Just 40 minutes from San Francisco is a golfer’s paradise at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Water views from every hole at the Ocean Course, a traditional Scottish design, or try the parkland-style Old Course, with cypress-lined fairways and an oceanside 18th hole.
“The highlight of San Francisco running is the myriad options around the Golden Gate Bridge: starting at the Embarcadero, over Fort Mason, along Crissy Field, toward the GG Bridge, and across it. There’s also great running in the Presidio, and down to Lands End and over to Ocean Beach. Golden Gate Park is one of the country’s great urban parks. We’ve also mapped out several terrific SF neighborhood routes, including Twin Peaks, Nob Hill, Sea Cliff, and Noe Valley. For a gorgeous destination run, take the ferry to Angel Island.” GreatRuns.com. See options
Lots of options but these are the best:
Golden Gate Whale Watching
- Humpback whales May-November
- Gray whales December-May
- Harbor seals, dolphins, porpoises, and abundant sea bird colonies
- Views of the Golden Gate Bridge and gorgeous shorelines
San Francisco Sailing Co – Sunset Cruise – Two hour sunset cruise. Coast along as you spot out Alcatraz, the Sausalito shoreline, and the Golden Gate bridge, all with a drink of choice in your hand.
ACsailingSF – Day Sail – Sail on an 84-foot yacht once used in America’s Cup. This 2 1/2-hour tour takes visitors through the bay for a close-up view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Sausalito city front, among other sights. What’s more, participation is encouraged, meaning tourgoers can help the crew hoist and trim the sails and steer the yacht.
Fishing Booker offers a variety of options for fishing from San Francisco.
San Francisco is home to the baseball Giants and Oakland Athletics, the Golden State Warriors basketball, the 49 Niners football, the San Jose Sharks in hockey and the San Jose Earthquakes in soccer. Ticketmaster.com
Aquarium of the Bay –
300 feet of clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of Bay water.
Asian Art Museum
One of the world’s most comprehensive collections of art and objects from the Asian continent. 6,000 years of human history. Paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, and armor originating from Turkey, China, India, Japan, the Philippines and other Asian cultures.
California Academy of Sciences
An aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a world-class research and educational program. Rainforest and a coral reef ecosystem are special features.
de Young Museum
27,000 works of American art from the 17th through 21st centuries, modern and contemporary art, photography, international textiles and costumes, and art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
33,000 modern and contemporary artworks, with a special emphasis on photography.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Dedicated to the life and work of Walt Disney. Narrated exhibits in Walt’s own voice that feature early drawings, cartoons, movies, music, listening stations, more than 200 video screens, and a spectacular model of Disneyland.
War Memorial Performing Arts Center
This facility is home to three staples of the performing arts scene; Davies Symphony Hall, the Opera House and Herbst Theater. Both the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet perform in this space in alternating seasons. Next door, Davies Symphony Hall is home to the world renowned San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
SHN Orpheum Theatre
The Orpheum Theater is San Francisco’s home for Broadway productions. The building’s facade resembles a 12th-century French cathedral.
The Curran Theatre
Part of the theater scene since 1922, the Curran has just completed a major restoration and renovation.
American Conservatory Theater
Since 1967 the nationally renowned American Conservatory Theater has hosted the the likes of Clark Gable and Marlene Dietrich. Their new theater, The Strand, hosts smaller cabaret and theater productions in a small, intimate, 283-seat space.
San Francisco state-of-the-art jazz performance center. The 35,000 square-foot, three-story transparent structure with 100 performances a year.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
The Yerba Buena Center’s 700+ seat theater features dance, music and dramatic programs.
This is a small, intimate playhouse with only 199-seats.
ODC is a modern dance company housed in an intimate 170-seat brick-walled space that features dozens of annual performances and workshops. public outreach.
The Magic Theatre is known for producing bold, innovative plays that have gone on to success in Los Angeles, New York and abroad.
Great American Music Hall
Spectacular, ornate, 470 seat Tenderloin venue. Known for its opulent style and extraordinary elegance, the Great American Music Hall (GAMH) is one of San Francisco’s most picturesque music venues.
Converted mortuary, The Chapel is the West Coast home for New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who occasionally perform in residence. The venue includes a converted chapel with a 40-foot-high arched ceiling and separate mezzanine, where shows take place, as well as an 85-seat restaurant and outdoor patio.
One of San Francisco’s most legendary music venues, hosting the likes of Tom Petty, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Intimate 1,315 capacity.
The Warfield Theatre
“The Warfield,” an amazingly ornate venue opened in 1922 for vaudeville performers. Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead Louis Armstrong, david Bowir and more have performed here.
Giants baseball stadium, overlooking San Francisco Bay, has hosted Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Metallica, Lady Gaga, and The Eagles.
Another legendary venue that has hosted acts like Elvis Presley, The Jackson 5, The Rolling Stones, and Nirvana. The Beatles played the opening night of their first U.S. tour here in 1964, and the indoor arena was the final stop of their second U.S. tour in 1965.
Bottom of the Hill
A 350 seat neighborhood welcoming everything from rock-a-billy to funk with a special penchant for indie rock.
San Francisco’s oldest bar, in the heart of North Beach that hosts top-notch blues musicians nightly
There are lots of tour opportunities with those below some of the most popular. We’re big fans of Dylan’s Tours, run by well trained locals. These mini-bus tours can include Muir Woods (the redwoods), the city, Alcatraz, Yosemite, wine country and more. Public and private tours.
Here’s some other options:
See the city sights in a three hour tour that has 15 points of interest…all in the comfort of a vintage Volkswagen bus. Vantigo.
Local Tastes of the City Tours – North Beach/Little Italy Walking Food Tour
Samples of the neighborhood’s best pizza, pastries, coffee, chocolates and more are all included in the cost of the tour.
San Francisco Movie Tours – San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour
This tour highlights all the top filming locations including “Full House,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Ant-Man.”
Edible Excursions – Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz Excursion
Combines two of the city’s most iconic landmarks; the Ferry Building Marketplace and includes tastings of artisan cheese, bread and chocolates and followed by a cruise to Alcatraz and a self-guided tour through its historic prison.
GoCar San Francisco
See the city in a three wheeled, GPS guided car that provides directions and historical and cultural commentary.
San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is a 100 acre preserve located in the southwestern corner of the city.