Top 10 Things To Do in San Francisco
1. Ghiradelli Square - Even if you don't like chocolate, this little square has evolved over the past several years. You can wine taste, get a free sample of chocolate, try delicious homemade Kara's Cupcakes, and even have a tea party at Crown and Crumpet. There are also little shops downstairs that have bargains and niche gifts for that "hard to buy for" someone on your list.
2. Chinatown - The next best thing to New York and Philadelphia's version of Chinatown, San Francisco's Chinatown makes you feel like you have stepped into the Orient, especially at night when the streets are lit up. But don't forget to look up while you are walking through Chinatown. Some of the coolest architecture is in Chinatown. Also, be sure to stop at the Fortune Cookie factory where you can see how they make all of the fortune cookies for the Bay Area!
3. Ferry Building - Rebuilt after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, this hot spot is beautiful. Resting up against the Port of San Francisco, the Ferry Building is filled with good local eateries and shops. No matter what type of food you are in the mood for, the Ferry Building seems to offer it in one form or another. Plus there is always tons of sampling to do.
4. Cable Car Museum - Did you know that the cable cars in San Francisco are all run on manual underground cables? It's also the only manually run cable car system in the country. Learn about the inventor and builders, near loss and the ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the cable cars of San Francisco.
5. Beach Blanket Babylon - If you like musicals, you will love this crazy inventive show based on pop culture with elaborate costumes. All about Snow White searching for true love, this comedic show will have you laughing out loud and singing a long at the same time. The show is extremely refreshing with hilarious parodies because it is always evolving with current events.
6. Point Break Live - Have you seen the movie Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze? Well, now you can see a live stage play version of it. And this isn't your normal stage play. They pick someone from the audience to be the lead character Johnny Utah (in the movie played by Keanu Reeves). To be selected you need to audition on the spot. The show is hilariously funny and slightly extreme. Your ticket comes with a rain slicker and some "bank" money. Both of which you'll need. It is not fo
7. Musee Mecanique (The Mechanical Musuem) - Also known as San Francisco's penny arcade (although there are few things in there that cost a penny), it is neat to look at as an adult and fun for the kids. Filled with games from the 1800's through the 1980's, there is surely something there to please everyone. (This was formerly Playland which was originally located at Ocean Beach near the Cliff House).
8. Ocean Beach - This is perhaps one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in San Francisco. With views of the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the famous Sutro Bath ruins, it's a must see, especially on a clear and sunny day. For breakfast or lunch you can check out the newly renovated Cliff House or a few blocks down across from the beach is the Beach Chalet.
9. Winery Collective Tasting Room - If you don't want to go all the way to Napa or Sonoma to do some wine tasting, then try this place for some great wine tasting. Located next to The Cannery building in Fisherman's Wharf at 485 Jefferson St at Hyde, it will definitely satiate your wine palate.
10. Golden Gate Park - Have you ever seen live bison? Well San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has a herd of them and they are giant! A beautiful lush scenic park that rests in the heart of a bustling city, you can find museums, gardens, and a lake, along with the herd of bison. A calm relaxing place to visit or take a stroll.