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San Francisco tours and attractions - things to do, places to see, places to visit. Sightseeing tours in San Francisco Bay Area include: walking tours, bay cruises, night tours, Napa/Sonoma wine tasting tours, Muir Woods/Sausalito tours, Monterey/Carmel tours, including Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Francisco city tours, dinner and walking tours.

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If you are visiting San Francisco and are interested in sightseeing, history, geography, blend of local cultures, and ready to explore you are in the right place. We cover all areas of interest in the vicinity:

  • San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, Bay Cruises
  • Wine Country - Napa and Sonoma Valley wine tasting tours
  • Muir Woods and Sausalito - Giant Redwoods, Unique upscale bayside town
  • Monterey and Carmel - Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17 Mile Drive
  • Yosemite National Park - National Treasure

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San Francisco Tours
You will be captivated by this city's extraordinary charm. These tours offer you the opportunity to experience all the sightseeing highlights in San Francisco including The Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and much, much more.

Crissy Field, Fort Point, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio with Ocean View, Golden Gate Park, Drive through Presidio, Stowe Lake, Inspiration Point, Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, Chinatown Fisherman's Wharf, Victorian Homes, Palace of Fine Arts, North Beach, Presidio National Park, Awe-inspiring views of Alcatraz, and the Pacific Ocean Walking Tours

San Francisco walking tours

Alcatraz Tours
Your tour includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and an audio walking tour of the 'Cell Block'. This former federal penitentiary also known as 'The Rock', housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You will learn about the famous 'Escape from Alcatraz', it's famous inmates and much more. Tours are daily but Alcatraz is extremely popular so book now and you won't miss out!

Enjoy the beauty of everyone's favorite city, starting with a drive along the waterfront with its view of SAN FRANCISCO BAY and photo stops at Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks (weather permitting). Then from Pier 41, the Blue and Gold ferry boat sails to Alcatraz Island. With superb vistas of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay, the tour features the major attractions of San Francisco. Bus / Road Tours

San Francisco bus tours

Fisherman's Wharf Tour
PIER 39 is San Francisco’s #1 Attraction - a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 13 full-service restaurants with bay views and numerous fun-filled attractions. PIER 39's shops feature everything from NFL Merchandise to jewelry and imported chocolates.

Fisherman's Wharf tours Deluxe City Tour plus Wax Museum Tour, Boudin Museum & Bakery Tour and Wax Museum, Aquarium of the Bay, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure Air / Plane Tours

San Francisco helicopter, airplane, seaplane tours

San Francisco Chinatown Tour
San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the United States, has been a popular shopping, dining and sightseeing destination for over a century. Yet most outsiders have never experienced the extrasensory realm of vintage Chinatown. Some say that specters from decades of Chinatown history emerge just after twilight…

San Francisco Chinatown Rentals

San Francisco electric car rentals

Muir Woods / Sausalito Tours
Leaving San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, you will travel to a forest of some of the oldest and tallest trees on earth - Muir Woods' Redwood Trees. Discover the delightful village of Sausalito - this Marin County settlement climbs picturesquely up the hillsides above its harbor. Prepare to be inspired!

Muir Woods National Monument, Sausalito tours Train / Rail Tours

Wine train, Roaring Camp train tours

Wine Country / Napa, Sonoma Tours
With vineyards below and majestic mountains rising in the distance, see the undulating hills and golden grassed valleys of San Francisco's Wine Country.  With a tour bus and expert guide to escort you to premium wine-tasting at Sonoma and Napa Valleys.

San Francisco's Wine Country - Napa, Sonoma - tours Cruise / Water Tours

San Francisco Bay Cruises, Alcatraz, water tours

Monterey / Carmel / 17 Mile Drive Tours
For a scenic day out, explore the beauty along California's famous coast Highway 1 by the towns of Santa Cruz and Capitola. Take in views of the Carmel Valley Hills and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Monterey pine forests, rocky coastline and vistas of crashing surf, as a chorus of sea lions barks on the rocks.

Monterey Carmel sightseeing tours Combination Tours

San Francisco combination tours

Yosemite National Park Tours
Come along on this tour and be amazed at the many beautiful natural wonders to see in Yosemite National Park, including the Giant Sequoia trees that are big enough to drive a car through; and also Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more! A scenic day out not to be missed!

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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

San Francisco's unique botanical garden inspires visitors with the extraordinary diversity of rare and unusual plants that can be grown in coastal California and elsewhere. The Garden celebrates the bond between people and plants, and instills a deeper understanding of the necessity to conserve Earth's biological diversity. The library is open Monday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm but closed on major holidays. The bookstore is open Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm. Time: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, Saturday-Sunday and Holidays 10:00am-5:00pm

(415) 661-1316

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: Varies by Venue

Visit the museum, visitor center, or the pier and historic vessels at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park at Fisherman's Wharf and discover your connection to San Francisco's maritime heritage. Maritime Museum: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm Free Admission Visitor Center: Sunday-Saturday 9:30am-7:00pm (Memorial Day-October 16) and 9:30am-5:00pm (October 17-May 30) Free Admission Hyde Street Pier : Sunday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm (Memorial Day-October 16) and 9:30am-5:00pm (October 17-May 30) Pier Admission: Free Boarding Pass for Historic Vessels: $5/Adults, Free/Supervised Children Under 16. Time: Varies by Venue

(415) 561-6662

Arion Press
1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA, Presidio
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The Arion Press is a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 for the purpose of preserving and continuing the use of one of the last integrated type foundry, letterpress printing, and bookbinding facilities, and operating it as a living museum and educational and cultural center. The Arion Press hosts a variety of lectures and other events. Gallery Hours: The gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, and by appointment. Ongoing Exhibits Include: William Matthews, four continuous tone-color prints entitled "Four Views of Sidley Park" for Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Bruce Conner, photogravures for The Ballad of Lemon and Crow by Glenn Todd Robert Graham, twenty-four lithographs and a bronze bas-relief for Lie, Sit, Stand, Be Still by Michael McClure Sol LeWitt drawings for Squarings, a sequence of 48 poems by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney Andrew Jackson Grayson, 156 bird portraits for Birds of the Pacific Slope, a masterwork of ornithological artistry; The Arion Press Folio Bible Tours: Public demonstration tours of the historic printing and bookmaking facilities of Arion Press and the type foundry of M & H Type are held every Thursday afternoon at 3:00 and last approximately one hour. There is a charge of $7 per person and reservations are required.Time: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm

(415) 561-2548

Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA, Richmond
Ticket Info: $10/Adults, $7/Seniors, $6/Children (ages 13-17), Free/Children (ages 12 and under)

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Time: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm

(415) 863-3330

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: $6/General, $3/Seniors, Students and Teachers, Free/Members

A nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ("The Center") creates, presents and explores today's multi-disciplinary art with diverse artists, institutions and communities in an atmosphere of inclusion, respect, collaboration, inquiry and commitment. The Center also offers its state-of-the-art facilities to individuals, corporations, associations and nonprofit organizations for a variety of events. All venues are wheelchair accessible. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts consists of two landmark buildings, the Galleries and Forum Building designed by Fumihiko Maki and the Theater by American architect, James Stewart Polshek. Both stylish contemporary buildings are located along the west side of Third Street between Mission and Howard in downtown San Francisco and are adjacent to the Moscone Convention Center and the beautiful urban oasis of Yerba Buena Gardens. Time: Tuesday-Wednesday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Thursday 12:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

(415) 978-2700

Alcatraz Island
Ticket Info: $16.50/Adults, $14.75/Seniors (ages 62+), $10.75/Children (ages 5-11)

Alcatraz is one of the most popular destinations in the San Francisco area. Located in the Bay Area in a world of its own, Alcatraz has lots of history. Visitors are able to visit the remnants of the prison and see the plant and wildlife on this island. Did you know that the field mice on this island are a different color than anywhere else? The prison not only housed public criminals but military criminals before that. Alcatraz is also the location where popular movies have been shot, including The Rock and The Empire Strikes Back. Rangers are on hand to answer questions and discuss history. Helpful Information: Once on the grounds, you can take a tour led by a park ranger or explore the prison with the self-guided audio tour. No food service is available but there's a picnic area near the dock. Location:To get to Alcatraz, ferry service is available from Pier 41 in San Francisco Monday-Friday; departures beginning at 9:30am, evening tour departs at 4:20pm. Time: Monday-Sunday departures beginning at 9:30am, evening tour departs at 4:20pm

(415) 705-5555

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, Civic Center
Ticket Info: $12/Adults, $8/Seniors (65+), $7/Youth (13-17), Free/Children (12 and under), Members, and first Sunday of the month.

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its holdings include nearly 15,000 treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, representing cultures throughout Asia. The museum's mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. More than 2500 extraordinary works from the museum's collection are displayed in the museum's permanent galleries. Artworks on view include monumental South Asian stone sculptures, luminous Chinese jades, vibrant Korean paintings, mystical Tibetan thangkas, serene Cambodian Buddhas, richly decorated Islamic manuscripts, and subtle Japanese ceramics. Family Programs: Storytelling - Every Sunday, 1:00pm and first Saturday of the month, 1:00pm. Free with museum admission. Family Art Encounter - First Saturday of the month, 1:00pm-4:00pm (except May and December, when there is a museum-wide Family Festival). Free with museum admission. Daily Programs: Architectural Tours - Free with museum admission. Gallery Tours - Free with museum admission. Please check Resource Center - Tuesday-Sunday 12:30pm-4:30pm. Free with museum admission. Admission Notes: Admission includes a complimentary audio tour of the museum's collection galleries. Museum admission is free the first Tuesday of every month except April and May.Time: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday until 9:00pm

(415) 581-3500

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, SOMA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Established in 1998 at California College of the Arts, the Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national, and international contemporary culture. Time: Tuesday 11:00am-7:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am-6:00pm, Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm

(415) 551-9210

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: $10/General Admission, $8/Students (with ID) and Seniors, Free/Members and Children under 18

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents dynamic exhibitions and educational programs, exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history and ideas. Helpful Information: Free public tours will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Friday-Sunday at 11:30am and 2:00pm; Thursday at 2:00pm, 5:30pm and 7:00pm. Time: Monday, Tuesday, Friday-Sunday 11:00am-5:30pm; Thursday 1:00pm-8:30pm; Closed Wednesday

(415) 655-7800

3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA, Marina
Ticket Info: $14/Adults, $10/Seniors (65+) and Students (with ID) and Youth (ages 13-17), $8/Children (ages 4-12), Free/Children (ages 3 and under)

The Exploratorium is an experimental, hands-on museum designed to spark curiosity - regardless of your age or your familiarity with science. With hundreds of exhibits to touch, look through, pick up, and tinker with, let curiosity be your compass to endless discoveries! The Exploratorium is located in the Palace of Fine Arts, near the Golden Gate Bridge. Exhibits cover a range of subject areas, including human perception (such as vision, hearing, learning, and cognition), the life sciences, and physical phenomena (such as light, motion, electricity, waves and resonance, and weather). A wide variety of public programs, artists-in-residence projects, and demonstrations accompany all exhibit collections. Admission Notes: Museum admission is free the first Wednesday of every month. Time: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Closed Monday

(415) 561-0360

Boudin Bakery Museum and Tour
160 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Wharf
Ticket Info: $3/Adult, Free/Children (12 and under when accompanied by an adult)

Before Fisherman's Wharf was even on the map, the Boudin French Bakery was making bread for San Franciscans. Through a compelling array of historic photos, artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you will discover the history of Boudin, the events and personalities surrounding its origins, and the art and science behind their original San Francisco Sourdough.Time: Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Friday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

(415) 928-1849

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA, Silicon Valley

Ticket Info: $9/Adults, $6/Seniors and Youth(5-17), Free/Children(4 and under)

The Hiller Aviation Institute brings together historical, educational and technological resources for the purpose of advancing air transportation to serve a growing, interdependent world population. Permanent Exhibit: A collection of aviation history spanning over the past 130 years by Stanley Hiller. Collection includes 50 aircraft exhibits and numerous displays such as: 1869 "Avitor" Hermes Jr. (first aeroplane to fly - unmanned) 1883, 1905, & 1911 gliders (Montgomery) 1911 Eugene Ely's Curtiss Pusher (the first plane to land on a ship) 1913 Lincoln Beechey's "Little Looper" (first aerobatics airplane) 1945 Hiller 360 (first inherently-stable helicopter to be licensed by the FAA) 1955 Flying Platform (first ducted fan, man-carrying, VTOL aircraft) 1956 XROE Rotorcycle (fully collapsible helicopter) 1970 Boeing 747 cockpit (interactive display) 1986 Boeing Condor (spy plane with 201-ft. wing span) And many more... Major Events: Vertical Challenge, Young Eagles, Lecture Series, various visiting aircraft displays. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

(650) 654-0200

Haas-Lilienthal House
2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA, Pacific Heights
Ticket Info: $8/Adults, $5/Seniors and Children (12 and under)

As featured on A&E's America's Castles' "Castles by the Bay," this exuberant Queen Anne-style Victorian was built in 1886. It is the only intact private home of the period that is open regularly as a museum, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. The House has elaborate wooden gables, a circular corner tower and luxuriant ornamentation. Volunteer docents lead tours through the House and explain the Victorian architecture of the exterior. A display of photographs in the downstairs supper-room describes the history of the home and the family that lived here until 1972. Time: Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday 12:00pm-3:00pm

(415) 441-3000

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Wharf
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Coated in tradition and history, Ghirardelli Square is one of San Francisco's most treasured landmarks. The story of the city is played out in the Square's history. Welcome to Ghirardelli Square, home to some of the finest views, galleries, boutiques, culinary treats and special events that San Francisco has to offer. Hours: Spring Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm Friday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm Summer Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm Restaurant and retail shop hours vary throughout the year. Time: Varies by Season

(415) 775-5500

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA, Golden Gate Park
Ticket Info: $24.95/Adult, $19.95/Seniors (65+), Youth (12-17), $14.95/Children (7-11), Free/Children (Under 6)

Since 1853, the California Academy of Sciences has been dedicated to exploring, explaining, and protecting the natural world. Under one roof, the Academy houses the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, and Kimball Natural History Museum. The Kimball Natural History Museum's exhibits address two of the most significant and closely-intertwined scientific issues of this time: the evolution and the maintenance of life on Earth. The exhibits draw heavily from the Academy's 150-plus years of research, its 20 million specimens, and the expertise of its many world-class scientists and affiliates. Time: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

(415) 379-8000

The Cannery at Del Monte Square
2801 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Wharf
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The Cannery at Del Monte Square is one of San Francisco's most treasured places. Located at the foot of Columbus Street overlooking San Francisco Bay, and originally built in 1907, The Cannery was once the largest peach cannery in the world. Today, The Cannery at Del Monte Square is a vibrant waterfront marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, offices, live entertainment, and a world-class jazz club. The brick warehouse was converted into three levels of winding walkways, balconies and bridges surrounding an inviting courtyard with 130-year-old olive trees and several outdoor cafes. The Cannery's European charm, unique shops and restaurants, and award-winning architecture make it one of the finest shopping and dining experiences in the world. Time: Monday-Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 11:00am

(415) 771-3112

Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, Peninsula
Ticket Info: $6/Adults, $4/Seniors(62+) and Students(13-17), $2/Children(3-12), Free/Children under 3

The Coyote Point Museum is a learning center that inspires each of us to make a lifelong commitment to act responsibly in caring for the earth. Engaging, educational experiences for the diverse, multi-generational Bay Area community through wildlife, gardens, exhibitions, and programs that relate to the global environment. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Closed Monday

(650) 342-7755

U.S.S. Hornet Museum
Alameda Point, Pier 3, Alameda, East Bay
Ticket Info: $14/Adults, $12/Seniors (65+), Military and Students (with ID), $6/Youth (5-17), Free/Children (4 and under) and Members

Welcome aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. We invite you to explore this unique venue with its unforgettable view of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge. A Registered National Historic Landmark, the aircraft carrier Hornet participated in two of the most significant events of the 20th century, WWII and the Apollo 11 manned moon mission. Imagine walking in the footsteps of the first men on the moon! For those who want a more in-depth look at an aircraft carrier, a Flashlight Tour begins at 8:30am on "Living Ship Days." The tour includes areas not open to the public such as Captain's and Admiral's Quarters, Message Center, Brig, and Catapult Machinery Room. Cost is $35 per person and includes all-day admission. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

(510) 521-8448

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Mission District
Ticket Info: $2/General Admission and Opening Nights: $5/General Admission

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, Carmel Central Coast
Ticket Info: $29.95/Adult, $27.95/Senior (65+) and Student (College ID), $17.95/Children (3-12) and Disabled, Free/Children Under 3

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can explore award-winning exhibits, participate in fun activities for all ages and learn more about life in the oceans. Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as the nation's finest aquarium and number three top-rated family attraction in the United States. Located on Monterey's historic Cannery Row, right on the edge of beautiful Monterey Bay and just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. With each visit, you'll find something new, and your visit supports the Aquarium's efforts to inspire conservation of the oceans. Ongoing Exhibits: "Wild About Otters" "Mission to the Deep" "Giant Octopus" "Sandy Shores" "Outer Bay" "Rocky Shores" "Life on the Bay" "Sea Otters" "Kelp Forest" "Monterey Bay Habitats" "Splash Zone" Hours Notes: From May 28-September 5 and Holidays, the Aquarium opens at 9:30am. The Aquarium is open every day except December 25. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

(831) 648-4888

Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Union Square
Ticket Info: $8/Adults, $5/Seniors (65+), $5/Students (with ID), Free/Children (12 and under)

Using objects of art and culture as catalysts to tell the story of the African Diaspora past and present, the Museum of the African Diaspora is a virtual crossroads for people around the globe-a repository of information to be shared with all who wish to know about the African Diaspora. Museum visitors can exchange histories and stories, share and debate viewpoints, and find common expression in the many kinds of experiences that the museum provides. Time: Monday 10:00am-6:00pm, Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Closed Tuesday

(415) 358-7200

National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi
610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA, North Beach
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Located in the heart of San Francisco's historic North Beach district, Saint Francis of Assisi Church today continues to build upon its historical mission. No longer a parish, the church has become the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi and as such bears witness to Christ within the beautiful city named for the poor troubadour of God. The Shrine Church, a place of sanctity, beauty, and quiet, rejoices in its beautiful architecture, colorful murals and stained-glass windows, and holy relics of the Franciscan saints Francis and Clare of Assisi and Anthony of Padua. Time: Sunday-Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm

(415) 983-0405

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, East Bay
Ticket Info: $8/Adults, $5/Seniors (65+) and Students (youth and adults with valid ID), Free/Children under age five

The Oakland Museum of California, opened in 1969, is one of the most architecturally interesting museums in the country, a graceful, three-tiered blend of spacious galleries, terraces, patios, sculpture gardens and ponds. Comprehensive permanent exhibits on three floors portray California's natural wonders, events, eras and people who have shaped the state, and the art that Californians have produced since artist-explorers first ventured into the Yosemite Valley. Galleries, special exhibitions, tours, educational programs and public festivals celebrate the state's far-reaching diversity. Visitors enjoy the Museum Cafe and Museum Store, with many California titles as well as gifts, children's books and educational toys, and decorative items. Admission Information: First Friday of each month open till 9:00pm. Second Sundays are free admission to general museum galleries. Admission may apply to special exhibits. Time: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday

(510) 238-2200

Pier 39
Beach Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Wharf
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Pier 39 is San Francisco's top attraction, a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 13 full-service restaurants with bay views and numerous fun-filled attractions. Pier 39's two-level design complements one of San Francisco's most unique shopping districts, featuring everything from NFL merchandise to jewelry and imported chocolates. Activities and fun are endless. Time: Monday-Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm

(415) 705-5500

Fort Mason Center
Marina, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Fort Mason Center, located on San Francisco Bay between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Fort Mason Center has nine Mission Revival buildings with a total of 300,000 square feet of space. This includes classrooms, galleries, meeting rooms, offices, performance spaces, and a large conference center - three rooms with a total capacity of 400. Two of the Center's piers are used for major events. The Herbst Pavilion accommodates 3,000 and the Festival Pavilion holds 5,000. In 1989, the 437-seat Cowell Theater opened, providing state-of-the-art performance space. Admission Information: First Wednesdays of each month is Free Museum Day at Fort Mason Center. See the Mexican Museum, Museo ItaloAmericano, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, SF African American Historical and Cultural Society, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, and the Fort Mason Foundation Main Office Lobby as they stay open late and admit the public for free. Helpful Information: There is no street address for Fort Mason Center. Fort Mason Center is not open July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Time: Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-12:00am

(415) 345-7500

The Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Potomac
540 Water Street, Oakland, CA, East Bay
Ticket Info: $7/General (13-59), $5/Seniors (60+), Free/Youth (12 and under)

Dockside Tour: The Potomac is open for docent-led dockside tours mid-January through mid-December. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long. Guests watch a 15-minute video in the Visitor Center prior to the tour. The video provides a glimpse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's use of the Potomac, emphasizing the impact of his administration on the country and the Potomac restoration story. History Tour: The Potomac operates narrated two-hour cruises with docents around San Francisco Bay from May through November. Emphasis is placed on the impact Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration had upon the Bay Area and surrounding landmarks. Guests watch a 15-minute video in the Visitor Center prior to the cruise. The video provides a glimpse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's use of the Potomac, emphasizing the impact of his administration on the country and the Potomac restoration story. While on board, guests may elect to take a docent led tour or self guided tour. Coffee, tea and water are available. Time: Wednesday 10:30am-3:30pm, Friday and Sunday 12:00pm-3:30pm

(510) 627-1215

San Francisco International Airport
South McDonnell Road and South Link Road, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

San Francisco is the only airport in the U.S. to feature an accredited museum on the terminal premises. The museum opened in 2000 with the opening of the new international terminal. San Francisco Airport Museums was established to create exhibitions that would humanize the airport environment and create an ambience in the airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. Time: Sunday-Saturday 12:00am-12:00am

(650) 821-6700

Aquarium: Underwater Planet
On display are representatives from three distinct aquatic communities. Each species of fish plays a vital role within its habitat while maintaining individual characteristics to ensure its survival. As we learn more about the under water planet, we recognize its importance to the larger environment. Presented in conjunction with the Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, as part of its ongoing commitment to education. Exhibit Location: Terminal 1 Time: Sunday-Saturday 12:00am-12:00am

(650) 821-6700

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: $5/General Admission, $4/Seniors (62+), Free/Youth (to 18) and Members

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art provides innovative exhibitions and educational programs that are designed to connect with and inspire diverse communities. As the only folk art museum in Northern California, the museum is known for a rich offering of focused and unique exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art and craft from around the world demonstrating how folk art, contemporary craft, and fine art are all part of the same continuum. Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-6:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm, Closed Wednesday

(415) 227-4888

View 155 Gallery
155 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA, Civic Center
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries exhibit innovative contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists from the Bay Area region. Through its dynamic programs, the gallery serves a broad audience of residents and tourist, students and educators, arts professionals and artists. Each of three sites - The Gallery at 401 Van Ness (Main Gallery), View 155, and City Hall - provide vital opportunities for artists to develop their practice with support from a city long known for its diversity, experimentation and innovative cultural landscape. The Arts Commission Gallery is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, a city agency. Time: Wednesday-Saturday 12:00pm-5:00pm

(415) 554-6080

San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA, Civic Center
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries exhibit innovative contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists from the Bay Area region. Through its dynamic programs, the gallery serves a broad audience of residents and tourist, students and educators, arts professionals and artists. Each of three sites - The Gallery at 401 Van Ness, View 155, and City Hall - provide vital opportunities for artists to develop their practice with support from a city long known for its diversity, experimentation and innovative cultural landscape. The Arts Commission Gallery is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, a city agency. Helpful Information: City Hall Gallery is located between Polk and Van Ness, Grove and McAllister Streets, directly across the street from the Main Gallery. Art in City Hall can be found on the lower level. Time: Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm

(415) 554-6080

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: $12.50/Adults, $8/Seniors (62+), $7/Students (with ID), Free/ Children (ages 12 and under) and Members

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a dynamic center for modern and contemporary art. The Museum strives to engage and inspire a diverse range of audiences by pursuing an innovative program of exhibitions, education, publications, and collections activities. Ongoing Exhibits: Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection The Art of Design: The Architecture and Design Collection Admission Notes: The museum opens at 10:00am between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Thursday evenings after 6:00pm the museum offers half-price admission. The Museum stops admitting patrons 45 minutes prior to the Museum's closing hour. The museum is closed on New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday 11:00am-5:45pm, Thursday until 8:45pm

(415) 357-4000

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, Civic Center
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The Main Library is the resource center for the entire San Francisco Public Library system and the libraries of Northern California. Its large collection and extensive programs and exhibits support the Library's mission of "access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joy of reading." Time: Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Monday 10:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday 12:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

(415) 557-4400

Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: $5/Adults, $3/Youth (12-17), $3/Seniors (65+), $3/Students (with ID), $1.50/Children (5-11), Free/Children 4 and under

The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1,750 species of plants at the Conservatory represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world. Immersive displays in five galleries include the lowland tropics, highland tropics, aquatic plants, potted plants and special exhibits. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory in North America and has attracted millions of visitors to Golden Gate Park since it first opened its doors. It is designated as a city, state and national historic landmark and was one of the 100 most endangered sites of the World Monuments Fund. Time: Tuesday-Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm

(415) 666-7001

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, Silicon Valley
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The San Jose Museum of Art is the only museum in San Jose accredited by the American Association of Museums, a recognition given to only 750 of the nation's 8,000 museums. The San Jose Museum of Art, founded in 1969 as the Civic Art Gallery, is dedicated to fostering the awareness, appreciation and understanding of twentieth and twenty-first century art in the diverse audiences of the Bay Area, through high caliber exhibitions, superior Studio Arts Programs, collections, and award-winning publications. All of these programs are designed to engage and enrich the individual and the community, and to sustain, promote and cultivate the value of the visual arts. SJMA's leadership is committed to serving the people of San Jose, and maintains ongoing dialogues and partnerships with the region's business leaders and arts organizations in order to meet the most current and pressing needs of our community. The San Jose Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 1,400 twentieth and twenty-first century artworks including paintings, sculpture, installation, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books. Objects from the permanent collection are often installed in the Museum's galleries, and are periodically used to curate entire exhibitions. Time: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm, Closed Monday

(408) 271-6840

Ball Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA, South Beach
Ticket Info: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors (55+), $5/Children (12 and under), Free/Children (Under 2)

It's the only ballpark in America where home runs can be "splash hits." One of baseball's most hallowed franchises plays inside this architectural landmark where breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay rival the action on the field. On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to go places only the players and staff go. Helpful Information: Public tours are available every day at 10:30am and 12:30pm rain or shine, except when day games are scheduled at AT&T Park. Tours depart from the Giants Dugout Store at AT&T Park and last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:30am and 12:30pm

(415) 972-1800

The National Liberty Ship Memorial
Pier 45, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Wharf
Ticket Info: $9/Adults, $5/Seniors, $4/Juniors (6-14), Free/Children under 6 and Military with ID, $20/Family (2 Adults and 4 children)

Of the more than 5,000 ships that formed the original D-Day armada, the O'Brien was the only ship to return 50 years later (although smaller vessels from many countries also returned). She and her crew were reviewed by the Queen of England from the royal yacht Britannia, visited by the President of the United States, and honored on both sides of the English Channel on that historic occasion. Returning across the Atlantic, her first U.S. port of call was her birthplace, South Portland, Maine. Continuing what was ultimately a six-month, 18,000 mile journey, she called at many other U.S. cities before making her triumphant return through the Golden Gate. The O'Brien made the entire voyage with no significant repairs and arrived at each port ahead of schedule -- a tribute to the skill and dedication of the volunteer crew members who maintained and sailed her, and a testimony to her sturdy design and construction. The vessel offers all day cruises. Please see website for specific days and prices. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

(415) 544-0100

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: $6/Adults, $4/Students and Seniors, $2/Children (6-12), Free/Children (5 and below)

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection. A complete volume research/library facility is located on the museum's premises. In addition to seven major exhibitions a year, the museum has a classroom for cartoon art and a bookstore. Admission Notes: The Cartoon Art Museum is closed on New Years Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The first Tuesday of every calendar month is "Pay What You Wish Day."Time: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

(415) 227-8666

934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, SOMA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

SomArts operates the South of Market Cultural Center under contract to The San Francisco Art Commission. It is one of four Community Cultural Centers under the supervision of the Community Arts and Education Program with funding from The Hotel Tax Fund. SomArts' technical services branch offers stage, sound, lighting and consultation for major street fairs and festivals in San Francisco. Serving all the neighborhoods, cultural groups, art organizations and individual artists who bring their work to multicultural audiences throughout San Francisco. Time: Tuesday-Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm

(415) 863-1414

The Canvas
1200 Ninth Avenue, San Francisco, CA, Sunset
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The Canvas Gallery is devoted to the support and promotion of rising artists, as well as the surrounding community. The space features progressive and affordable art amidst an independent cafe/lounge setting. The gallery showcases emerging artists with a focus on traditional painting, photography, and mixed media installation and design. The Canvas Gallery strives towards supporting local talent in the music and entertainment fields during their nightly activities, which take place seven days per week. During your visit, relax on the open air patio or dine indoors surrounded by the gallery's fabulous collection. For after hours, recline on the plush sofas and enjoy a cocktail or a late-night coffee. There is something happening every night so plan on staying late. From electronic music to jazz night, spoken word to live band performances, The Canvas' eclectic and open-minded environment is home of the Bay Area's best artists and performers in every flavor. Helpful Information: The Canvas offers nightly music performances. Cover Charges may apply to these events. For details, please visit the Gallery website. Time: Monday-Thursday 10:00am-12:00am, Friday 10:00am-7:30pm, Saturday 9:00am-7:30pm, Sunday 9:00am-12:00am

(415) 504-0060

101 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Metreon is the first-of-its-kind entertainment center located at Fourth and Mission streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This 350,000 square-foot complex features an eclectic mix of the Bay Area's best restaurants, shopping venues, theatres, and entertainment destinations, including the West Coast's largest IMAX theatre. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm

(415) 369-6000

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA, Silicon Valley
Ticket Info: $7/Adults and Children, $6/Seniors (60+), Free/Infants (under 1) and Members

The purpose of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. For children, it is first and foremost a place to call their own, offering interactive exhibits and programs in a warm and inviting setting. Its educational mission encompasses the themes of Connections, Community, and Creativity. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum's programs also encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Finally, as a center for creative play and expression, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose provides opportunities for all of us to discover the world through the eyes of our children. Permanent Exhibits: Waterways - Colorful plastic balls become tools for discovery about the way water flows. Waterways also has a toddler area, Little Waterways. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

(408) 298-5437

Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, Chinatown
Ticket Info: $3/Adults, $2/College students (with ID) and Seniors, $1/Children (6-17), Free/CHSA members and children 5 and under

The Chinese Historical Society of America, conceived in San Francisco in the fall of 1962, was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization on January 5, 1963. To accommodate their expanding programs and exhibitions, CHSA opened the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center in the historic Julia Morgan Chinese YWCA building in November 2001. Admission Notes: Free to the public on the first Thursday of every month Time: Tuesday-Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm, Saturday-Monday Closed

(415) 391-1188

The de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, Golden Gate Park
Ticket Info: $10/Adults, $7/Seniors (65+), $6/Youth (13-17), Free/Children (12 and under)

Founded in 1895 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. On October 15, 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art new facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape in one multi-faceted destination that will inspire audiences from around the world. Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron and Fong and Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum's priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. The Fine Arts Museums docents offer private group tours in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Cantonese, as well as English. Please see for schedule. For private tours, please call (415)750-3638. Admission Notes: First Tuesday of each month FREE. Muni riders with Fast Pass or transfer receive a $2 discount. Time: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5:15pm, Friday until 8:45pm

(415) 863-3330

San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA, Sunset/Ocean Beach
Ticket Info: $11/Adults, $8/Youths (12-17), $8/Seniors (65+), $5/Children (3-11), Free/Children (2 and under)

The San Francisco Zoo connects people with wildlife, inspires caring for nature, and advances conservation action. Located near the sweeping vistas of Ocean Beach, the zoo offers a brand new three acre African savanna, a lemur forest, children's zoo, carousel, bird sanctuary and so much more. Ongoing Event: Senior Stroll: Enjoy a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to yourself. A docent answers questions and offers insights into animal behavior. Coffee and tea served. Senior Strolls are held the second Tuesday of every month from 9:00am-10:15am. Meet at the main entrance. Questions: (415) 753-7173. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

(415) 753-7080

The Presidio of San Francisco
34 Graham Street, San Francisco, CA, Presidio
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The Presidio's history is central to its status as a national park. Before the arrival of Europeans, the indigenous Ohlone people were the first known users of the land. In 1776, the Presidio was established as a military post by a Spanish expedition that marched north from Sonora, Mexico. After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, the Presidio became a Mexican frontier outpost. During the Mexican-American War in 1846, the U.S. Army took control of the Presidio. As a result of the Base Closure and Realignment Act, the Presidio was transferred to the National Park Service in 1994. Two years later, the U.S. Congress established the Presidio Trust to manage the Presidio, in partnership with the National Park Service. Time: Monday-Sunday 12:00am-12:00am

(415) 561-5300

Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

San Francisco's most popular destination is known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping. Fisherman's Wharf offers a wide array of things to do for everyone. Visitors are within minutes of the Maritime Museum, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and everyone's favorite: the world famous San Francisco Cable Car lines. Fisherman's Wharf offers some of the most incredible views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the cityscape. Time: Hours vary by attraction

(415) 673-3530

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours and Gifts
3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield, CA, East Bay
Ticket Info: Free Admission

It's been said that no parade is complete without a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales - in this case, no visit to an Anheuser-Busch brewery is complete without hearing the story of how "day fresh" Budweiser is brewed. Located at the gateway to Napa Valley, the Fairfield Brewery continues the century-old tradition of brewing fine Anheuser-Busch beers. At the beginning of the tour, we'll explain the all-natural brewing process while guests 21 years of age or older enjoy complimentary samples of our beers. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to stop by the beechwood aging cellar and the production floor, where high-speed packaging lines fill thousands of cans and bottles every minute. Admission Information: Hours vary during summer; June-August: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed on select holidays. Please call (707) 429-7595 for hours. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

(707) 429-7595

Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA, East Bay
Ticket Info: $6/General Admission

Created in 1950, Children's Fairyland is a historic 10 acre outdoor park and educational facility in which children's literature is "brought to life" through fairy tale exhibits, animals, and talking storybooks that children activate by turning a "Magic Key." Time: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

(510) 452-2259

Wells Fargo History Museum - San Francisco
420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, Financial District
Ticket Info: Free Admission

On the site where Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852, this museum features a Concord Coach used by Wells Fargo in the 1860s and an impressive display of gold dust and ore from California's Gold Country. Time: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

86 Canada Road, Redwood City, CA, San Mateo Co.
Ticket Info: $12/Adults, $5/Students (ages 5-17 or with valid student ID), Free/ Children (ages 5 and under)

Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early twentieth century. The 654-acre property includes a 36,000 square-foot mansion furnished with elegant antiques and decorative art, as well as sixteen acres of European-inspired gardens which showcase an exquisite horticultural collection. Filoli is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to the, "leadership, education and advocacy of America's diverse historic places." Admission Information: Filoli is open February 14-October 28, 2006. Filoli will be closed in observance of all federal holidays. Additional/increased admission fees apply on Filoli's Special Event Days. Admission includes an all-day self-guided tour or either a guided tour or nature hike combined with a self-guided tour before of after. Helpful Information: Please visit Filoli's official website,, for more information. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-3:30 pm (last admission 2:30), Sunday 11:00 am-3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm)

(650) 364-8300

Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA, Monterey/Carmel Central Coast
Ticket Info: $10-$30

Hearst Castle is one of the largest of approximately 5,000 historic house museums in the U.S., with one of the most sophisticated guided tour programs in the country. Once the home of William Randolph Hearst, California State Parks strives to keep the estate looking like a private residence. The tours take the visitor back into time through the interpretation of a combination of many aspects regarding the estate, including William Randolph Hearst and his family, and the collection, architecture, gardens and lifestyle at the Castle. Formal guide training is an integral aspect of Hearst Castle. Castle tour guides are initially trained a total of 168 hours with additional in-service training and ongoing independent study between tours, resulting in a high quality interpretive experience for all who visit "The Enchanted Hill." Helpful Information: For a detailed schedule of tours. Time Varies By Tour

(805) 927-2020

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, Civic Center
Ticket Info: $12/Adults, $8/Seniors (65+), $7/Youth (13-17), Free/Children (12 and under) and Members

More than 2,500 remarkable works of art providing a comprehensive introduction to the major cultures of Asia remained displayed in the new galleries. Cultures represented with art, clothing, and jewelry include Indian, Chinese, Korean, Tibetan, Cambodian, and Japanese. Time: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday until 9:00pm

(415) 581-3500

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: Free Admission

North Baker Research Library Collections, support the aims of the California Historical Society by providing patrons with access to primary and secondary resources. The Library contains material relating to the history of California and the West from the early explorations to the present time. Library holdings include: *Manuscripts, including diaries and letters of gold rush miners and early settlers, nineteenth century *Over 35,000 books and pamphlets *Maps *Posters and broadsides *The Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing Time: Wednesday-Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm

(415) 357-1848

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA, Chinatown
Ticket Info: Free Admission

The activities of the Center focus on art exhibitions, which are presented on a continuous, year-round basis-some organized by the Center and others on loan from other museums or cultural institutions. Major exhibitions of historical significance have included Chinese of America: 1786-1980 (a documentary exhibition on the history of Chinese Americans); Chinese Women of America-A Pictorial History (an exhibition accompanied by a catalogue published in conjunction with the University of Washington Press); Stories From China's Past: Han Dynasty Pictorial Tomb Reliefs and Archaeological Objects from Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China, which toured to eight U.S. cities in 1987-88; Symbol and Adornment: Traditional Costumes and Jewelry from China's Minorities, (in collaboration with the Cultural Palace Museum of Nationalities, Beijing, China); and Shiwan Ceramics: Beauty, Color, and Passion, which received funding support locally and from abroad. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

(415) 986-1822

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Wharf
Ticket Info: $12.95/Adult (18-54), $9.95/Junior (12-17), $6.95/Child (6-11), $9.95/Senior (55+)

The Wax Museum in the heart of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is home to over 250 internationally personalities. A millennium of history is represented in fabulous scenes from the birth of Christ through the most dramatic milestones in man's history. As one of the world's largest wax museums, this San Francisco attraction endeavors to show life in all its aspects from A to Z - Artists to Zombies! Guest are inspired by the Last Supper in the Hall of Religions and Horrified by the chilling Chamber of Horrors. See the worlds only wax tableaux of King Tut's Magnificent Tomb and the Palace of Living Arts, where history's most famous masters, as well as their masterpieces, come to life. As always, the incumbent President occupies his rightful place among the World Leaders, a few steps away from his illustrious Predecessors in the Presidential Library. Admission Information: Call for special Holiday Hours (415) 202-0402 and be sure to visit for special discounts. Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm

(800) 439-4305

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, CA, East Bay
Ticket Info: $49.99/General Admission, $29.99/Children, Children (ages 2 and under) Free

Six Flags Marine World is America's only combination wildlife park, oceanarium and theme park. From world-class rides and up-close animal encounters to sensational live shows and special events, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. Six Flags Marine World is home to Medusa, the region's longest and most extreme coaster that lets guests soar through the sky through seven mind-boggling inversions. In addition to this incredible ride, the Park has a variety of out-of-this-world coasters and thrill rides including ROAR!, Kong and V2: Vertical Velocity, the only spiraling impulse coaster of its kind in the world. Craving thrills? You've come to the right place. In addition to all the fun of the Park's thrill rides, Six Flags Marine World is also home to some of the most exciting family attractions around including White Water Safari, Wave Jumper and Monkey Business. Rides/Coasters: * Stargate SG-3000: The Ride * Medusa * Monsoon Falls * Boomerang * Tasmanian Devil * Kong Animal Park: *Ocean Discovery *Animal Adventures *Animal Interactions Family Attractions: *Looney Toons Seaport *Tava's Jungleland Time: Park hours vary by season

(707) 644-4000

San Francisco Railway Museum
77 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA, Embarcadero
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Using rarely-seen photographs, this exhibit brings to life the vibrant transit operation, symbolized by cable cars on Market Street, that was devastated by cataclysm on April 18, 1906. The exhibit then weaves together the strands of heroism, determination, and corruption to show how a transformed transit system spearheaded recovery. Time: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

(415) 956-0472

The Society of California Pioneers Museum
300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, SOMA
Ticket Info: $3/Adults, $1/Seniors and Students, Free/Members

Good Prospects: Life in the California Gold Fields examines with an affectionate eye the lives of the "forty-niners" who traveled to California with hopes of making their fortune. The exhibition traces their travels, experiences, and hardships with a selection of sheet music and instruments, photography, paintings, books, maps, and journalistic and eyewitness accounts found in the permanent collections of The Society of California Pioneers. Time: Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm and the first Saturday of every month

(415) 957-1849

3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA, Marina
Ticket Info: $17/General Admission

An old saying, perhaps meant to provide comfort, goes, "There's nothing there in the dark that isn't there in the light." At the Exploratorium's legendary Tactile Dome, however, there's never any light, and visitors are never quite sure what's there as they feel their way through twisting passageways, chutes and rooms, guided only by their sense of touch. Helpful Information: Reservations required; please call Ticket Phone. Time: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm; Friday-Saturday 6:45 (after hours)

(415) 561-0360

09/05/2007 Through 05/31/2012
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, SOMA
Ticket Info: Free Admission
Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions. This exhibition features fifty displays about the fifty American states. Each month a display will examine one of the 50 American states, in alphabetical order by state name. Americana will focus on overlooked and little-known aspects of each state through artworks, historical artifacts, curiosities, and other elements. Exhibition Location: Mary Augustine Gallery Time: Tuesday 11:00am-7:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am-6:00pm, Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm

(415) 551-9210

The Logan Galleries
1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, SOMA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Tino Sehgal, Sehgal's first solo exhibition in the United States. Organized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann, the presentation will be on view indefinitely starting September 6, 2007, in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. This permanent exhibition will feature all of Sehgal's existing works to date as well as new works configured specifically for the Logan Galleries; the pieces will be presented one at a time and will appear concurrently with the Wattis Institute's other exhibitions and programs. Taking the framework of a traditional retrospective but removing its time constraints, this continuous, gradual presentation of a single artist's oeuvre will allow audiences to follow and engage with Sehgal's practice in new ways. The project will also investigate how an art institution can commit to the development and understanding of one artist's career in a manner that extends beyond the confines of conventional exhibition practice. Time: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm

(415) 551-9210

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA (Carmel Central Coast)
Ticket Info: $24.95/Adult, $22.95/Senior (65+) and Student (college ID), $15.95/Child (3-12) and Disabled, Free/Children (under 3)

Mission to the Deep highlights the research and technology of the Aquarium's sister institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI); features interactive displays that simulate the control room of an MBARI research ship at which visitors can pilot three types of underwater robots on one of three "missions" to explore extreme ocean depths. Time: Sunday-Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm

(831) 648-4888

Shelton Theater
533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, Financial District
Ticket Info: $29/General Admission, $27/Seniors and Students

Shopping! The Musical is San Francisco's longest-running original show, now in its second smash-hit year at The Shelton Theater. This is a hilarious, fast-paced revue of original songs and sketches about shopping, skewering everything from the stores, the customers and the salespeople to the very different shopping habits and styles of men and women. It won the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for best script of an original musical. Time: Friday and Saturday 8:00pm

(415) 392-8860

12/01/2007 Through 06/28/2009
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, East Bay
Ticket Info: $8/Adults, $5/Seniors (65+) and Students (Youth and Adults with Valid ID), Free/Children (Under 5 Years of Age)

The Art and History of Early California, an exhibition of the museum's collection, explores the story of California from the First Peoples through the Gold Rush. Through a display of art and artifacts, experience the rich history, diverse beginnings, and artistic and cultural heritage of early California. Time: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

(510) 238-2200

Johnny Foley's Irish House
243 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA, Union Square
Ticket Info: Free Admission

MicX Dueling Piano Lounge will feature Mark Andert and Jeff Martin. This engaging entertainment show incorporates high-spirited music of all styles, improv comedy, adult humor, and lively audience interaction and has become the nation's most popular form of night club entertainment. With two pianos and slightly deranged pianists, they coax their large crowds in pubs to sing-a-long with popular songs from ACDC to John Denver and nearly everything in between. Important Information: This show may contain strong adult language and content. Time: Sunday-Thursday 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 9:00pm

(415) 954-0777

Golden Gate Park
Fulton Street to Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Inside San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Park lies Stow Lake, a small recreation area complete with waterfall. Local families and tourists come here to rent paddle-boats, have a picnic, or just feed the ducks. Electric boats can also be rented.Time: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

(415) 831-2700

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA, Marin County
Ticket Info: $10/Adults, $8/Children and Seniors, Free/Children under 1 and Members

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor facility at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 270,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. They are the only children's museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park, and their exhibits are admired and emulated by other children's museums nationwide. The Museum is recognized as the leading children's museum dedicated to developing childhood creativity, nurturing future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, they encourage children ages six months to eight years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers. The Museum's unique programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions, performances, special events, cultural festivals and ongoing educational curricula... all with a focus on fun! The Bay Area Discovery Museum has a monthly free admission day on the First Wednesday of each month from 9:00am-4:00pm. Please note: Due to capacity issues, they are unable to accommodate school groups and groups larger than 10 on Free First Wednesdays. Time: Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

(415) 339-3900

The Clubhouse
414 Mason Street #705, San Francisco, CA, Union Square
Ticket Info: $12/General Admission

No additives, no preservatives, just good stand-up comedy. This comedy showcase features some of the best comedians in town, including those local favorites that you want to see at the bigger clubs, but don't want to pay the two drink minimum. Time: Saturday 9:00pm

(415) 921-2051

Yerba Buena Gardens
760 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Activities will include interactive performing arts, hands-on participatory gardening activities, arts and crafts, eco-system education, animal lifecycles, recycling education, green waste management and holiday programs all designed to delight, entertain and engage the whole family. Each week's schedule is available online. Time: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

(415) 543-1718

Teatro ZinZanni
The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Info: $116-$190/General Admission

Teatro ZinZanni is a bewitching evening of European cabaret and cirque, divas and madmen, spectacle and sensuality with live music and a gourmet five-course dinner - set in the nightclub of your dreams! The show features an ensemble cast of world-class performers who rotate in and out to keep it fresh and exciting. The madcap cabaret is generally headed by a marvelous "hostess," ably assisted by a "chef de cuisine" who introduces each course, and a "maitre d'hotel" of distinction, while comedy and mayhem are supplied by a magical assortment of acrobats, jugglers, comedians, musicians, and others. The list of acclaimed performers have included singers Joan Baez, Thelma Houston, Sally Kellerman, Liliane Montevecchi, Maria Muldaur, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Ann Wilson, the Mexican Elvis known as "El Vez," and more! Taste Catering is responsible for the 5-course gourmet dinner, which now includes a choice of three magnificent entrees, plus a vegan dish. Time: Wednesday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm

(415) 438-2668

Bayfront Theater
Fort Mason Center, Building B - Floor 3, San Francisco, CA, Marina
Ticket Info: $5/Advance, $8/At the Door

Graduates of the BATS Impov school take the stage in an anything goes improv free-for-all. See some of the Bay Area's freshest improvisers play one of BATS newest and freshest shows. With no competition and no eliminations, you, the audience, are the real winners. Every show is completely improvised, completely unique, and completely unpredictable. Time: Sunday 7:00pm

(415) 474-6776

Steinhart Aquarium
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA, Golden Gate Park
Ticket Info: Free Admission

Visitors to the California Academy of Sciences will enjoy free admission to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and Kimball Natural History Museum on the third Wednesday of each month. Time: Third Wednesday 9:30am-5:00pm

(415) 379-8000

Imperial Palace
818 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA, Chinatown
Ticket Info: $13/Each

Imperial Palace presents a fun-filled evening of ballroom dancing with a live band on their spacious dance floor. Time: Monday and Wednesday-Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 7:00pm-11:00pm

(415) 956-9888


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