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Things to Do in Downtown San Francisco:From Whale Watching to Chinatow

Just a 30-minute drive across the Bay, downtown San Francisco is swarming with culture, diversity, and fun things to do from quirky neighborhoods to ballparks. Hop on a vintage streetcar and tour the most desired local attractions including Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Haight Ashbury, Lombard Street, the Palace of Fine Arts, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the Exploratorium. Take a cruise to Alcatraz Island and go whale watching at the pier. Head to the crown jewel of shopping at Union Square or make your way to AT&T Park to catch the San Francisco Giants score a home run. Of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without getting on a double-decker tour bus for some serious sight-seeing around the Bay Area.
 

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Downtown San Francisco Events

  • International Film Festival
  • Gay Pride Parade & Festival
  • Haight Street Fair
 
 

Activities

  • Cable Car Rides
  • Shopping
  • Chinatown
  • Museums
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Union Square
 

FAQs

  • What's the best way to get to San Francisco from Oakland?

    Just a 30-minute drive, the easiest route to San Francisco from Oakland is to take I-880 north to I-80 west. You can travel via BART, the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular forms of public transportation. BART is located directly across from Terminal 1 in the Oakland International Airport. From there, take BART from Oakland to Coliseum Station, then board a San Francisco City-bound train which stops at four downtown San Francisco stations.
  • What can I do with the family in downtown San Francisco?

    If traveling with children, some family-friendly activities in downtown San Francisco include a tour of Alcatraz Island, the Aquarium of the Bay, cable car rides, and the California Academy of Sciences, where visitors can walk through a four-story rainforest or stargaze at the planetarium. Spend a day at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens or visit the Exploratorium to explore the world through science, art, and human perception. 
 

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