San Francisco is a great vacation city with lots to do for everyone. Whether you’re there for a couple of weeks or just a short break then here’s a list of activities and attractions that you may enjoy.
Bay Area Attractions
- Jack London Square – At the edge of Oakland’s waterfront is a world of fun and entertainment. Tremendous shopping and dining. Oakland. (510) 814-6000
- Lawrence Hall of Science – This children’s user-friendly museum features interactive experimentation in geology, animal behavior and plant life. UC Berkeley (510) 642-5134
- National Steinbeck Center – New interactive museum dedicated to the life and works of John Stein beck. Art & cultural exhibits, museum store & cafe. One Main St., Salinas. (831) 796-3833
- Paramount’s Great America – 100 Acre theme park. All new-Xtreme Skyflyer, a human flight experience. (Seasonal) Santa Clara (408) 988-1776
- Winchester Mystery House – Find out why Sarah Winchester built a 160-room house with doors, stairs and passageways leading nowhere. San Jose (408) 247-2101
- Venetian Carousel – Enjoy a ride on this antique double-deck Italian-crafted carousel. Beach/Embarcadero (M, 2) 981-PIER
Most of these attractions can be contacted online and over the internet, however as their addresses are always changing we haven’t included them here. You can use your favorite search engine in order to find the appropriate site. If you are traveling from abroad, then it can be useful to use a VPN or proxy to contact them as often special deals are registered for American IP addresses only. This link demonstrates one program which is being show to access BBC TV abroad, however it can be used to access US only resources too.
Attractions For The Whole Family
- Academy of Sciences, California – Consists of the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Natural History Museum. Golden Gate Park/8th Ave. (C, 10) (415) 750-7145
- Hershey Factory & Visitor Center – Free tours showing the process of making Hershey chocolate from cocoa beans to candy bars. 120 South Sierra Ave., Oakdale. (209) 848-8126
- Jelly Belly – Visit the Jelly Belly Visitor Center and take the free factory tour. Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm. Visit the cafe, java bar and gift store. (800) 953-5592
- Lawrence Hall of Science – This user-friendly museum features interactive experimentation in geology, animal behavior and plant life. UC Berkeley. (510) 642-5134.
- Morrison Planetarium – Star and sky shows in an indoor universe. Also, Laserium, a laser light and music show. Located at the Academy, Golden Gate Park/8th Ave. (C, 10) (415) 750-7141
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – This nonprofit aquarium is home to more than 6,500 specimens of Marine life indigenous to the Monterey Bay. Monterey. (408) 648-4888.
- Old Faithful Geyser of California – One of only three Old Faithful Geysers in the world. Erupts every 40 minutes to a height of 60 feet. 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga (707) 942-6463
- PIER 39 – Home to over 100 specialty shops, 10 restaurants and family attractions including Turbo Ride, the Venetian Carousel and the sea lions. Beach/Embarcadero (M, 2) (415) 981-PIER
- San Francisco Zoo – Home to over 1,000 exotic, wild and domestic animals. Visit the primate center, penguin island and children’s petting zoo. Sloat/Great Hwy. (A, 13) (415) 753-7061
- SkyDeck – San Francisco’s only observation deck. Spectacular views & multimedia kiosks featuring the City’s history & culture. One Embarcadero, Battery/Sacramento (800) 733-6318
- Steinhart Aquarium – Over 1,000 species of salt and fresh water fishes, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals and even penguins. At the Academy, GG Park/8th Ave. (C, 10) (415) 750-7145
- Turbo Ride – Experience Turbo Ride, the ultimate thrill adventure! Fasten your seat belt for a ”motion theatre” adventure movie! PIER 39/Beach (M, 2) (415) 392-TURBO
- Under Water World – America’s first “under the sea” aquarium experience. An all-new 707,000-gallon aquarium. Walk inside an acrylic see-through tunnel. PIER 39 (M, 2) (415) 546-2700
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