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Old 04-17-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Top 5 Things to do in San Francisco?

We will be visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum of course, but after that, we pretty much don't know where to start!

We're staying near the Presidio, so not near the center of town. Will this be a problem for us as far as driving and parking within the City?

Any thoughts or advice would be HUGELY appreciated!!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Check out the new Exploratorium science museum. It was a first of its kind hands on science museum. Before that, science museums had static displays and people weren't encouraged to touch anything.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Golden Gate Park.

If you have parking near where you are staying, consider buying a MUNI pass to get around the city.

I know there will be differing views on whether to use public transport in San Francisco or not; but I've never really had an issue with it during the daytime.

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Old 04-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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Fisherman's Wharf
Ghirardelli Square
CA Academy of Sciences
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Have fun! SF is a great city!
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Ride the ducks SF city tour. It goes in water & on land & is a really fun tour where you are given these whistles that quack and you go along quacking songs & quacking at people... its a blast!

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We stayed very near the Presidio in Pacific Heights on our vacation last summer, and ended up walking a lot. Our hotel did not have parking, and this did create an issue, but the hotel's staff kindly moved our car every few hours for us so we could spend the days touring. We tipped them well.

If you are a Star Wars fan, LucasFilm has offices on the Presidio grounds too. there is a Yoda fountain in a courtyard in front of the offices, and you are allowed into the reception area too where you can take photos of a life-sized Darth Vader and Boba Fett (spelling?). My daughter loved going there.

Also, the Presidio has its own shuttle service that is free. You can take a shuttle from the Disney Family Museum area over to the Golden Gate Bridge and visitor center. On weekdays there was also a shuttle that took us downtown to the Wharf. I'm sure the Presidio has comprehensive information on their website.
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Can't help it, but the thread title reminded me of something a co-worker used to say, long time ago:

"There are a million things to do in San Francisco; and half of them are eat".

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Originally Posted by gardengirl2790
.... On weekdays there was also a shuttle that took us downtown to the Wharf. I'm sure the Presidio has comprehensive information on their website.
Do you mean downtown AND to the Wharf? The Wharf is not technically downtown (which would be confusing to someone not from there, but they are not the same thing, SF is big on its neighborhoods, lol).

OP, in addition to the great tips you've already received here, check out Golden Gate park, it is amazing! Some spots not to miss include the Japanese tea garden, the Aquarium (I think that was mentioned), the Arboretum, Children's Playground if you have young kids, and the boat park at 31st avenue (they race little motorized speedboats there most weekends and some week days). Also, don't miss a walk on the beach, even if its foggy, a little fog never hurt anyone!
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THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! We so appreciate your answers!!!

Thanks for taking the time to help us out. We are going to check into EVERY suggestion given, and are excited to know where to start now!

If you can think of anything else, we WELCOME your input!!!
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Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's warf
Golden gate park (academy of sciences, tea garden, etc)
Ferry plaza farmers market
Ghirardelli square

I know most of these are tourist attractions, but there are still really fun and I still get a kick out of taking out of town guests to these. We could go to the Academy all the time.
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In addition to the wonderful things already mentioned, check out the Children's Creativity Museum. Used to be called the Zeum. Near SF MOMA if you're in town before June 3rd, when MOMA closes for refurb.

Make sure to visit the great children's playground and the old Playland merry go round by the CCM. It's also across the street from Yerba Buena Gardens, a fun place to take a break or have lunch. Great MLK Jr. waterfall memorial.

If you're in the area and have a sweet tooth, the Beard Papa cream puff store is a must.
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The Exploratorium just reopened in a bigger and updated location.

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Double check on the Lucas Arts... Disney announced earlier this month that they are closing the studio and many have already been laid off, so probably not an option any longer.
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We love the Ferry Building. We eat our way through it. Lol. The empanadas are amazing!

I also second (or third) the Academy of Sciences. There's an aquarium down near the wharf as well.

Alcatraz is a lot of fun, too. And we really enjoyed the Bay Cruise that goes under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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