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The Wave Organ

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Address: 110 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone Number: +1 415-397-5673
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Quick, out of the way stop - but cool

The wave organ was a bit tricky for us to find. You have to walk down past the yacht club and there isn't much to see when you get there. A nice view of the bay and marina, but it... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
Alison C
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Duluth, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were so excited to go here and finally found it only to get there at the proper tide and hear NOTHING. All we heard was lapping waves through the pipes no "music" still disappointed

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The wave organ was a bit tricky for us to find. You have to walk down past the yacht club and there isn't much to see when you get there. A nice view of the bay and marina, but it doesn't take long to visit. The wave organ is a really cool idea and is interesting for music lovers and... More 

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Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Wave Organ is located by the Marina District and is an interestingly unique "out of the way" attraction! To be honest, the view is a bit more worth while than the actual wave organ experience. The structure was built by the Exploratorium science museum as a sculpture that created "musical sounds" with wind and tidal fluctuations by the bay.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting idea for an art project. It faces downtown San Francisco and offers views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge as you walk to it after parking @ Crissy Field.

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Carmichael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Love the waves and appreciate music and nature? This is worth a visit. The location by the St Francis Yacht Center is lovely and the view of Alcatraz is darn good to. Finally, it is a concrete structure designed to amplify the sound of the waves. Interesting.

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Morelia, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

It is colse to crissy field,a 10 minutes walk with great views of the bay and golden gate. Bring your camera. The wave organ is a composed of pipes on the ground. You can hear the waves below.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

The walk to the wave organ has amazing views of the bay and the nearby marina. It is a great location if you want to get an amazingly clear view of Alcatraz and the golden gate bridge without all of the crowds. The structure of the wave organ is really interesting and resembles an ancient ruin. Unfortunately, we were not... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

I went here hoping to to hear the waves play music in the tubes. I didn't hear anything from the tubes, except if I got really close you could hear small noises, but it sounded like water in pipes, not really music. However, this was a beautiful location to see the city across the water. And it's an interesting place... More 

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Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

Cons: pretty much everything else. Do not go expecting to hear the wave sounds - it's more miss than hit to even hear a "gurgle" from the pipes. Do not go expecting to see different or better sights of the bay (Alcatraz, GG bridge, etc.) than you can see pretty much anywhere else along the Embarcadero as you walk, stroll,... More 

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Chennai
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Could be a disappointment if your expectations are high. We could not hear any music through the tubes, though there were waves. but the area itself is lovely with all the facilities for a picnic. View of golden gate bridge on one side and atcatraz island on the other side is awesome. we could even see some sea lions and... More 

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Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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