San Francisco is world-famous for numerous attractions, fine dining, and exquisite shopping. The city offers Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, Treasure Island, sailing, bay cruises, historic cable cars, Twin Peaks, and much more! See below what San Francisco has to offer.
Grab your family and friends and hit the town in this awesome sightseeing GPS-guided Storytelling car®. These yellow GoCars come pre-loaded with more than 500 different attractions and points of interest throughout San Francisco. Check out spots including Pier 39, Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, and more! gocartours.com
Aquarium of the Bay
Explore the bay up close as you journey through glass tunnels inches away from 20,000 of San Francisco’s amazing aquatic animals. aquariumofthebay.org
Located at Pier 39, this interactive thrill ride will have you competing against your friends. Use a laser blaster to earn points as you hit zombies and robots while riding in moving roller coaster seats. 7dexperience.com
Explore Coit Tower, an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline. Visit the observation deck, which provides a 360-degree view of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. coittowertours.com
Conservatory of Flowers
Located in Golden Gate Park, check out this beautiful museum of rare and exotic tropical plants from around the world. conservatoryofflowers.org
Overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, this historic waterfront still serves as a working fishing pier. View the famous sea lions, savor fresh seafood, and board excursion boats. fishermanswharf.org
San Francisco Dungeon
Explore the dark side of San Francisco’s history with a walk through the Dungeon. Guided by professional actors, see nine shows that are based on real San Francisco history and legends. Pass through the Lost Mines of Sutter’s Creek, where gold was first discovered and Alcatraz, the island military prison for the most heinous of criminals. Recommended age is 10 and above. sanfrancisco.thedungeons.com
Take a tour for a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and U.S. fort on the West
Coast. “The Rock” is most famous for its federal penitentiary, which housed some of America’s most notorious
San Francisco Zoo
Lions, tigers, and bears oh my! Visit the San Francisco zoo and check out all the wildlife. Stop by the Lion House, see wildlife theater shows, or walk the nature trail at the Exploration Zone. sfzoo.org
Visit the “crookedest” street in the world while viewing the scenic gardens and iconic views of the bay.
Barbary Coast Trail
Take a historical walking tour of the Barbary Coast, connecting the city’s most historical sites. Visit a graveyard of Gold Rush ships, Italianate Victorian buildings, and so much more! barbarycoasttrail.org
Located at Pier 15, explore the science, art, and human perception featuring hundreds of hands-on touchable exhibits. This Exploratorium has 1.5 acres of public space on the waterfront, expanded exhibit galleries, stores, and cafes. exploratorium.edu
California Academy of Sciences
This attraction is great for family fun. Explore the aquarium, planetarium, the natural history museum, rainforest, and 40,000 live animals all under one roof. calacademy.org
Hops and Hominy
This restaurant is the ultimate place for southern hospitality. Their southeastern cuisine features organic foods, craft brewed micro-beers, local wines, and spirits. Try southern favorites like the cast iron mac and cheese, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, black-eyed pea fritters, or the duck fat spicy chicken wings.
Johnny Foley’s Irish House
This Irish pub located on O’Farrell Street puts a modern spin on classic Irish and international dishes, while providing awesome nightlife entertainment. Enjoy pub favorites like cottage pie, Irish lamb stew, or corned beef and cabbage while you listen to classic rock ‘n roll cover bands, solo performers, or San Francisco’s premier Dueling Pianos in the Cellar bar.
Visit the iconic One Kearny building in downtown San Francisco and stop in for some signature Chinese dishes and innovative cocktails made with hand-pressed juices.
Puccini and Pinetti
Mamma Mia! Have lunch or dinner at one of San Francisco’s top 10 rated Italian Restaurants. Enjoy a signature cocktail while relishing in the delicious aroma and taste of a wood fired oven Margherita pizza, traditional spaghetti and meatballs, or the red wine braised short ribs.
First Crush Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located in Union Square, this fine dining establishment offers handcrafted quality food in a dimly lit wine cellar. Enjoy New American Californian cuisine with fresh ingredients like the Lobster Mac and Cheese. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.
Crab House on the Wharf
Let’s get crackin’! Located on San Francisco’s Pier 39 with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Wharf itself, The Crab House is known for its mouth-watering addictive crab menu. Try the “Killer Crab” roasted in a secret garlic sauce, the crab enchilada, crab cakes, and more.
Click here to view the top 100 local restaurants published by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Calling all shopaholics! San Francisco has the best boutiques and shops within the city. Union Square offers stores like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Levi’s. Stop by designer boutiques including Coach, Burberry, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and Wilkes Bashford.
Embarcadero Center is San Francisco’s premier destination for boutique shopping, outstanding restaurants, and popular local events. Be sure to explore the numerous art exhibits, independent film theater, and other onsite attractions. Enjoy stores like Gap, Ann Taylor, See’s Candies, and the SF Giants Dugout.
Filled with energy, this street is mixed with hip earthy charm. You will find one-of-a-kind shops and favorites like MAC, Marc Jacobs, Betsy Johnson, and many more.
This street is filled with an eclectic mix of gift shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and well-known retailers such as Chadwick’s of London, Sunglass Hut, and Body Options.