Planning a trip to San Francisco – Home to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and amazing Seafood?? 😉 Here are some of the Best Things to do in San Francisco!
My family recently visited San Francisco and had such a fabulous time! Nothing beats a sunny day down by the bay! Sit back, relax, and check out these fun things to do in San Francisco, and start planning your next trip!
Best Things to do in San Francisco
Let’s start off with my top 7 picks!
1 – See the Golden Gate Bridge, including the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Point and Torpedo Wharf.
2 – Drive a crooked street – try the crooked Lombard Street hairpin turns. I hope you have power steering!!
3 – Ride a Trolley Street Car, catch a vintage version along the north waterfront.
4 – Visit the infamous Alcatraz Island. If you can’t get a reservation for Alcatraz, try a harbor cruise instead. Nothing beats getting out on the water!
5 – Eat fresh made Sourdough bread at the Boudin Bakery at Fishermans Wharf.
6 – Eat Seafood at Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39. We love love loved the Fish Sandwich at Frankie’s Pier 43! We also enjoyed a nice view of Alcatraz while enjoying our sandwich. If you won’t be heading to Ghirardelli Square for dessert, try the beignets!
7 – Visit Ghirardelli Square and eat Chocolate!! We shared the Brownie Sundae… yums!
Then… be sure to also check out these 16 fun San Francisco Travel Tips, shared by your frugal friends on The Frugal Girls Facebook page…
Laura said: “Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, go to Alcatraz.”
Lisa said: “Lombard, Alcatraz, Painted Ladies, Golden Gate, and take the Open Bus Top tour of the city.”
Skye said: “Lombard Street, Pier 39, Alcatraz tour”
Jessica said: “Book tickets for Alcatraz at least 2-4 weeks prior. They sell out! (alcatraztickets.com)”
Adriana said: “Definitely take the Open Bus Top tour of the city! Then you’ll know what spots you really want to go back and see…. and you will at least see all spots briefly!”
Tosha said: “Ghirardelli Square is a MUST. They have the most amazing chocolate!”
Sharien said: “Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory and of course get some wonderful clam chowder in a bread bowl by the wharf.
Just thinking about it makes me want to go back it’s so beautiful there.”
Tammy said: “Get the Go Card – there are several wine tasting and winery tours which are fabulous! Alcatraz is a must! Pier 39 is awesome – lots to do for adults and kids. There is a great water aquarium there that you can walk through, and sharks swim over and under you. Stop and have lunch at one of the Pier 39 restaurants that over looks the seals sunning themselves. Have fun!”
Sarah said: “Getting Shrimp Louis on the Fisherman’s Wharf is delicious.”
Carrie said: “The Stinkin Rose Restaurant, Coit Tower, a Boat Tour, and a Trolley Tour.”
Andrea said: “San Francisco Zoo, Steinhart Museum and Aquarium. Both are in Golden Gate Park. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Sausalito.”
Janet said: “The Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park is also pretty cool. Lombard Street, Cable Car, the Wharf, the Presidio, Steiner Street. But a MUST is the Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”
Holly said: “Visit the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Fun!”
Jessica said: “Chinatown.”
Terrie said: “Pinecrest Diner. Sanraku has some great lunch specials, it has Japanese food, Sushi, and my favorite Sanraku Chicken. I think it is $10 for soup salad, entree and drink.”
Lori said: “Go up the trails around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, there are some little waterfalls and beautiful views. Coit Tower, Lombard, Hollywood Cafe for breakfast, Marin Headlands, and Muir Woods.”
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So… have YOU ever been to San Francisco before?
What are some of your favorite places to see, food to eat, and things to do, etc? Leave a comment & share!