There is so much to do in San Francisco. Here are some ideas for your group:
- Fisherman’s Wharf: Great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz plus Musée Mécanique, Boudin Bakers and Cafe, PIER 39, and Candy Baron.
- Boudin Bakers and Cafe: Bread recipe nurtured since 1849. Eat at the Bakery & Cafe in Baker’s Hall, or shop for gourmet gifts in the marketplace. Boudin’s is a demonstration bakery- watch them baking batches of bread by hand through a 30-foot observation window.
- Musée Mécanique: One of the world’s largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!) Free admission every day!
- PIER 39: 45-acre waterfront complex; a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, 5-acre waterfront park. Spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions.
- The Candy Baron: Nostalgic shop offering barrels filled with saltwater taffy and old-fashioned bulk candies.
- Alcatraz Island: Offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and U.S. built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare. Various tours are offered.
- San Francisco Zoo: Home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species as well as lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants.
- Chinatown: The largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. One of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. Shopping, dining, street performers, history.
- Union Square: Boutiques and luxury retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, theaters and a beautiful urban park.
- Cable cars: Check out these moving historic landmarks.
- Lombard Street: Known as the crookedest street in the world, Lombard street is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns.
- F-Line Historic Street Cars: One of the most diverse collections of vintage streetcars, trolleys, and trams in transit service anywhere.
- Golden Gate Park: green space and recreation, Hamon Tower of de Young Museum, Botanical and Japanese Tea Gardens, Presidio of San Francisco, Conservatory of Flowers.
- Maritime Visitor Center and Hyde Street Pier Historic Waterfront: Learn maritime history, see model ships, “Walk Along the Waterfront” exhibition.
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