Shrouded in a coat of fog, San Francisco is specially made for the adults you think but what you have missed out is that the city of San Francisco has an array of things to do and attractions especially appealing to the kids (find the best suitable San Francisco tours and book them to explore the city). Get closer to the underwater animals at the Aquarium of the Bay set at the edge of Pier 39. The local aquatic animals swimming inside the huge tanks is an exciting sight to see and you comfortably spend 2-3 hours inside Aquarium of the Bay.
Go exploring the world through science and art at the public learning laboratory of the Exploratorium. The place is not like any other and your curiosity levels will definitely shoot up once you are inside the Exploratorium. It gives complete information on various topics keeping you updated on the world that you are living in.
Cruise on to the Angel Island for a family picnic. Angel Island comprises of plenty of activities for kids and families and there are several tours where you can enroll for a complete experience of the place. The island also offers a 360-degree view of the whole of San Francisco which is absolutely stunning. Angel Island is the right answer for your question on what to do in SF today.
Visit the San Francisco Zoo along with your adventurous kid. The 100-acre big zoo is home to several endangered species and rich flora. Some of the animals that you could find inside the zoo include ostriches, zebras, giraffes, storks, and gorillas. San Francisco Zoo is family-friendly and is one of the best fun places to visit in San Francisco as a family.
Explore the Randall Museum that focuses on nature, science, and art. The place is one of the hidden gems in San Francisco and is often underrated. Visiting Randall Museum will come in as a surprise and is totally for the little ones.
Ride in the iconic San Francisco cable cars which is one of the great ways to see the city of SF and is sure a must do in San Francisco. During your cable car ride, I am sure you will be as excited and happy as your kids!
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San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Go cruising on to the Alcatraz Island to be welcomed by the rangers who take you through the interesting place that echoes with the rich history. From the boat ride to the view to the audio expedition around the National Historic Landmark is interesting and fun. If you are wondering what to do in San Francisco today then you should definitely give Alcatraz Island a try as it will definitely surprise you with its iconic setting and abundant history. The raw beauty of the place is something you will be captivated with and the Alcatraz Island can be visited with your kids. Alcatraz Island is the most awesome places to see in San Francisco.
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94129, United States
Considered as one of most photographed bridges in the world, a trip to Golden Gate Bridge is definitely one of the top things to do in San Francisco. Go on a walk or a scenic drive from the east side of the bridge for enchanting views of the pacific that will be a pleasure to your senses and take out your cameras for endless photographs. Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge during the nights is extra special as the entire city is dazzling in lights and the sight will be extremely beautiful that it will make it hard for you to leave. Also, catch the mesmerizing sunset in the evening.
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39, Pier 39 Concourse, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
10:00 am - 09:00 pm
Pier 39 pops in first in the list of free things to do in San Francisco. The neighborhood perched on top of a pier is a lovely place to spend time at, especially during the time of the summer. Head on to the completely entertaining 7D experience which comprises of several activities to keep you jump with excitement, go on a sweet pursuit relishing the taste of the mouth-watering delicacies on offer, bring out the child in you by playing at the arcade, and sit down to eat the local favorite of Clam Chowder with the refreshing breeze from the bay brushing your face from time to time.
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501 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States
Spanning at an area of 1,017 acres attracting over 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate Park is one of the most-visited parks in San Francisco. From lush gardens to museums to conservatories, there are a plenty of spots to check out in Golden Gate Park so make sure to include this in the things to do in San Francisco this weekend. Catch the flowers in the Golden Gate Park during the Spring season when they are in their full bloom and the colors are just magical & charming. There are also several concerts that take place on the expansive grounds of the Golden Gate Park which you must definitely be a part of.
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501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94114, United States
The Twin Peaks are one of San Francisco’s most iconic tourist attractions. One can either drive up to the parking area or take one of the numerous tour buses. The Peaks offer great views of the city and are filled with native plant and animal life. The hiking trail is moderate to demanding but definitely worth it. The Peaks are at an elevation of 922 ft. and are the highest points in the city. Get up here early in the morning or in the evening to witness the sunrise or sunset.
San Francisco’s most iconic tourist attraction, the Twin Peaks indeed draw a lot of visitors throughout the year. The Twin Peaks Tickets are free of cost, in fact there are no Tickets for Twin Peaks. However, if you look forward to some more enlightenment on this attraction, go for a guided tour, for which the Twin Peaks ticket prices may be subjective. Buy tickets for Twin Peaks tours with some great discounts on our tickets section.
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Marin Headlands, California 94941, USA
The Marin Headlands are located within the Golden Gate National Recreational Area and offer stunning views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge and an opportunity to see some historic military sites. The main SF attractions are Fort Barry, Fort Cronkhite, Hawk Hill, the NIKE Missile site and the 150-year-old Point Bonita lighthouse. The numerous hiking and walking trails bring you close to nature and are a fun way to explore theses coastal hills. The headlands are home to various wildlife species like the Black Tail Deer, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Rabbits, Hares and several bird species. Begin your tour at the Marin Headlands Visitor Centre located within Fort Barry and make your way around at a leisurely pace, enjoying the sights and sounds. Bring a picnic basket along and find a shaded spot near Point Bonita trailhead or head to the dog friendly Rodeo Beach and just relax. Take a drive along the five-mile road from Golden Gate Bridge to Point Bonita and enjoy the scenic views. The Marin Headlands has much to offer the nature lover in you. Marin Headlands San Francisco tourist attraction added in 3 Day San Francisco Trip Itinerary.
Embrace the nature in the most perfect manner by visiting the Marin Headlands in San Francisco. The lush greenlands is a great place to indulge in several activities like hiking and trek. While Marin Headlands tickets are free of any cost, you can also easily opt for the Marin Headlands tours. The Marin Headlands tour tickets are available at a very affordable price. The Marin Headlands tours are very well guided and is a perfect way to explore the scenic attraction.
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Lombard Street San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Set in the east-West Street of San Francisco, Lombard Street is crooked with 8 hairpin bends. Normally hairpin bends can generally be found while riding to the hill stations but Lombard Street is unique in that way as it is located within the city of San Francisco and visiting Lombard Street is part of the free things to do in San Francisco. If you think you are a skilled driver then go drive in the crooked hairpin road of the Lombard Street, where driving fast is totally impossible. Not a driver, still you can walk around the street and click some amazing pictures of the incredible landscape.
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Jefferson and Jones Streets, San Francisco, United States
If there is one place that climbs up the ladder of the things to do in San Francisco tonight, then it had definitely be Fisherman's Wharf. The waterfront neighborhood is a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco and entire region has a unique characteristic to it that makes it different from the other places in the city. When you are here, there are a dozen of interesting spots to check out including the Wax Museum, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and Musée Mécanique. Once you are done exploring, do go a gastronomic journey across the restaurants in the place. They will give you a taste of the local cuisine.
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900 North Point Street, #E100, San Francisco, CA 94109
For things to do in San Francisco tonight, you have the landmark public square of Ghirardelli Square that is lined with a dozen shops and restaurants. If you are a chocolate lover and would love to have chocolate all through the day, then Ghirardelli Square would be perfect for you. Go on a leisurely walk around the Ghirardelli Square that has amazing views of the bay and make sure to fill your bags with specialty chocolates that taste like little drops of heaven. Plus the place is really gorgeous keeping you occupied with its enchanting views. Ghirardelli Square is deliciously perfect.
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24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
Planning for the things to do in San Francisco this weekend, check out if there is a baseball match that will be happening at the AT&T Park. Home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is classically designed and has breathtaking views. Referred to as the 'Mecca of Baseball', AT&T Park has been entertaining the fans for years. If you are a baseball fan, this stadium is the best place to catch a game of baseball, the comfortable seats in AT&T Park makes it extra special and for the non-baseball fans that enchanting views of the bay will be a complete treat.
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55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
In San Francisco with your family and looking for things to do in San Francisco with kids? Look no further for you have the interesting California Academy of Sciences. The natural history museum which is expansive, houses over 26 different million species and is among the largest natural history museums in the country. It is very easy to spend a whole day inside the museum going through the wide range of exhibits which will bring you close to the beauty of nature and the future of life. While the place is simply amazing for the kids, it also evokes the sense of curiosity among the adults.
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North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
You want to come to this place, San Franciso’s own Little Italy for the really authentic cheese and pasta dishes. It’s also a thriving nightlife/red light district. Named among the top ten districts in the USA, North Beach proves tourists with an eclectic experience. Visit Tosca, a bar that never grew out of the 1930’s. Climb the Filbert Steps to see some charming cottages and talk to parrots. Have coffee at Trieste, where Francis Ford Coppolla wrote the script for the Godfather. And by any chance if you do run out of things to do, then visit the Fishermans Wharf, or Chinatow, both of which are just a few minutes away. North Beach San Francisco tourist attraction added in San Francisco itinerary 3 days
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680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Located within the Golden Gate National Recreational Area is another gem with stunning views and winding trails. Lands End is essentially a park with several points of interest within it. Visit the memorial of the USS San Francisco a WWII cruiser that sustained 45 hits and 25 fires during the Battle of Guadal canal in 1942. Head to the visitor centre also known as Lands End Lookout, which, has indoor exhibits and videos on the natural and cultural history of the Land's End area, Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights. You will also find and outdoor 3D model of Land's End area. The hiking and biking trails take you from the cliffs all the way to the shoreline.
The most popular trail is the Coastal Trail, which is handicap- accessible until the Mile Rock Overlook, and bike accessible until the Eagles Point steps. The West Fort Miley batteries offer a grassy picnic area among three turn-of-the-century gun emplacements. The park is also home to the ruins of the Sutro Baths.
Thanks to its scenic views and wild natural surrounding, the place is known as a popular tourist destination among visitors. If you are visiting San Francisco, ensure to visit Lands End before leaving. The place is open for tourists means no Lands End Tickets or Lands End Ticket Prices for Entrance. Just visit the place with all your essentials and enjoy a great time relishing the natural beauty the place embodies without spending any money on the Tickets for Lands End.
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50 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Considered as the largest museum of modern and contemporary art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a gem of a place to visit for art lovers and for those who are interested in going through excellent artworks, making it one of the things to do in San Francisco. Go on a exploration inside the great structure which is all nice and artistic. Right from the walls to the colors to the design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art everything about the place is totally eye-catchy and feels compulsive to a visitor. When you are here, do check out the gift shop and dine at the in-house restaurant and keep continuing on your journey of exploration.
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, United States
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
Muir Woods National Monument is a redwood forest located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects over 500 acres of redwood trees. Lush and green due to the proximity of the Pacific Ocean and wet weather of the region, it is home to several species of birds and animals.
The Redwood creek is rich in marine life and occasionally sea otters have been spotted swimming here. Thre are several hiking trails in the woods that are worth exploring. Moonlight walks are held on full moon nights.There is also a visitors centre which has changing exhibits and a gift shop.
Go hiking on to the Twin Peaks in San Francisco which will introduce to the city of San Francisco in the best way possible. The unparalleled views from up top the Twin Peaks is one of the top free things to do in San Francisco.
Take an escape to the waterfront neighborhood of Fisherman's Wharf that is adorned with a plenty attractions to see, including Musee Mechanique, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Ripley's believe it or not, Wax Museum, and Ghirardelli Square. The whole neighborhood is refreshing and has a dozen of restaurants from where you can have a taste of the delicious seafood.
Meander through the zig-zag path of the Lombard Street which is totally one-of-a-kind, take a guided tour of the free Cable Car Museum, and soak in the vibrant community of the Castro.
If you are wondering what are the things to do in San Francisco at night, then you should for sure go on a stroll along the gorgeously lit Golden Gate Bridge that offers a breathtaking view of the San Francisco bay. In addition to exploring bridge, do check out the Golden Gate Park.
Activities and attractions in San Francisco for locals
While San Francisco has a plenty of things for the tourists there are also a quite a lot of stuff that can be done by the local themselves, which are non- touristy. Spend time in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco glancing through the expansive collection most of them dating back to several centuries, go shopping at the farmers market, go on a gastronomic journey at the SOMA StrEat Food Park dotted with plenty of delectable food trucks, take a quick night tour to the Alcatraz Island, watch the San Francisco Giants play at AT&T Park, and take pleasure in the exotic taste of the chocolates at the Ghiradelli Square which will obviously come up in the list of things to do in San Francisco today.
If you are just in San Francisco for 3 days and want to experience the whole city of San Francisco in a short period of time then this is totally for you. Understand the life and the legacy of Walt Disney by taking a tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum, hike along the Marin Headlands which has a beautiful scenery including the splendid view of the Golden Gate Bridge, grab your tickets and catch a game of baseball at AT & T, and for things to do in San Francisco tonight, you should start with unwinding at the Butter bar, go on an intriguing visit to the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, get the essence of the Chinese by taking a trip to the Chinatown San Francisco, and end up shopping at the Union Square.
A weekend in San Francisco
Wondering how to enjoy the city this weekend? There are a whole lot of things that can be done during the weekends in San Francisco but to name a few would be to enjoy the scenic views and indulge in a shopping spree at Pier 39, go on a picnic to the Muir Woods National Monument, tour the Aquarium of the Bay, relax at the lush Golden Gate Park and the pleasant Japanese Tea Garden, have an interactive time at the California Academy of Sciences, visit the opulent Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, explore the walking trails at the Presidio of San Francisco, and marvel at the collections housed in the neoclassical building of Legion of Honor.