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Exploratorium

Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444
www.exploratorium.com

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we've built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiousity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. Dive in and discover what we're all about.

Pier 39 & Players Sports Grill 

Pier 39
Beach Street & Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 981-6300
www.pier39.com
www.playerssf.com

PIER 39, San Francisco's premier getaway, invites you to enjoy unparalleled Bay views of the City's most popular landmarks.  Explore two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions where you'll be treated to an unforgettable San Francisco experience!

Players Sports Grill & Arcade is San Francisco's only arcade and sports grill and is located at the end of Pier 39. Players boasts 12,000 square feet of dining, games, drinks and bay views. 

Alcatraz Cruises

Pier 33, Hornblower Alcatraz Landing
San Francisco, California 94111
415-981-ROCK (7625)
www.alcatrazcruises.com

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.

Come experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You'll be astounded by what you learn and see.

Grey Line Tours

(888) 428-6937
www.sanfranciscosightseeing.com
Horizon Coach Lines

Gray Line of San Francisco has been offering the premier sightseeing and motorcoach tours of San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond since 1910. We offer fun, interesting and educational San Francisco sightseeing tours, motorcoach charters, convention sevices, multilingual services and much more.

Other great attractions in San Francisco:

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000
www.calacademy.org

de Young

Fine Arts Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600
www.deyoung.famsf.org

SFMOMA

Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-4000
www.sfmoma.org
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Legion Of Honor

Fine Arts Museum
Lincoln Park
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-3600
www.legionofhonor.famsf.org

The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street
The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 345-6800
www.waltdisney.org

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-3900
www.baykidsmuseum.org a
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San Francisco Zoo

1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 753-7080
www.sfzoo.org
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Conservatory of Flowers

100 John F. Kennedy Drive Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 831-2090
www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Cable Car Museum 

1201 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 474-1887
www.cablecaremuseum.org

To learn more about exciting activities in San Francisco and get holiday itineraries visit www.sanfrancisco.travel.

Experience San Francisco and see
what "The City by the Bay" has to offer...
Welcome to San Francisco
Now's the time....

Day or night. Noon or midnight. Sunrise or sunset. Morning coffee or happy hour. There's always something to do in San Francisco no matter when.

Draped across 40-some hills the City by the Bay is one of the few places in the world that doesn't let time stand still. And all that famous scenery is matched by equally famous shopping, dining, arts and culture.

San Francisco also offers these not-to-be missed sights and events in 2014. Be dazzled by The Bay Lights and the new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Welcome the new cruise terminal at Pier 27 and the Levi's Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50 in 2016. View the art of Henri Matisse, David Hockey and Georgia O'Keeffe and celebrate the first anniversaries of SFJAZZ Center and the Exploratorium in their new homes.

Now's the time to make every hour count in San Francisco.

San Francisco Surprises:

  • When visiting Chinatown remember to look up. Temples are historically built on the upper levels of buildings – to be closer to the gods. The Tin How Temple, 125 Waverly Place, is the oldest Chinese temple in the U.S.
  • The United Nations was founded in San Francisco on June 26, 1945; the historic treaty was signed on the stage of Herbst Theatre near what’s now UN Plaza.
  • San Francisco Bay is the largest natural harbor and estuary on the West Coast.
  • Golden Gate Park was once filled with elk, bears and goats. Now it's home to where the buffalo roam.
  • If the U.S. Navy had prevailed the Golden Gate Bridge would have been painted black with yellow stripes to ensure greater visibility for passing ships. Fortunately, the color scheme as well as one that called for carbon black and steel grey was rejected, with orange vermilion, better known as International Orange, winning out to cover the towers and approximately 600,000 rivets across the Bridge.
  • There’s a famous piece of apparel that got its start in San Francisco. The “birth of the blues” refers to Levi’s jeans. In 1873 Levi Strauss & Co. created and patented the world’s first blue jeans.  Some vintage treasures are on view at company headquarters, 1155 Battery St.
  • San Francisco has 40-plus hills; the most famous are Twin Peaks, Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill.
  • Thanks to its famous curves, Lombard Street has been named the “the crookedest street in the world.”
  • San Francisco is home to 3,500 restaurants, Three chefs who competed in the The Next Iron Chef, The oldest Slow Food chapter in the US and The Michelin guide's first West Coast city.
  • San Francisco claims a number of food firsts including the martini (although some contend it started in Martinez a few miles to the east of San Francisco); the fortune cookie; America’s oldest Italian restaurant, Fior d’Italia; Oysters Kirkpatrick; cioppino; Chicken Tetrazzini;  Crab Louis and no visit is complete without sampling an It’s It ice cream sandwich.
  • Hum along now … the city by the bay has an official song – the rousing “San Francisco” and an official ballad, Tony Bennett’s romantic “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Weather

San Francisco enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year with average temperatures ranging between 50 and 68 degrees. Summer months bring sunshine, light breezes, and the famous San Francisco fog. Yearly rainfall in San Francisco rarely exceeds 18 inches with approximately 3 inches falling in December.