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To Do or Not To Do

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This Guide was written to encourage folks to avoid highly advertised "tourist traps" and to encourage exploration.

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16 Places

Fort Point National Historic Site

Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities, Lighthouses

Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges

Golden Gate Park

Parks

San Francisco City Hall

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Theatres

de Young Museum

Speciality Museums

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Art Museums

Legion of Honor

Art Museums

Crissy Field

Parks

Painted Ladies

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Lands End

Hiking Trails

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Gardens

Grace Cathedral

Sacred & Religious Sites

Alamo Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sutro Baths

Historic Sites

USS San Francisco Memorial

Points of Interest & Landmarks

jonz1939's City Tips

  • The #5 Fulton MUNI bus goes to Golden Gate Park and thereafter all the way to the Ocean and "Land's End." However, it would be good to have a car in order to get off the beaten path.
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    Fort Point National Historic Site
    Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities, Lighthouses
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Unique view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Unique Civil War Fort.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Not open on many week-days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wasn't open to tour, but amazing views of the bridge. 12/07/2018
    • Hoppers Hands 11/07/2018
    • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Address:
    Long Ave & Marine Dr
    Building 999
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    Phone:
    +1 415-556-1693
    Hours:
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Bridge
    Bridges
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Special views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Better than the typical view from the other side.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see 21/07/2018
    • A must see 21/07/2018
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    Address:
    Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    Phone:
    +1 415-921-5858
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Park
    Parks
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    jonz1939 Says:

    There are many great attractions within the park. You may well have to pick one over the others in the interest of time.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Runners Paradise 20/07/2018
    • Beautiful 19/07/2018
    • Golden Gate Park
    Address:
    501 Stanyan St
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1898
    Phone:
    (415) 831-2700
    Other:
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    San Francisco City Hall
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Lovely interior. Easy entry. No admission charge. Near some other great stuff. On #5 MUNI line.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Have camera.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Architecture ! 18/07/2018
    • Beautiful building! 16/07/2018
    • San Francisco City Hall
    Address:
    1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
    San Francisco, CA 94102-9991
    Phone:
    +1 415-701-2311
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Theatres
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Just a bit out of the way, but worth seeing, especially at night.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful to look at. 16/07/2018
    • Beautiful Building 15/07/2018
    • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Address:
    3301 Lyon Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
    Phone:
    +1 415-563-6504
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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    de Young Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    jonz1939 Says:

    OUTSTANDING place for those who love art. I enjoy it as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Museum Experience 17/07/2018
    • San Francisco 17/07/2018
    • de Young Museum
    Address:
    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
    Golden Gate Park
    San Francisco, CA 94118-4502
    Phone:
    +1 415-750-3600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
    Other:
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    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    Art Museums
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Right downtown. Not far from City Hall. I like Modern Art a little to my surprise.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great if you love modern art! 20/07/2018
    • Depends on your experience. 18/07/2018
    • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    Address:
    151 3rd St
    Enter on Howard or Third Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
    Phone:
    +1 415-357-4000
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Legion of Honor
    Art Museums
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Interesting building. Great photos from here. Sometimes great music as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Truth and Beauty Truly Well Done 18/07/2018
    • Excellent World Class Collection 17/07/2018
    • Legion of Honor
    Address:
    100 34th Ave
    Lincoln Park
    San Francisco, CA 94121-1677
    Phone:
    +1 415-750-3600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
    Other:
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    Crissy Field
    Parks
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    jonz1939 Says:

    A wonderful walk along the Bay as you go toward Fort Point and special views of The Bridge. This place was a WW1 airfield.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to have a wind breaker with you just in case.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great picture location with ample parking and biking 15/07/2018
    • Nice location for photos and I appreciate the History. 13/07/2018
    • Crissy Field
    Address:
    1199 E Beach
    San Francisco, CA 94129-1605
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:58 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Painted Ladies
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Classic view from Alamo Square Park. Lots of tour buses, but this time its OK.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #119 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    • A view but not much more 21/07/2018
    • Uh...They're houses...painted different colors. 20/07/2018
    • Painted Ladies
    Address:
    Alamo Square, Steiner and Hayes Sts.
    San Francisco, CA
    Other:
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    Lands End
    Hiking Trails
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    jonz1939 Says:

    Extremely well done walking trail, great views. When I tour folks around I always come here. Be sure to see the nearby USS San Francisco Memorial.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • The old baths are here as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 5 Days in San Francisco 20/07/2018
    • Nice place 19/07/2018
    • Lands End
    Address:
    Point Lobos Avenue and El Camino del Mar
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    Phone:
    +1 415-426-5240
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Gardens
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    jonz1939 Says:

    This is one of several beautiful attractions in the Park. A few minutes here makes for a nice break from your longer stays at the museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • It is on the humid side, as one would expect, of course.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Educational and pretty 13/07/2018
    • Beautiful walk 11/07/2018
    • San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Address:
    1199 9th Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94122-2370
    Phone:
    +1 415-661-1316
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Grace Cathedral
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    jonz1939 Says:

    I do not usually recommend churches, but this one impresses me moreso than many others.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful cathedral 15/07/2018
    • One of our tour stops. 13/07/2018
    • Grace Cathedral
    Address:
    1100 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94108-2244
    Phone:
    +1 415-749-6300
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Alamo Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    jonz1939 Says:

    This is where The Painted Ladies are, and it is surrounded by a typical San Francisco neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Must See
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hmm... 18/07/2018
    • I enjoyed the park more than I was expecting to. 16/07/2018
    • Alamo Square
    Address:
    Hayes & Steiner
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Phone:
    +1 415-831-2700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Sutro Baths
    Historic Sites
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    jonz1939 Says:

    This is where Land's End is also located. And a (cash only) hamburger place named Louie's. Walking trail and USS San Francisco are also here. Outstanding ocean view.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Remember cash only at the hamburger place.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique ruins 15/07/2018
    • Great view of the baths from Lands End 08/07/2018
    • Sutro Baths
    Address:
    Point Lobos
    San Francisco, CA
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Other:
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    USS San Francisco Memorial
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    jonz1939 Says:

    Here you will read an unusual story and have a choice to make. I would rather be eaten by sharks, in case you are wondering.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #287 of 667 things to do in San Francisco
    • better than expected 17/07/2016
    • Naval History Remembered 01/02/2016
    • USS San Francisco Memorial
    Address:
    2400 El Camino Del Mar
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    Phone:
    +1 415-334-0263
    Other:
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