7 Free Things to Do in San Francisco
In: San Francisco - United States By: Catherine
There are hundreds of reasons to come to San Francisco. Just ask the 15.9 million people from all over the world who visited in 2010. There's spectacular natural beauty, art & architecture, world class dining, vibrant nightlife, history, and more. The city has numerous free attractions. Just bring your camera, comfortable shoes and curiosity!
The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 connecting San Francisco to Marin County and other communities north of the city. Bike or walk the 1.7 mile span for spectacular panoramic views of the city, Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean. There are vista points on both ends of the bridge to enjoy the surrounding scenery and watch ships headed out to sea. (If you decide to drive across the bridge, there is a $5 toll in the southbound lanes.)
Fort Point, built for the Civil War, is a very interesting site to visit at the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is open Friday through Sunday and admission is free.
2. Take a Tour
3. Enjoy Nature at Golden Gate Park
Walk or jog along the paths at Stow Lake or in the Rhododendron Dell, or take in the fountains and statues on the Music Concourse between the de Young Museum and California Academy of Arts and Sciences. At the de Young Museum, admission is free to its fine art collections on the first Tuesday of the month. The California Academy of Sciences is free the third Wednesday of the month. Get there early to see visit this unique aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and rainforest.
If you're visiting the park on the first Tuesday of the month, admission to The Conservatory of Flowers is also free. The beautiful grounds in front of the conservatory are always open to the public for free.
Maiden Lane is a small side street off of Union Square that was once the center of San Francisco’s red light district. Now there are cafes, galleries, and high-end shops.
6. Experience the Ferry Building
7. Get a Thrill
About the Author:
Catherine Sweeney is publisher of Traveling with Sweeney, where she shares her experiences and perspectives based on a lifelong passion for travel. She has traveled extensively in the North America, the Caribbean and Europe and is looking forward to experiencing more of the world. She hopes to inspire others to travel, consider new destinations, and bring back memories of their own travel experiences. A Chicago native, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.