San Francisco Things to do

From the renowned Golden Gate Bridge to the iconic Pier 39, San Francisco is a city full of amazing places to visit and tons of cool things to do. Here are 54 fun things to do and cool activities in San Francisco. Experience the city in ways you might never have imagined and be prepared to be amazed, transformed and inspired.

1 – Lose yourself in Magowan’s Mirror Maze

Located on San Francisco’s Pier 39, Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is possibly the most psychedelic place you can legally reach in the city.

Magowan's Mirror Maze - Things to do in San Francisco
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Magowan's Mirror Maze - Things to do in San Francisco
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📍 Pier 39918 D AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94133

2 – Swing on a rope watching the city

Prepare your smartphones and drag along a good friend to give you a push. Here you can swing while admiring an awe-inspiring view of the San Francisco Bay and downtown SF.

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📍 Billy Goat Hill / Kirby Cove / Tank Hill / Lands End / Hippy Tree

3 – Breathe fresh air in Golden Gate Park

Located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is kind of the twin of Central Park in New York City.

Golden Gate Park- Things to do in San Francisco

From bison and archery to windmills and a carousel, the Park is one of the city’s greatest treasures. Golden Gate Park is the ultimate haven away from urban chaos.

Golden Gate Park- Things to do in San Francisco

4 – Jump at House of Air

Inside an old airplane settlement, friends and strangers can play on giant trampolines. House of Air is 8000 square feet of conjoined trampolines that are thoughtfully divided to suit different ages, interests, and activities.

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House of Air - Things to do in San Francisco
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📍 926 Mason Stin the PresidioSan Francisco, CA 94129-1602

5 – Take pleasure at the Good Vibration Museum

Ever wonder when the first vibrator sex toy was invented? The Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum is a San Francisco iconic museum. It attracts tourists curiosity from all over the globe.

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📍 1620 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

6 – Watch Golden States Warriors team at Oracle Arena in Oakland

The Golden State Warriors are THE American basketball team based in Oakland, California. The Warriors play their home games at the huge Oracle Arena in Oakland.

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📍 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621, USA

7 – Relax, at Vaillancourt Fountain

Located in Justin Herman Plaza, the unfairly maligned Vaillancourt Fountain, it resembles nothing so much as the droppings of a giant dog with square intestines.

 Vaillancourt Fountain - Things to do in San Francisco

8 – Walk down San Francisco decorated streets

Did you know San Francisco ranks in the top three cities in the country for murals, just behind Los Angeles and Chicago?

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Go away from the usual tourist routes to discover San Francisco’s famous street art and visit the neighborhood with the most important concentration of street art in San Francisco. From Baker Beach to Pier 39, San Francisco is home to thousands of street art masterpieces.

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9 – May the Force be with you at Yoda’s Fountain

It might be considered weird for a city to glorify a wizened, donkey-eared space-dwarf, but San Francisco has inaugurated a 26-inch replica of Yoda on a fountain in the Presidio.

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10 – Walk offshore at Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge - Things to do in San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge’s vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky shore of the San Francisco Bay have made it one of the West Coast symbol. Today, the bridge is recognized as one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

11 – Have a look at the bridge from Baker Beach

Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco. It is primarily known for its unbeatable view on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin County Headlands.

Baker Beach - Things to do in San Francisco

12 – Escape from Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz Island located in San Francisco Bay, 2.01 km offshore from San Francisco. Visiting Alcatraz Prison is one of the most valuable experiences of any trip to San Francisco.

Alcatraz Prison - Things to do in San FranciscoAlcatraz is probably the most famous prison in the world. It is located in a island and, due to its isolation from the outside by the cold, strong, hazardous currents of the waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was used as prison from the time of Civil War (1861). You can visit the island reaching it by ferry, in a little under 15 minutes. The ferry leaves from Pier 33, located between the San Francisco Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Alcatraz Island - Things to do in San Francisco

13 – Play music on shore with Wave Organ

The Wave Organ is an acoustic sculpture located in San Francisco Bay. It is a huge musical instrument played by the ocean.

The Wave Organ - Things to do in San Francisco

14 – Taste cookie dough at Doughp

Doughp prepare edible cookie dough, flavored waffle cones, and hundreds of different toppings. Sugar addicts will already know Doughp (pronounced “dope”), a purveyor of cookie dough that’s been serving up eggless scoops of batter in fun flavors at Pier 39.

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📍 Pier 39, Space D-132nd Level Next to Crab HouseSan Francisco, CA 94133

15 – See most beautiful Homerun at AT&T Park, with San Francisco’s giants

AT&T Park, with its astonishing views and classic design, is home to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a lefty smash ball up over the 24-foot brick wall and watch it splash into McCovey Cove.

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📍  24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

16 – SCREAAAAAAM ! ! ! at Six Flag

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Situated in the Bay Area and less than 60 km from either San Francisco or Oakland. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom provides one of the best family experiences, starring some of your favorite superheroes. Getting out of the park can be a pain. Definitely a fun thing to do while traveling to San Francisco.

17 – Join Lucy in the Sky with Diamond at Illegal Image museum

From Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests in the 1960s to rumors about Adderall to improve productivity in startups. San Francisco has a rich drug history. Illegal Image museum aggregate more than 30,000 LSD Hits, collected by Mark McCloud

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18 – Let your body express itself at The Great Northern

You’ll feel like you’re stepping into magical fantasy land. The sound is amazing, the visuals are mesmerizing, and the bartenders are awesome. Weaving an art deco inspired design, The Great Northern is one of best nightlife spots in San Francisco.

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📍 119 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

19 – Put your scariest make up at Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos in San Francisco is a community event that has been happening for over 30 years. This traditional Meso-American holiday is dedicated to both dead people and cycle of life.

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20 – Watch your step at San Francisco’s stairways

San Francisco stairways are also part of city’s beauty, created by Adah Bakalinsky. These masterpieces will surprise at night as well as during the day. Now Adah is the queen of San Francisco’s majestic and quirky stairways.

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21 – Lift on a helicopter and praise San Francisco view

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San Francisco tours by helicopters are one of the most famous and well-respected activities in the Bay area. It is the most thrilling ways to see the San Francisco Bay. Soar high above the San Francisco cityscape and surrounding vistas.

22 – Practice Yoga at Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral on Nob Hill. Practice Yoga on the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral is a unique experience you can try every Tuesday.

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📍 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

23 – Taste sugar sandwich at Cream

It may not ever be ideal ice cream weather, but it doesn’t stop San Franciscans from snaking the sweetest stuff at Cream. No more significant childhood memory exists than this delicious ice cream between two out-of-the-oven cookies.

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📍 3106 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

24 – Chill with the seals at Pier 39

Pier 39 - Things to do in San Francisco

Pier 39 is a must do on your list of San Francisco, with sea lions, waterfront dining, street performers, live music and more. Pier 39 San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations for travelers visiting the city. It is full of attractions and you might spend and entire day just there. You can book the pass for all the attractions at Pier 39.

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25 – Paddle under San Francisco Bridge

Go under the Golden gate bridge on a paddle board and observe birds, ducks, geese, and turtles. This unique expedition is full of sun and shade spots.
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26 – Be impressed by the giant redwoods at Muir Woods

 Muir Woods National Monument - Things to do in San Francisco

Dedicated to the National Park’s father, John Muir, the Muir Woods National Monument is redwood forest along the Pacific coast that offers views unlike any other. Muir Woods is the perfect location for a day trip outside San Francisco.

27 – Enjoy the sunset at El Techo

Located in the core of the Mission on the top of Argentinian restaurant Lolinda, El Techo is offering breathtaking city views, pan-Latin American casual cuisine, and classic homemade cocktails.

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📍 2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

28 – Take a shower at Alamere Waterfalls

Alamere Falls is a splendid waterfall that flows directly into the ocean in Point Reyes National Seashore, Northwest of San Francisco in Marin County. It tumbles over fragile shale cliffs at Alamere Creek Beach.

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29 – Be amazed by the Audium Theater

Audium Theater with sound-sculptured space is the only theater of its kind, constructed specifically for sound movement.

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📍 1616 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

30 – Slide at Bernal Neighborhood

Hidden by trees near Esmeralda Avenue in Bernal Heights, there is a semi-secret joy ride where hotheads can propel themselves. It is a 35-foot slide that both adults and children can ride.

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31 – Smell fresh fruit in Farmer Market at Ferry Building

The 65,000 square foot Farmer Market is organized along a central nave and provides a unique marketplace for bringing together under the same roof, Bay Area products and specialty food supplier. The San Francisco Ferry Building is a former terminal for ferries that go across the San Francisco Bay

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📍 1 Ferry BuildingThe Embarcadero at Market StreetSan Francisco, CA 94111-4209

32 – Steal the show at The Church of 8 Wheels

8 Wheels is a disco roller rink established in a former church. Visit the church for a ‘rolligious experience,’ in which you can spin and skate all night long in festive suits accompanied by vibrant neon lights.

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📍 554 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA

33 – Look at the world surrounding you at Exploratorium

Located in San Francisco, Exploratorium is an experimental, hands-on museum designed to provoke curiosity regardless your age or science knowledge.

Exploratorium- Things to do in San Francisco

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📍 Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA

34 – Musee Mecanique

Located at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco Pier, The Musee Mecanique is an unusual museum and one of the world’s most extensive privately owned collection of vintage mechanical musical instruments and collector’s item arcade machines in their original working.

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📍 45 Sausalito – San Francisco Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

35 – Watch the city skyline at B Restaurant

Architecturally, a 25-foot terrace embedded concrete bar spans the venue with deconstructed wine barrel stools below. Enjoy a relaxing evening there with your friends or family.

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📍 720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

36 – Head to Lands End Labyrinth

Now children play in the 11 concentric circles’ stone labyrinth, and everyone enjoys the fantastic views. From this point, you have an unbeatable view of Mile Rock Beach.

 Mile Rock Beach - Things to do in San Francisco

37 – Listen to live music at Tonga Room

A visit to San Francisco is not fully accomplished if you don’t go to Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. This world-famous venue serves exceptional Polynesian-fusion, family-style cuisine in a unique tropical setting. Be sure to try the city’s best the Mai Tai in the restaurant.

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📍 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

38 – Ramble in Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is a beautiful and relaxing spot on the east side of Golden Gate Park. It’s the oldest Japanese Tea Garden in the United States.

The Japanese Tea Garden - Things to do in San Francisco

39 – Hot air ballooning in Napa Bay

Elevate in a hot air balloon ride above Napa Valley’s wine country. Go for an exhilarating sunrise balloon flight over the beautiful Napa Valley. Enjoy a scenic and memorable flight with one of our experienced pilots and join us in celebration at our post-flight champagne breakfast. Napa Valley is also an amazing place for wine lovers, easily reachable on a day trip from San Francisco.

Hot air ballooning in Napa Bay - Things to do in San Francisco

40 – Practice at Urban Putt

Located in the center of San Francisco’s Mission district, Urban Putt is the City’s first and only indoor mini-golf. Throw in excellent food, drink and an unswerving commitment to fun. The best formula for something unique and wonderful.

 Urban Putt- Things to do in San Francisco
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📍 1096 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

41 – Sail to Golden Gate Bridge

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Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a sailing boat. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, taste champagne and praise the incredible panoramic views of the San Francisco city front.

42 – Feel shameless at St. Stupid’s Day Parade

The St. Stupid’s Day Parade is a San Francisco landmark. This event is a unique occasion to let yourself behave utterly silly for a while, you are eager to wear as ridiculous clothes as possible, shout stupid slogans and you may not worry about people judging you or looking at you like a hooligan.

The St. Stupid's Day parade -Things to do in San Francisco
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43 – Dance at Mezzanine nightclub

Mezzanine is a San Francisco venue known for its live performances and private parties as well as a techno and house nightclub. Spreading out over 12,000 feet with a massive capacity dance floor, Mezzanine host a wide variety of live music and DJ performances.

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📍 444 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

44 – Applause a touch Down at Levi’s Stadium with 49er

Initially, the 49er or Forty-Niner is the nickname for people who took part in the 1849 California Gold Rush. Now it is San Francisco Football team. Watch them play at Levi’s stadium!

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📍 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA

45 – Have your eyes bigger than your stomach at AsiaSF

At AsiaSF admire the amazing performances of the “Ladies” while enjoying fine Californian Asian cuisine. We promise you an unforgettable dinner.

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📍 201 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

46 – Trek in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park - Things to do in San Francisco

Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County is home to majestic venues and premier lodging. Known for its plunging waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, giant sequoia trees, etc. you can easily spend weeks to explore Yosemite National Park. The shoulder season in the Park means merely fewer people and a chance to see Yosemite’s beauty from different angles.

47 – Spend a day at Ghirardelli Square

Formerly a Chocolate Factory, Ghirardelli Square is now home to a stylish collection of shops and restaurants one of the most pleasant places to stroll and shop in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco.

Ghirardelli Square - Things to do in San Francisco

48 – Sample real California Sushi in Chinatown

 Chinatown - Things to do in San Francisco

The most massive Chinatown in America. Chinatown is one of the most famous attractions in San Francisco, and for a good reason. It is easy to spend a day here, exploring the streets and alleys filled with Asian culture, browsing the shops and enjoying the authentic Chinese food. Being one of the most eccentric and fascinating quarter of San Francisco, there are may offers for walking tours and food tours.

49 – Ride on cable cars in downtown San Francisco

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Unbeatable views. Unforgettable trips. No experience is more uniquely San Francisco than a ride on a cable car. It is still real working transportation up the steep hills of the city.

50 – Go swimming at Grey Whale Cove Beach

The beach (also known as Devil’s Slide) features a protected cove surrounded by cliffs that drop directly into the Pacific Ocean. A pleasant walk from Montara Beach to Gray Whale Cove Beach brings excellent views of the Pacific.

Grey Whale Cove Beach- Things to do in San Francisco

51 – Google your trip to Silicon Valley

Located in the south end of San Francisco Bay, the Silicon Valley is home to the heart and soul of computer technology. Geeks from around the world make a daily excursion to the Silicon Valley. Discover your inner geek when you travel there.

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52 – Spin at DNA Lounge

Located on San Francisco’s Soma district’s edge and open since 1985, DNA Lounge is a well-decorated two-level venue. One of the city’s most popular nightclubs for over thirty years, hosting an always-eclectic variety of events, including live music, 18+ dance parties, burlesque shows and private parties.

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📍 375 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

53 – Relax at Montara state beach

Montara State Beach is a wide beach along the San Mateo County Coast. Behind the beach are huge sculpted sandstone cliffs making this a very photogenic spot.

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54 – Take a break at Union Square

Union Square is a 2.6-acre (1.1 ha) public place bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in downtown San Francisco. It is the vibrating commercial hub of the city.

Union Square - Things to do in San Francisco

I hope you enjoyed our San Francisco Bucket List! What is your favorite spot? Tell us in comments and enjoy California! 😀

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