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Things to Do in San Francisco

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From the allure of the Golden Gate Bridge to the art of MOMA, there are an endless number of things to do San Francisco.  This captivating destination with cultural diversity and a dramatic coastal panorama offers an amazing collection of attractions, activities and things to do, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Yerba Buena Gardens. Explore eclectic neighborhoods like the Castro District and Chinatown, and enjoy a vibrant cityscape of museums, restaurants, theaters, shopping and festivals. There are always new things to do in San Francisco, a sightseeing utopia!

Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) - SFMOMA houses an amazing and ever-changing collection of 20th century art – painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts.Several galleries display the permanent collection of art, sculpture, furniture, and photographs as well as changing exhibits. SFMOMA is re-opening to the public after an extensive renovation on May 14, 2016.

Yerba Buena Gardens/Yerba Buena Center – Yerba Buena Gardens is an exciting arts district with unique shopping, restaurants, art galleries, theaters, museums and beautiful parks and gardens. Discover the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a magnificent entertainment and arts complex with visual art exhibitions, performances and film screenings.

Union Square - One of the most popular things to do in San Francisco, Union Square is a landmark park that offers fantastic shopping, dining, and a theater district. Surrounding the square are luxury boutiques, superstores and department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy's, and Emporium. Capturing the beauty and history of San Francisco, Union Square boasts granite plazas, a terraced stage, light sculptures, a café and four grand entrances bordered by palms trees. 

Golden Gate Bridge - One of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco and the Marin Headlands and offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area. The orange towers of the 4,200-foot Golden Gate Bridge are visible from the hotel.   

Golden Gate National Park - Golden Gate National Park is the largest and most beautiful park in San Francisco. Spreading three miles along the pacific coast, Golden Gate Park offers walking, jogging, skating and cycling trails, peaceful spaces and gorgeous ocean views.

Fisherman's Wharf – San Francisco’s historic waterfront, Fisherman’s Wharf is a lively waterfront marketplace that includes restaurants, unique shopping, street performers, live music and breathtaking Bay views. Enjoy shopping, dining, sightseeing and cruising at Pier 39, a festive marketplace with over 110 shops and restaurants.

Palace of Fine Arts & Exploratorium – The Palace of Fine Arts is a magnificent architectural landmark and a popular thing to do in San Francisco.  With its classical Roman rotunda and colonnades, The Palace features hosts art exhibitions, theater performances, and events. Explore the beauty of the idyllic park and waterways or stroll by the tranquil lake. Within the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a sensual journey with  interactive science, art, and human perception exhibits that enlighten the mind. 

Westfield Metreon— The Westfield Metreonis an innovative entertainment and shopping destination with breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline. The Metreon features the Loews Metreon 16 - San Francisco’s largest movie complex - world-class stores, great restaurants, interactive attractions and music events. Eat, drink and play at Jillian's, showcasing San Francisco's best live music. 

San Francisco Zoo – Get wild at the historic San Francisco Zoo.Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the historic San Francisco Zoo is Northern California's largest zoological park and conservation center. This urban oasis offers a naturalistic exhibits, including the African Savannah, Australian WalkAbout and Penguin Island, with over 260 animal species – from the tallest giraffe to the smallest insect.  Ride the miniature train and carousel, and discover the New Zoo dedicated to the preservation of wild places. 

Chinatown - Experience the culture and cuisine of the Orient. Historic Chinatown is a colorful neighborhood with unique shops, restaurants, open markets, bakeries and facades resembling Hong Kong. Visit the Chinese Presbyterian Church and the Pacific Renaissance Plaza, which houses shops, restaurants, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center facades. Try the Dim Sum, a traditional Chinese brunch.

San Francisco Events

San Francisco is a lively and diverse destination where art, music, history, cuisine and culture blend in harmony.  Celebrate the vibrant heritage of San Francisco at exciting events, festivals, fairs, performing arts, and concerts that illuminate the city’s colorful spirit. Experience fun festivals and events in San Francisco, including the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, and Oktoberfest By The Bay. Ask our Concierge about happenings around town or help with reserving tickets. For a calendar of San Francisco events, festivals and concerts.

Bay to Breakers (12k Race) – May
How Weird Street Faire – May
San Francisco Gay Pride Parade – June
San Francisco Waterfront Festival – July
Fillmore Street Jazz Festival – July
North Beach Jazz Festival – July
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – August
San Francisco Fringe Festival - September
San Francisco Blues Festival - September
Folsom Street Fair - September
Castro Street Fair – October
Halloween Happy Hour Pub Crawl – October 31
San Francisco Jazz Festival – October - November
Oktoberfest By The Bay – October
The San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival – November
San Francisco Green Festival - November
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square – November
Chinatown Night Market Fair – Every Saturday