Places To Visit In San Francisco

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Here are the top 208 tourist attractions to see in San Francisco:

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
4.5 /5

7 km
from city center
1 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

One of San Francisco's most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the 'seven wonders of the modern world'.

2. Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
4.3 /5

6 km
from city center
2 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Alcatraz Island is another one of San Francisco's most famous landmarks. The island served as a federal prison for the worst of criminals in the country around the 1930s to 1960s and today is a major tourist attraction.

3. Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
3 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf is a famous neighbourhood in San Francisco and is an extremely busy tourist destination with several attractions.

4. Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park
3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
4 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Golden Gate Park is a mammoth urban park in the city, sprawling over an area of more than 1000 acres. It is a park of superb beauty and a plethora of tourist attractions.

5. Cable Car System

Cable Car System
3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The San Francisco Cable Car System is a historic mode of transport which was established in the 19th century. Today, it serves as a major tourist attraction and a majority of it's users are tourists.

6. Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks
3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
6 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Twin Peaks are a famous pair of mountains, named Eureka and Noe, that offer some fantastic views of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay.

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7. Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor
3.4 /5

7 km
from city center
7 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Legion of Honor is a replica of the stunning French Pavilion from the 1915 Panama - Pacific exposition. It is a part of the Fine Arts of Museum of San Francisco.

8. Walt Disney Family Museum

Walt Disney Family Museum
3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
8 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

An interactive museum telling the life story of one of the world's most famous icons, Walt Disney.

9. Union Square

Union Square
3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Union Square is a popular public square in San Francisco, home to several international brands and boutiques and many favourite bars, restaurants and hotels.

10. Exploratorium

Exploratorium
3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
10 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Exploratorium is an interactive and engaging science museum which offers you some of the most fun and unique experiences you will ever have!

11. Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts
3.5 /5

4 km
from city center
11 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts is a historic building which was constructed during the 1915 Panama-Pacific exhibition of various arts and is one of the few buildings from the exhibition that survive today.

12. Cable Car Museum

Cable Car Museum
3.4 /5

2 km
from city center
12 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The museum is an interesting display on the historic cable car system of San Francisco.

13. Chinatown

Chinatown
3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
13 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, this Chinatown is actually the oldest and the largest Chinatown outside Asia.

14. Lombard Street

Lombard Street
3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
14 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Lombard Street is an intriguing street beginning at the Presidio Boulevard. It's known for it's section on Russian Hill, with 8 sharp hair pin turns!

15. Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum
3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
15 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco houses one of the largest collection of Asian artworks in the Western hemisphere.

16. Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo

24 km
from city center
16 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Located in a small corner of the massive Knowland State Park, the Oakland Zoo is one of its biggest attractions. It’s divided into five distinct areas according to the habitat type and location- Wild Australia, Wayne & Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo, Tropical Rainforest, African Savanna, and California Trail. There is also an Adventure Landing where children and adults can enjoy the rollercoaster and endangered species carousel. The Outback Adventure Train starts in Adventure Landing, travels through the tropical Rainforest Area and Wild Australia before making the journey back to the depot.

17. California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
3.9 /5

4 km
from city center
17 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum located in San Francisco, California. The Academy first began in 1853 as a society that conducted research. The Academy has four main museum programs- the Kimball Natural History Museum, the Morrison Planetarium, Rainforests of the World, and the Steinhart Aquarium. The interactive exhibits available around the entire museum allow the whole family to learn together in an educational and fun way.

18. Dunes Beach

Dunes Beach

33 km
from city center
18 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Located along California’s renowned Pacific Coast Highway, the views from Half Moon Bay are a sight to behold. Dunes Beach is one of the four beaches that makes up the Half Moon Bay State Beach. It's a favored spot throughout the seasons for sunbathing, fishing, surfing, picnics, and camping. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail runs through the beach and is a must for any hiking fan. It runs parallel to the Pacific coast and offers sweeping views of the water. Half Moon Bay is located just outside San Francisco city limits, not more than an hour away if you take the scenic route. Dunes Beach is located about midway in the Half Moon Bay stretch of beaches.

19. Esplanade Beach, Pacifica

Esplanade Beach, Pacifica

15 km
from city center
19 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Esplanade Beach is one of the most dog-friendly beaches in Pacifica, the northern end is designated to be a leash-free area for dogs. Its rugged bluffs and soft sands are appealing to anyone. The beach might be beautiful but it's quite narrow and can be very dangerous during high tide. Visitors should check the tide tables in order to ensure their safety on the bridge. The beach is accessible through switchback trails and stairs, which are safest on the northern end. The beach is a delight for beach enthusiasts and dog lovers.

20. Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

2 km
from city center
20 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Attached to the California College of the Arts, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1998. The institute serves both as an exhibition space and research center for unsung artists who take risks and are adventurous. The institute features art by the famous Julia Heyward and Sotheby. The second floor of the institute often features performance art and other unique experiences. Wattis Institute is fully accessible and free to the public. Any art enthusiast should check it out while visiting San Francisco.

21. Wells Fargo Museum San Francisco

Wells Fargo Museum San Francisco

2 km
from city center
21 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Wells Fargo is a prominent financial servicing and banking company, whose origins date back to the 1800s. The business’ long history of being reliable and fair has led it to become one of the largest financial institutions in the world. The San Francisco museum is located in the heart of the financial district and depicts Wells Fargo’s leading role in various parts of Californian history. The free museum allows visitors to interact with its various displays and experience for themselves the lifestyle in different parts of time, like the Gold Rush. The museum is appealing to both children and adults, with interesting pieces of information as well as exhibits for experiencing old-timey lifestyles. The original stagecoach is a highlight!

22. Society of California Pioneers

Society of California Pioneers

5 km
from city center
22 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

One of the oldest organizations, the Society of California Pioneers founded the first library in the state. Established in 1850, it is now run by the direct descendants of its founding members and serves as a public museum and research library. The Society memorializes every defining moment in Californian history and there are many of them! From the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake to the early settlement of the state, all milestones are preserved carefully thanks to the Society’s repository of primary source materials. You can find the Society of California Pioneers in the Presidio of San Francisco, a now-historic park, a recreation area that used to serve as a US military fort.

23. SFO Museum Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum and Library

SFO Museum Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum and Library

18 km
from city center
23 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Aviation Museum and Library offers a glimpse into the importance of commercial aviation and how it plays a role in our everyday life. Since it's located in the International Terminal of the city’s airport, it's a great last stop in the City by the Bay to get entertained and informed. Modeled after the city’s 1930 passenger lobby, the museum focuses on the history of the airline industry and the region-specific Pacific area. The museum’s exhibitions, research services, and educational programs are free of charge to the public. Its exhibitions are constantly changing, and focus on different aspects of the airline industry, such as ‘fashion in flight’ which discusses stewardess uniforms.

24. Sea Lion Center

Sea Lion Center

4 km
from city center
24 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Nestled among Pier 39’s bay view restaurants, the Sea Lion Center is a dedicated nature center overlooking the sea lions that hang out on the K-Dock. The Center helps educate its visitors in understanding sea lions and their importance to the San Francisco ecosystem. You can also interact with sea lion artifacts as well as gain information about other similar animals around the world.

25. San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

1 km
from city center
25 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center is one of the largest performing centers in the country. As a collection of six different performance halls, the Center has been home to many show-stopping performances. As the birthplace of the UN, where the charter was signed, it’s worth a visit for history buffs. The center is home to both the San Francisco Ballet as well as the Opera, so make sure to enjoy at least one of their classic performances. There are tours offered every Monday between 10 am and 2 pm.

26. San Francisco Railway Museum

San Francisco Railway Museum

3 km
from city center
26 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The San Francisco Railway Museum is a tribute to the city’s rail history. Kids can experience what it’s like to be at the helm of one of SF’s iconic railcars in the lifesize streetcar. There are historic artefacts, interactive displays, and AV displays. The free museum is located opposite the San Francisco Ferry Building, where you can take a ferry across the Bay to the many islands like Alcatraz Island and Angel Island.

27. Pacific Heritage Museum

Pacific Heritage Museum

2 km
from city center
27 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Pacific Heritage Museum celebrates the heritage of the people living in the Pacific Rim area. The small museum honors various cultures around the Pacific Ocean. It has several rotating exhibits that focus on different countries. Past exhibitions include ‘The Art of Tea: China and Beyond’ and ‘Macao Memories’. Founded by the Bank of Canton of California, the museum is located in the US Subtreasury Building across the Transamerica Building.

28. Crissy Field Beach

Crissy Field Beach

5 km
from city center
28 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The beach is a former US Army airfield and now is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The easily accessible beach has a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge with many areas to set up beach shelters to take in the view. The nearby Crissy Field Marsh is a great place for some bird watching. The promenade, which links the Fort Point National Historic Site and the Marina, runs through the beach.

29. Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach
4.0 /5

11 km
from city center
29 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Ocean Beach is San Francisco’s prime destination for surfing. Its long history of being inhospitable has paid off and its powerful waves are a hit with experienced surfers. However, the ocean at the beach is too dangerous for casual swimmers even with wetsuits and lifejackets, in most cases. However, it is a great place for families and dogs to just relax and enjoy the view. The areas towards the Golden Gate Park is more popular for regular bonfires.

30. SS Jeremiah O'Brien

SS Jeremiah O'Brien

4 km
from city center
30 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The O’Brien is known as one of the luckiest ships and has survived multiple voyages through D-Day landings, submarine attacks, and dangerous seas. It is one of the last two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the hundreds made and launched during World War II. The living museum transports its visitors back seventy years to its years of glory. The ship is located at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

31. Randall Museum

Randall Museum

2 km
from city center
31 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Randall Museum is a natural history museum with the experience of a science and arts center. The museum focuses on science, nature, and the arts. The facilities include the theater, woodshop, art area, and ceramics studio. Its located in Central San Francisco and is run by the city’s Recreation & Parks Department. Located in Corona Heights Park, the museum offers panoramic views of the city, downtown financial district, and the Bay.

32. Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist

Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist

1 km
from city center
32 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

A super friendly and eclectic church, the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist welcomes all minorities. Although its origins date back to the 1850s, the original neo-Byzantine basilica was deconstructed during the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 only to be replaced by the current Tudor-style building three years later. Located in the neighborhood of Castro, it has attracted a large LGBT membership and is now known for its advocacy. Its food pantry, known as Julian’s Pantry, opens its doors every Saturday. This church is a haven for all minorities and all people who have been discriminated against.

33. Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church

Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church

2 km
from city center
33 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Fulfilling the famous jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s wish of becoming a saint, the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church uses music in its services in a truly modern way. It uses sound to baptize its members, rather than the traditional baptism. Situated in the heart of Filmore District, known for political action, community healing, charity, and anti-racist work, the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church is a people’s church.

34. McElroy Octagon House

McElroy Octagon House

3 km
from city center
34 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Famously known as McElroy Octagon House, the Octagon House San Francisco is an architectural treasure situated on 2645 Gough Street (at Union Street). The house which was built as a private residence by a miller called William C. McElroy in 1861 is one of the rare two surviving octagonal structures in San Francisco. The house was a result of the experimental trend of octagonal architectural structures, which was inspired by the publication of an essay titled The Octagon House: A Home For All, or A New, Cheap, Convenient, and Superior Mode of Building (1848) by Orson Squire Fowler, who claimed that the octagon houses were cost-efficient and supported spacious room dimensions.

35. Museum of Craft and Design

Museum of Craft and Design

3 km
from city center
35 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The Museum of Craft and Design, famously known as the MAD, is another prized possession of San Francisco. The museum was envisioned by Aileen Osborn Webb, an American Art patron and philanthropist, who is credited for founding The American Craft Council. Established in 1956, the museum was created in an attempt of acceding and upholding the artists, designers and artisans from the contemporary and alternative art and design arena.

36. Museo Italo Americano

Museo Italo Americano

4 km
from city center
36 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

America’s sole honorary museum structure towards Italian culture resulted in the establishment of the small yet splendid Museo Italo Americano in 1978. Originally based in the Italian suburb of San Francisco, North Beach, the museum was finally transferred to the Fort Mason Centre located in the Marina Boulevard of Buchanan Street. The museum is integral in preserving Italian art and culture and serves as a community centre for Italian-Americans.

37. Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores

1 km
from city center
37 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Originally named as Mission San Francisco de Asís, Mission Dolores is a historical spot, located on the 320 Dolores Street of San Francisco, known for withstanding the ravages of time and its antiquity. A creation of the Spanish missionary, Mission Dolores, was established under the Franciscan Order in 1776 with the aim of spreading Christianity amidst the Native Americans community of Costanoans.

38. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

3 km
from city center
38 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Formed in 1977, the Mission Cultural center for Latino Arts was the result of the endeavors by the students of the San Francisco State University students, determined to eradicate the lack of cultural representation for the Latino community. The museum focuses on preserving, exploring and showcasing the cultural and creative traditions of the Latino, Mexican and Caribbean community, thus reflecting their unique experiences.

39. The Mexican Museum, San Francisco

The Mexican Museum, San Francisco

2 km
from city center
39 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

A Mexican-American artist called Peter Rodriguez, initiated the foundation of The Mexican Museum in 1975. Formerly based in the Mission District, it was later transferred to the Fort Mason Centre and is currently in the process of founding yet another home at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Cultural District. The museum, formerly known as El Museo Mexicano, is a celebration of the Mexican art and culture, which also creates a safe space for fostering and acknowledging the Mexican-American artists. The museum has a diverse collection of Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Latino, Mexican, and Chicano art along with contemporary multi-faceted art, modern Mexican art, surrealistic paintings and visual arts.

40. The LAB

The LAB

5 km
from city center
40 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

A creative hub for experimental and alternative artists and performers, The LAB, self-describes it as an interdisciplinary organization, which first came into existence in 1984 in Lower Pacific Heights. Later in 1995, it was transferred to the Redstone Building of the 2940 16th Mission Street. In 2013, Dena Beard took over as the Director of the LAB who exclaims that she re-envisioned the place as subversion from the normative administrative structures, which fundamentally runs on the “principle of refusal”.

41. International Art Museum of America

International Art Museum of America

1 km
from city center
41 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

International Art Museum of America, a non-profit art museum established by a Buddhist artist H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, is a one of its kind genius in the San Franciscan art sphere. Located on the 1023 Central Market Street, the art museum first came into existence in 2011, with an aim of creating an opulent cultural and artistic domain which would also provide spiritual growth. IAMA brims with an outstanding architecture, excellently envisioned by the architect Weiya Noble, and catches great attention with its grand entrance which includes a garden, pond, waterfall, rock formations with a selection of green hedges and flowers all under a pagoda-roofed pavilion.

42. Haas–Lilienthal House

Haas–Lilienthal House

2 km
from city center
42 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Haas–Lilienthal House is undoubtedly the daintiest landmark of San Francisco. Built in 1886 on 2007 Franklin Street of Pacific Heights, this magnificent house exemplifies Victorian royalty. It was designed as a private residence for William and Bertha Haas, the wealthy business moguls of San Francisco, who originally belonged to Bavarian Jewish community. The grandeur house built in the Queen Anne architectural style was dextrously planned by Jewish architect Peter Schmidt.

43. Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site

7 km
from city center
43 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

A historical and architectural landmark, a field trip spot and a bygone military vantage point, Fort Point National Historic Site, situated right below the southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge has all the highlights under its sleeves. Originally erected to protect the harbor during the American Civil War, the fort was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861.

44. Aqua Adventure Waterpark

Aqua Adventure Waterpark

48 km
from city center
44 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

The adventure park, which is situated at the ‘East Bay’ City of Fremont, CA, is among the top places to visit in San Francisco. Aqua Adventure Waterpark is a terrific choice to spend a weekend with your family, providing numerous water slides and wider pools, interesting water activities and great, delicious food. The Park has activities that cater to all age groups, with 3.5 - 4 feet pools and others that are specifically designed for children belonging to the 3 to 8 years of age group. The park remains open every day in the months of June, July and August and only on weekends in the months of May and September.

45. South Bay Shores Waterpark, Santa Clara

South Bay Shores Waterpark, Santa Clara

57 km
from city center
45 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Boomerang Bay Waterpark, also known as South Bay Shores Waterpark, is a waterpark adjacent to the premium Great America Amusement Park. Located in Santa Clara, this is a great place to spend a fun-filled weekend with your family or friends. The huge wave pool, lazy river and splash area for kids are some of the favourites among the visitors.

46. California's Great America

California's Great America

57 km
from city center
46 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

California’s Great America Amusement Park is one of the topmost and premium places to visit in Northern California. It is located in Santa Clara and is a combination of theme and water park offering more than 100 acres of world-class entertainment. It offers a wide range of exciting rides for both, kids and adults. Some of them being Delirium, Orbit, Drop Tower, Tiki Twirl and Xtreme Skyflyer.

47. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, San Jose

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, San Jose

70 km
from city center
47 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is one of the top 10 places to visit in San Jose. It is a great place for a perfect weekend getaway with your family, with a combination of amusement rides, a puppet theatre, play areas for children and a zoo that accommodates over 150 animals. Along with loving the vibrant jungle-like atmosphere, visitors also stroll the park to see various animals from endangered lemurs to miniature horses, jaguars, meerkats and goats.

48. Pixieland Amusement Park, Concord

Pixieland Amusement Park, Concord

42 km
from city center
48 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

It is a small-sized amusement park but guarantees huge amounts of fun. Pixieland Amusement Park is a great place for your little ones. Also known to be a smaller version of a Fairyland, this amusement park, located in Concord, California has a bunch of rides and a play area for kids. The rides are not too intimidating and can be enjoyed by parents and their children, both. The surroundings are beautiful and the staff is really helpful, which also makes this a great spot for holding picnics with friends and family.

49. Raging Waters, San Jose

Raging Waters, San Jose

72 km
from city center
49 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

From thrilling water rides to great food, this waterpark is where you can experience your perfect weekend getaway. Raging Waters is said to be Northern California’s largest waterpark and was founded in 1985. Featuring 23-acres of water rides, large endless rivers, river rafting and the infamous 350,000-gallons Wave Pool, this is a great place to host family gatherings, picnics, corporate get-togethers or parties.

50. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

97 km
from city center
50 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

A day spent on a wide beach and a vibrant boardwalk with a bunch of rides, games and music is why this place is one of the favourites among locals and tourists. The best thing about this place is that it is alongside a beach, those who might not want to experience the thrilling rides, can also sit by the coastline of the Atlantic ocean and enjoy the view.

51. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo

43 km
from city center
51 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is in California and America’s only combination of a theme park, oceanarium and wildlife park. Covering over 135-acres of land and sea area, this place is also called the Thrill Capital of Northern California. It offers more than 40 rides for kids and adults along with a tour of the animal kingdom.

52. Six Flags Hurricane Harbour, Concord

Six Flags Hurricane Harbour, Concord

39 km
from city center
52 out of 208
places to visit in San Francisco

Six Flags Hurricane Harbour is among the best waterparks in the state of California. It has about 35 water-rides and 7 complexes. Guests can hop in the gigantic wave pool and flow on the longest lazy river in the region. Along with many 600 ft high water slides for adults, there is a whole Water Kingdom for the kids to enjoy, splash and play.

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