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What To Do at the Golden Gate Bridge:

  • Walk across the bridge.. Many people want to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Indeed, this is a wonderful experience. You can see the Pacific Ocean on one side and the San Francisco Bay on the other. As long as it’s not foggy out, you can see a great view of the city skyline from the bridge and you can also see Sausalito, Angel Island and Alcatraz. It’s a great place for taking classic San Francisco pictures. Make sure that you bring a jacket because it’s usually cold in this area of the city. Also, wear good walking shoes because the walk across the bridge is over one mile each way.
  • Bicycle across the bridge One of the most popular ways for travelers to get to the other side of the bridge is to rent a bike and ride it across to the other side. Bike rentals are available throughout Fisherman's Wharf for around $8/hour or $32 per day. Be aware that it is usually cold and windy on the bridge so a jacket is a good idea.
    Enjoy views of the city skyline. On either side of the bridge are small parking lots where you can view the Bay, ocean, and Marin Headlands. Take lots of photos while you’re here!
  • Look out for the suicide phones. At either end of the Golden Gate Bridge you will see emergency phones with signage letting people know that they have options other than to end their lives. Although this is a bit morbid, it is an important part of the history of the Golden Gate Bridge because each year there are people who commit suicide by jumping off of the bridge. There is even a documentary, called The Bridge, about this issue. It’s a highly controversial topic because some people in the city want to erect nets to prevent this from happening and others don’t want the bridge to have these nets.
  • Buy souvenirs. There’s a gift shop located at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge in a cool-looking building called the Roundhouse. This historic building was originally a restaurant but is now a great spot for you to pick up those cheesy San Francisco souvenirs that you want to take home at the end of your trip.
  • Check out the Lone Sailor Memorial. This is a Navy statue that was made in bronze and copied multiple times to be placed in different important spots in the United States. One of these is at the Southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Location: Crosses Golden Gate Strait to the north of the city.


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  • 1. Eat a Dim Sum Lunch.Stop into Hang Ah Tea Room (1 Pagoda Place; 415-982-5686) for an authentic and inexpensive dim sum lunch. Opened in 1920, Hang Ah claims to be the oldest Chinese restaurant in San Francisco.
  • 2. Visit the Tin How Temple. Dedicated to the queen of the heavens and the goddess of the seven seas in 1855, the Tin How Temple (25 Waverly Place; open daily 9-5) is the oldest Chinese temple in the United States. Inside, hundreds of red and gold lanterns hang from the ceiling.
  • 3. Restore Yourself at Daan Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture.In business for 40 years, Daan (614 Jackston St.; 415-433-3271) stocks traditional herbal remedies and employs two full- time acupuncturists
  • 4. Pick up a Souvenir at the Chinatown Kite Shop.This colorful, chockablock shop sells an impressive selection of kites, para foils, Chinese costumes and lanterns, and souvenirs. 717 Grant St.; 989-5182
  • 5. Take a Wok Wiz Tour. Learn about the ornate architecture and the best places to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, and linens on a Wok Wiz walking tour. Guides speak fluent Cantonese; tours are offered with or without a dim sum lunch.
  • 6. Visit Buddha’s Universal Church.A San Francisco historical landmark, Buddha’s Universal Church (720 Washington St.; 415-982-6116) is the largest Buddhist Church in the United States. The church offers services in Chinese and English as well as tours and lectures.
  • 7. Discover Your Future at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.This center of fortune cookie making in California turns out 20,000 cookies per day and also houses a small museum. Bags of cookies are for sale. 56 Ross Alley; 781-3956.
Location: Centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street.


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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.

Location: 900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109.


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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.
Location: 1 Zoo Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132.


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Just one ticket lets you explore the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, 40,000 live animals and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof.

General Admission

It’s easy to plan a visit to the California Academy of Sciences. One general admission includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof. Admission to this popular Bay Area attraction includes a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks and more. It's fun for the whole family!

Museum Tickets

The Academy is one of the most memorable Bay Area attractions, and is a great place to bring friends and family.

General Admission Buy Tickets
Adult $29.95
Senior (ages 65 and over) $24.95
Student $24.95
Youth (ages 12-17) $24.95
Child (ages 4-11) $19.95
Ages 3 and under FREE

General Admission Tickets are subject to a $5 peak period surcharge on select dates.

Academy Tours
Behind-the-Scenes Tours Details
$24.95 Adult or Child (ages 8+)
$19.95 Member Adult or Child (ages 8+)
Group Tours Details
NightLife Tickets Buy Tickets
Adult (21 and over) Details $12
Member (21 and over) $10
NightLife VIP Tour Details $59

Location: 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118.