Sometimes having too many options can seem problematic – how do you figure out exactly what to do in a city with so many options? This list of things to do in San Francisco provides travelers with a few ideas for how to spend their day or night in the City by the Bay. Suggestions range from popular tourist choices to activities that even the locals engage in, and there are options for every age group.
Rent a paddle boat on Golden Gate Park's enchanting Sloan Lake
Paddle past waterfalls, blackberry bushes and ducks on the donut-shaped Sloan Lake.
Take pictures of San Francisco's Painted Ladies
From Alamo Square, photograph San Francisco's famous row of six perfectly-maintained Victorians, with downtown in full view.
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Drive to Golden Gate Bridge and get off on the last San Francisco exit, park and walk across for free (telescopes await on the other side).
Happy Hour at the Cliff House on Ocean Beach
Watch the sunset over Ocean Beach, the Sutro Bath ruins and a few martinis.
Ride a ferry across the Bay and tour California's infamous Federal prison and disputed Native American territory.
Catch a movie at the historic Castro Theater
Independent films, classic films and more thought-provoking celluloid at San Francisco's famous Castro Theater.
Shop for records on Haight Street
Join the throngs of locals and visitors at Haight Street's Amoeba Records, a converted bowling alley.
Do Tai Chi in North Beach
Watch and mimic old masters as they practice the calming art of Tai Chi in Washington Square every morning.
Eat a Clam Chowder bread bowl in Fisherman's Wharf
Clam chowder, shrimp cocktails and crab cakes await at one of San Francisco's most beloved tourist traps.
Ride San Francisco's Cable Cars
The California and Powell lines are the best for gravity-defying inclines and inspiring San Francisco vistas.
During the summer months, local artists and galleries adorn easels with San Francisco art.
Be a science geek at Steinhart Aquarium
A mini Monterey Aquarium, Golden Gate Park's Steinhart Aquarium is a science nerd's Nirvana.
Get a chocolate fix at Ghirardelli Square
Sit near the fountain sipping the best hot chocolate in San Francisco.
Enter Chinatown from the Dragon's Gate
Peruse the sensory wonderland that is San Francisco's Chinatown and stop by the Fortune Cookie Factory.
Some of the best tacos and salsa verde in San Francisco at this humble taqueria
Smell the roses at the Conservatory of Flowers
Newly reopened in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory features botanicals from all over the world in a Victorian greenhouse.
Survey San Francisco from Twin Peaks
Drive up to the top of Twin Peaks for one of San Francisco's best views.
With topless clubs, strip clubs and nude clubs, San Francisco's North Beach is just as raucous now as during its Barbara Coast beginnings.
Visit San Francisco's science and perception museum, the Exploratorium
Crawl and slide through the San Francisco Exploratorium's tactile dome in the dark using all your senses but sight.