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Alcazar Theatre: Surrounded by brick apartment buildings and cheap hotels, the neighborhood's most ornate building is a historical landmark and home to hit plays ("The Vagina Monologues" enjoyed a long run here). The Byzantine-style structure -- originally built for the Shriners in 1917 -- is sometimes open for self-guided tours, so call ahead for details. 650 Geary St., (415) 441-4042.

Glide Memorial Church: People flock from all over the world to visit this spiritual oasis. Under the guidance and leadership of the Rev. Cecil Williams and Glide Foundation President Janice Mirikitani, this church and social-services nonprofit has become a model for urban community-assistance programs.

It provides free meals, counseling, job training and health services, as well as being home to the most rollicking Sunday celebrations in the City. People line up around the block to hear the Glide Ensemble's gospel, rock and freedom songs and hear the words of SF's most revered minister. 330 Ellis St., (415) 771-6300. ( Web site )

Sgt. John Macaulay Park: Where there was previously a fenced-in trash heap and junkie hangout, there's now a bright, clean and cheerful park. It's mainly a family place, where groups of mothers line the shaded walls as their kids play on primary-colored slides, chutes and jungle gyms. Corner of O'Farrell and Larkin streets. ( article )

Street Theater Festival: For six years, the three-day In The Street theater festival has added a much-needed jolt of conviviality to a hardscrabble area on Ellis Street. The festival, produced by the 509 Cultural Center/Luggage Store, features gigantic puppets, trapeze and other circus arts, music, spoken word, improv theater and free workshops in performance and community activism. For more information, call the 509 Cultural Center/Luggage Store at (415) 255-5971 or go to >www.luggagestoregallery.org .

Mitchell Bros. O'Farrell Theatre: Reliable sources say this is where the most beautiful female strippers in the city work, but there's more to this flesh palace than meets the naked eye. Opened by adult-film pioneers Artie and Jim Mitchell ("Behind the Green Door") in the late '60s, it has been a haunt for randy journalists and rock stars throughout the years.

Scandal erupted in 1991 when Artie, who had become paranoid and addicted to drugs, began leaving death threats on answering machines around town. When Jim went to check on his brother, a fight ensued and Jim shot and killed Artie, and he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The theater they created together, however, still thrives with its explicit Green Door show, mysterious Kopenhagen Room and newly added Private Cabana room. 895 O'Farrell St., (415) 776-6686. ( Web site )

person thinks of San Francisco, a giant International Orange-colored bridge, a park spanning more than 1,000 acres or a city where contemporary art and culture collide often come to mind. While these mainstays never lose their luster, the reasons to visit San Francisco are even more numerous. Where most visitors go while here might surprise you.

Based on data collected from visitors, here are the top 20 attractions:

  1. PIER 39 : From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 39—the most visited destination in San Francisco—offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco waterfront, PIER 39's location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous city skyline. Aquarium of the Bay* at the entrance of The PIER, offers an astonishing view of life teeming under the surface of San Francisco Bay. Be treated to an unforgettable San Francisco experience and discover why a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.

    PIER 39 is located in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, at Beach Street and The Embarcadero. Parking is conveniently available in the PIER 39 Garage located directly across from the Entrance Plaza.
  2. AQUARIUM OF THE BAY
    Experience the magic of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Located at the water’s edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await you. See eye-to-eye with a seven gill shark, be mesmerized by moon jellies and touch a bat ray’s wing. Walk through crystal clear tunnels and watch San Francisco Bay’s most amazing animals swim overhead.

    7D EXPERIENCE
    7D Experience is the most advanced 3D film attraction in the world and the first of its kind in Northern America. Using cutting edge technology developed by TrioTech of Montreal, Canada, 7D offers the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of an interactive laser blaster, all without leaving your seat in a state-of-the-art digital theater with surround sound, 3D effects and the newest in laser technology.

    MAGOWAN’S INFINITE MIRROR MAZE
    Experience amazing fun for the whole family at Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze! Challenge yourself to find your way through the infinite hallways, endless circles and deadends of the most fascinating maze in San Francisco.

    CITYSIGHTSEEING SAN FRANCISCO
    The City Sightseeing San Francisco 48-hour Downtown and Golden Gate Bridge/Sausalito Loops Pass combines two entirely live narrated, diverse tours in one incredible ticket! First, enjoy a tour of San Francisco’s most famous attractions on an original Double Decker Bus throughout the Downtown area. Then, hop on the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito tour to ride or walk across the world famous Golden Gate Bridge and ride down into Marin County to see the charming town of Sausalito where you can go for a stroll, visit art galleries or enjoy a relaxing lunch by the waterfront.

    BLUE & GOLD FLEET
    Bay Cruise Adventure Take in the best of the bay with this one hour joy ride. Enjoy sailing along the city’s wondrous waterfront, under the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito, into Angel Island and around Alcatraz.
    OR BLUE & GOLD FLEET
    Escape from the Rock Cruise Take a special ninety-minute cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and twice around Alcatraz Island. A chilling soundtrack featuring stories of notorious criminals and harrowing escapes makes this an unforgettable experience of the famous prison.

    PIER 39 SAVINGS FUN PACK
    Get the most out of your visit with this ultimate savings package. The Fun Pack includes more than 100 coupons and discounts to many of PIER 39’s stores, restaurants and attractions.

    Hours

    Hours fluctuate for each attraction. PIER 39 is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. Operating hours and days may vary for individual attractions.

  3. Golden Gate Bridge : Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent bridge, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rocks and treacherous tides. Spanning 1.7 miles from San Francisco to the Marin headlands, the bridge's sidewalks are open during the day to pedestrians including wheelchair users and bicyclists
  4. Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides.

    Crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco to the Marin headlands for 1.7 miles is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, easily identified by its International Orange color. Opened in 1937, the bridge was built at a cost of $35 million in principal and $39 million in interest and 11 workers' lives. The single-suspension span is anchored by twin towers that reach skyward 746 feet, and was once taller than any building in San Francisco. To support the suspended roadway, two cables, each more than 7,000 feet in length and both containing 80,000 miles of wire stretch over the top of the towers and are rooted in concrete anchorages on shore. More than 10 years in planning due to formidable opposition, but only four years in actual construction, the Golden Gate Bridge brought the communities of San Francisco and Marin counties closer together.

    General Visitor Info

    Pedestrians including wheelchair users and bicyclists can go on the sidewalks of the bridge during daylight hours but roller blades, skateboards and roller skates are not permitted. There are vista points on both north and south sides of the bridge with parking lots. For information on sidewalk closures due to construction, visit goldengatebridge.org/bikesbridge/bikes.php .

    If you can't visit the bridge in person, do the virtual bridge walk and don't forget to check out the view from the top of the south tower.

  5. Golden Gate Park : One of the largest urban parks in the world, Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco. There's not a single “Keep Off the Grass” sign and its 1,017 acres are a tonic for mind and body. Two major museums, splendid gardens and facilities for more than 20 sports confirm that this is a playground in every sense of the word. Among the ever-evolving attractions located in the park are the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers and the Koret Children's Quarter. Buy tickets to California Academy of Sciences or the de Young Museum .
  6. The de Young Museum
    A top destination while visiting San Francisco, the de Young museum showcases an extraordinary permanent collection of American art from the 17th through 21st centuries, modern and contemporary art, photography, international textiles and costumes, and art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The ninth-floor Observation Level of the de Young's Hamon Tower offers breathtaking 360-degree views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Open Tuesday–Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Fridays (March–November) until 8:45 p.m. Closed most Mondays and holidays. Special exhibition tickets available for additional price. Prices, hours and programs are subject to change. deyoungmuseum.org

    California Academy of Sciences
    Explore an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum all under one living roof. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while immersive planetarium shows will transport audiences through space and time for a new perspective on our planet. Dynamic daily programs - from penguin feedings to coral reef dives - offer a wealth of opportunities to dive deeper. In addition to general admission tickets, the Academy offers a variety of opportunities to enhance any visit, including daily Behind-the-Scenes Tours, weekly NightLife events and NightLife VIP Tours (ages 21+) and Penguins and Pajamas sleepovers. The museum is also available for special events of up to 3,000 guests. Let the wonder begin! calacademy.org

    Conservatory of Flowers
    Historic San Francisco landmark in Golden Gate Park since 1879 boasting rare tropical flowers and plants from around the world. Architectural gem with five distinct galleries. Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; open holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Discount available for visitors with proof of San Francisco residency. conservatoryofflowers.org

    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Stroll through New Zealand, the Mediterranean or Central American rain forests. The garden is a beautiful, calm oasis. Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.. Tours Monday–Friday 1:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. sfbg.org

    Japanese Tea Garden
    Constructed in 1893 for the California Midwinter International Exposition, the Japanese Tea Garden is graced with torii (gates), pagodas, a moon bridge and a 1.5-ton Buddha. Fortune cookies were first created and served here in 1914 and can still be enjoyed in the teahouse.

    TOP PLACES

    Stow Lake
    A pristine man-made lake located in the heart of the park where you can rent a row boat, electric boat or pedal boat from the Stow Lake Boathouse . The surrounding views and grounds are gorgeous. And the boathouse café sells food, snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout your park adventure. It's a lovely place to spend the afternoon. stowlakeboathouse.com

    National Aids Memorial Grove
    The National AIDS Memorial Grove is dedicated to the millions of lives AIDS has affected. This memorial signifies that the global tragedy of AIDS will never be forgotten. This dedicated space is open to the public for picnics and regularly hosts performing arts events and weddings. It is a beautiful, peaceful place to gather, remember, explore and experience.

    Buffalo Paddock
    Why visit the home on the range when you can see real buffalo roam right here in Golden Gate Park See these majestic creatures in an open, safe habitat.

    Beach Chalet
    Located steps from the Pacific Ocean on the west side of the park is the Beach Chalet. Stop by for a lunch, dinner or drinks. Come out for Taco Tuesday, featuring live music from 6:30–9:30 p.m., cheap tacos, handcrafted beers and half-price margaritas. The Spanish Colonial architecture and history associated with the building (formerly a changing house for beach frolickers) is worth checking out, too.

  7. Lombard Street : Often called the “crookedest” street in the world, this scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens and beautiful views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower.

  8. Alcatraz Island : Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Now, this once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area's 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Located one-and-a-half miles from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived. Find an Alcatraz Island tour package.

  9. California Academy of Sciences :* Home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs, the California Academy of Sciences is one of San Francisco's must-see destinations. From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while immersive planetarium shows will transport audiences through space and time for a new perspective on our planet. Dynamic daily programs—from penguin feedings to coral reef dives - offer a wealth of opportunities to dive deeper. Available with San Francisco CityPASS .

  10. The de Young Museum :* Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the de Young showcases American art from the 17th through 21st centuries, modern and contemporary art, photography, international textiles and costumes, and art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The ninth-floor Observation Level of the de Young's Hamon Tower offers breathtaking 360-degree views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Available with San Francisco CityPASS .

  11. SFMOMA : Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, a transformed SFMOMA reopened on May 14, 2016. The Snohetta-designed expansion includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries, enabling SFMOMA to display more than 32,000 modern and contemporary artworks and an entire floor dedicated solely to photography.

  12. The Presidio : Formerly a military post, the Presidio is now a national park site and recreational paradise featuring spectacular vistas, beautiful trails, and historic and architectural treasures. Come for a hike, a walking tour, a picnic, to view an exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum , or take a stroll back in time. Buy tickets to the Walt Disney Family Museum.
  13. Formerly a military post, the Presidio is now a national park site and recreational paradise featuring spectacular vistas, beautiful trails, and historic and architectural treasures. Come for a hike, a walking tour, a picnic, to view an exhibit, or take a stroll back in time. Entrance and most programs are free open daily, year-round.

  14. Yerba Buena Gardens : An award-winning public facility at the heart of San Francisco's downtown cultural district, Yerba Buena Gardens features a children's garden, public art, museums, a historic carousel, ice-skating and bowling centers.

  15. The Cable Car Museum : Located in the Washington-Mason powerhouse and carbarn on Nob Hill, the Cable Car Museum overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables for San Francisco's famous trams. It also features three antique cable cars from the 1870s, photographs, mechanical displays and a fun gift shop.

  16. Crissy Field : This northern waterfront park in the Presidio offers spectacular views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as unparalleled recreational opportunities including BBQs, picnics, and beach sports. Enjoy long walks along its scenic marshes and catch glimpses of rare birds and native plants. Once housing the first air coast defense station on the West Coast, Crissy Field is also home to numerous historical buildings.

  17. Asian Art Museum : This museum is home to one of the most complete collections of Asian art in the world, with a collection spanning cultures from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines through 6,000 years. Through providing rich art experiences, the museum strives to spark connections across cultures and through time, while igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.

  18. The Exploratorium :* Newly renovated and now open on Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at the heart of the waterfront, the Exploratorium is a home-grown, hands-on museum igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Explore more than 600 hands-on exhibits, including 150 new experiences and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and bay in the spectacular glass-and-steel Bay Observatory. Available with San Francisco CityPASS .

  19. San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park : AT&T Park is the home of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Located on the city's scenic waterfront, this classic urban ballpark is a short walk from downtown San Francisco and Moscone Center and is accessible by every means of public transit. Take an AT&T Park Tour.

  20. Legion of Honor :* Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor displays a collection of more than 4,000 years of ancient and Europejewishan art and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a neoclassic building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. Multilingual tours available. Available with San Francisco CityPASS .

  21. Angel Island State Park : Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West, the Immigration Station originally opened in 1910 and closed in 1940 as the result of a fire. During that time more than one million individuals were processed through the center. Ferry service to the island, the largest in San Francisco Bay, is available from Fisherman's Wharf.

  22. Contemporary Jewish Museum : Located in downtown San Francisco, the Contemporary Jewish Museum presents dynamic exhibitions and educational programs, exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history and ideas.

  23. San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall : Founded as an orchestra for the people just five years after the 1906 earthquake, the San Francisco Symphony has offered innovative programs that provide a mix of classical and new music for more than 100 years. With performances over 200 days per year, from Mahler to pops, it's easy to find a concert you'll love that fits into your trip.

  24. San Francisco Zoo and Gardens : The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens is an historic treasure with 1,000 endangered and rescued animals representing 250 species on view in 100 acres of lovely, peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. Their mission is to connect visitors with wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action. The Zoo offers a rich history for its guests, including educational programs, keeper talks, fun rides and exciting events for children of all ages.

 

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