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Top 10 Things to do in San Francisco

Updated on February 27, 2012

SFO Attractions

Extraordinary city San Francisco is one of the cosmopolitan gems of the world and has plenty of great fun things to do in San Francisco. The city offers travelers sophistication, history, and culture. The city of San Francisco offers a nearly endless list of attractions. San Francisco offers terrific adventures for kids and fun for the whole family. You can visit museums like the exploratorium and the aquarium at the Bay on fisherman’s wharf. Here is my list of the top 10 things to do in San Francisco that includes the art museums, alcatraz and the golden gate bridge.

Top 10 Things to do in San Francisco:

Alcatraz island, San Francisco
Alcatraz island, San Francisco

Things to do in SFO

1. Alcatraz island: Alcatraz isalnd is one of the popular tourist attraction in San Francisco thus making it into the top 10 things to do in San Francisco. Alcatraz is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco bay in California, United States. It served as a lighthouse, military fortification, military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963. It became a national recreation area in 1972. The only way to get to alcatraz island is by ferry boat from fisherman’s wharf.

Besides the places of historical importance, the island also has lots for nature lovers. There are gardens, pools, bays and a range of wildlife. You can find some really unique species of birds at the island like the Western gull, and black oystercatcher.

2. San Francisco duck tour: Ride the ducks is a great way for your family to spend time together to see the sights. The duck tour is a 80 minute ambitious tour of the city. This tour combines fun and music with history and sights.

3. Exploratorium: Exploratorium is a science museum in San Francisco. The exploratorium has of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. Exploratorium is fun for children and preschoolers and is one of the top 10 things to do in San Francisco.

4. Segway tour: Segway tour is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the city. The world's first and only self-balancing electric transport mechanism. Segway tour is fun for individuals, and families. Segway tours takes about two hours.

Golden gate bridge, San francisco
Golden gate bridge, San francisco

5. Golden gate bride: Another top 10 things to do in San Francisco is the golden gate bridge. The golden gate bridge connects San Francisco with marin county. The best way to go to the golden gate bridge from downtown is by walking through the presidio park along the Bay. There is also a bus which takes you right near the bridge.

6. Urban safari: The urban safari is a 4 hour ride that allows you to see the city through the most native way possible.

7. Aquarium of the bay: Aquarium gives visitors to see over 20,000 marine animals. You can walk through crystal clear tunnels surrounded by sharks, shellfish, octopus and thousands of marine animals. Aquarium is fun for all ages.

8. Themeparks: San Francisco offers three theme parks. Six flags discovery kingdom, bonfante gardens and paramount's great america.

9. Union street: Union street is a shopping and dining destination. You can find clothing boutiques, coffee houses, art galleries, restaurants, and bars.

10. Beaches:
San Francisco has its fair share of beaches. Beaches has plenty of picnic tables, grills and restrooms.

Segway tour, San Francisco


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      Michael T. 7 years ago from Texas

      I am making a trip to SF in June. How much time is the trip to Alcatraz?