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Old 01-26-2013, 03:55 PM   #31
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The Academy of Sciences is definitely a better aquarium than the one at the wharf but it is pretty expensive at about $29 per adult. It is relatively small and easy to do leisurely within two hours. Definitely cab is best. Check the times of events for your day of the week ahead of time to maximize your trip.

The Ferry Building is great for local foods for a snack or light lunch.

Your walking plan sounds perfectly doable but there really won't be anything special about the Disney store that you can't find elsewhere unless you are looking for San Francisco themed disney gear.

The street performers and "peddlers" will not bother you for tips. They stand there and do their act with their can/hat/jar in front of them. The "bushman" is funny to watch and that is the most I have ever been approached by anyone in that area and I've lived in the Bay Area for twenty years.

Depending on the ages in your group Alcatraz tours are very popular as well. The Disney Family museum is not good for kids. Lots of history, lots of walking, lots of reading.

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Thanks for mentioning the tea at the Fairmont - it sounds great. We were already planning on splurging for the tea at Butchart Gardens, and now have another place to get our scone fix.
Based on the info in this thread, I'm thinking we may just hit Ghiradelli at DCA before we leave, go to the Disney Family museum by public transport one day, and walk to the new location of the Exploratorium on the other day, and catch tea at the Fairmont.
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We were on the last Pixar cruise and since we had previously been to San Francisco on the DCL Repo cruise in April 2011 - we wanted to see more of the city. On our last visit we went to Alcatraz, Disney Family Museum and a private city tour arranged by a friend for our group.

For this trip, I booked the premium city tour with San Francisco Comprehensive Shuttle Tours. It was amazing. I truly feel that I "saw" all the sights of San Francisco. Our tour guide was Jan and she was born and raised in SF and she loved her city. Some of the highlights for me were not only seeing Lombard Street, but walking down the staircase on the side of Lombard Street. We also went to the DeYoung Museum and went to the top floor and saw the most amazing view of the city. We also got to see the painted ladies that I saw every week at the beginning of Full House (I know cheesy, but really fun to see in person)...the tour was jam packed and my Mom and I still talk about it.

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Originally Posted by pudinhd View Post
Hey, Everyone! We are 4 months out from the repo cruise from LA to Vancouver and are working on our plans. I did some research on Google Maps to plot a walking route from the port to Pier 39 & the Aquarium, then to Ghirardelli Square, then to Lombard Street, on to the Disney Store, and back to the ship. The total walking time is about 1 hour 45 minutes. Obviously, we would spend time at the Aquarium and do some shopping at the Disney Store. I have never been to San Francisco before, so I don't if this is a realistic plan. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!! Thank you!
What Google Maps doesn't tell you is the number of hills you will walkto get from the wharf to the Disney Store. Some of them are 15 to 20 degrees steep. If you are up to that, it will be a lovely hike.

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