ghirardelli joined Lick a year later and opened a general store supplying mustard, coffee, spices and, of course, chocolate.
Between 1852 and 1895, Ghirardelli's Chocolate Factory was located at four different sites before the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company took over the Pioneer Woolen Mills on North Point Street-today's site of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory & Soda Fountain and Ghirardelli Square.
In the 1960s the chocolate manufacturing operation was sold and transferred to San Leandro. A group of San Franciscans, fearing Ghirardelli Square might be demolished, purchased the property. Unique shops and restaurants were created within the old factory, combining the latest in retailing and fine cuisine with the flavor of old San Francisco. The project officially opened on November 29, 1964.
Today, Ghirardelli delights visitors with its lively retail mix, while maintaining Ghirardelli's tradition as a trendsetter for the rest of the world. In 1982 the owners applied for and were granted National Historic Register status, a move that ensured the preservation of Ghirardelli Square for future generations.
Always on the cutting edge of retailing in the United States, Ghirardelli Square continues to serve as a model for restoration complexes throughout the country such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and Baltimore's Harborplace.
What To Do at SAN FEANCISCO ZOO:
The San Francisco Zoo is located at 1 Zoo Road and operates daily from 10 am to 5pm (the San Francisco Zoo is open on all holidays). The zoo can be reached at 415-753-7080. Public transit to the zoo includes the following Muni bus lines: L-Taraval, #18 - 46th Avenue; and #23 Monterey.
The zoo's rides feature a miniature steam train and old time vintage carousel. Both rides are $2 per person.
|San Francisco Zoo - Main Guide||Everything you need to visit a great zoo right near downtown San Francisco.|
|Big Cats - Lions & Tigers||Don't miss the giant cats of the San Francisco Zoo. You can get close up to them with the zoo's unique cat areas.|
|Primates - Monkeys & Gorillas||The primates roam free in the zoo's open areas - surrounded by water moats for safety. See big gorillas or active monkeys.|
|Zoo Attractions||Your children will enjoy the zoo's miniature train ride and old-time vintage carousel.|
|Hooved Animals||Zebras, donkeys, goats, and al-paca's include petting areas for some hooved animals your kids can enjoy.|