Golden Gate Park – This park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is truly a playground for all ages. In addition to the California Academy of Sciences which is home to an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, you can enjoy the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Herschell-Spillman Carousel. Throughout the park you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails and monuments. Plus, there are an array of cultural venues, events and sports activities.
PIER 39 – Located along the historic San Francisco waterfront known as Fisherman’s Wharf, PIER 39 offers a bounty for your senses. This location affords spectacular views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the impressive city skyline. You’ll marvel at the sea lions that have made the pier their home. Indulge your senses with the famous clam chowder and sourdough bread. From shopping and dining to entertainment and attractions, PIER 39 has it all.
The Cable Car Museum – The first cable car went into service on Clay Street in 1873. Located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. From downstairs you can view the large sheaves and cable line entering the building under the street. In addition to housing three antique cable cars from the 1870s, one of which is the only surviving car from the first cable car company, on display are historic photographs and the mechanical devices needed to operate the system.
The Presidio – What once a military post for over 200 years is now a natural park site and recreational wonderland replete with historic and architectural riches, amazing vistas, spectacular flora and fauna and a wealth of military accomplishments. The entire Presidio is designated as a National Historic Landmark with 470 of the 870 structures on the former post considered to have historical significance.
San Francisco Zoo & Gardens – Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species. In addition, the impressive gardens, abundant with native and foreign plants, are part of the conservation effort in place throughout the zoo. You’ll hear from the keepers and see the passion they have for the animals that will surely leave you with a lasting impression – one of caring, dedication and overall well-being for the animals.