At­trac­tions & Sights

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ALCATRAZ CRUISES— This is the only way to get to “The Rock,” the fa­mous for­mer fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary that housed some of the na­tion’s most no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nals from 1934-1963. Now one of San Fran­cisco’s most pop­u­lar vis­i­tor at­trac­tions, fer­ries de­part reg­u­larly for the is­land from Pier 33 start­ing at 8:45 am. The dy­namic 45-minute cell­house au­dio tour, of­fered in 11 lan­guages, fea­tures the voices of for­mer Alcatraz prison guards and in­mates who re­count es­cape at­tempts, prison riots and soli­tary con­fine­ment. The night tours in­clude a nar­rated boat ride around the is­land. Tours sell out quickly, so be sure to make reser­va­tions in ad­vance.­ca­ Pier 33, 415.981.7625. Map 1, D2

AQUAR­IUM OF THE BAY— Visit San Fran­cisco’s only water­front aquar­ium to get up close and per­sonal with the bay’s amaz­ing marine life. Walk through crystal-clear tun­nels of water filled with more than 20,000 aquatic an­i­mals, in­clud­ing se­v­engill sharks, the bay’s largest preda­tors. You can touch leop­ard sharks, rays and sea stars. Daily events in­clude an­i­mal feed­ings and nat­u­ral­ist pre­sen­ta­tions. Don’t miss the per­ma­nent river ot­ter ex­hibit, where you can watch ot­ters play­ing, swim­ming and eat­ing. www.aquar­i­u­mofthe­ Pier 39, 415.623.5300. Map 1, C1

BAKER BEACH— This mile-long beach lies at the base of the rugged cliffs west of the Golden Gate. No swim­ming here, but bring your cam­era

for great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Head­lands and Lands End. www.park­con­ser­ 415.561.4323. Map 2, D2

THE BAY LIGHTS— This shim­mer­ing art in­stal­la­tion of 25,000 LED lights de­signed by artist Leo Vil­lareal sets the Bay Bridge aglow. the­bay­

COIT TOWER— Upon her death in 1929, so­cialite and art pa­tron Lil­lie Hitch­cock Coit be­queathed funds for the “beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the city.” Her heirs used the money to build Coit Tower on Tele­graph Hill. Com­pleted in 1933, the fluted col­umn pro­vides bird’s-eye views from an ob­ser­va­tion deck near the top. Lo­cal artists com­mis­sioned by the Works Progress Ad­min­is­tra­tion (a New Deal agency em­ploy­ing mil­lions of un­skilled work­ers to carry out pub­lic works projects) painted the mu­rals in­side in 1934. Ad­mis­sion to the ground-floor gift shop and mu­rals is free. Open daily 10 am- 6:30 pm. Guided mu­ral tours 11 am Sa. 1 Tele­graph Hill Blvd., 415.249.0995. Map 1, D3

CONSERVATORY OF FLOW­ERS— The botan­i­cal won­der­land in Golden Gate Park is the old­est wood and glass conservatory in North Amer­ica. The strik­ing white ex­te­rior is as eye-catch­ing as the in­side, which houses nearly 2,000 plant species in five gal­leries. Closed M. www.con­ser­va­to­ry­of­flow­ 100 JFK Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.831.2090. Map 2, F5 CRISSY FIELD— A na­tion­ally pro­tected for­mer U.S. Army air­field, this strik­ingly scenic water­front re­cre­ation area is now a fa­vorite among ac­tive lo­cals and vis­i­tors. A wide (stroller and wheel­chair-friendly) trail be­tween Ma­rina Green and Fort Point is per­fect for an easy walk, jog or bike ride. Of­fer­ing un­par­al­leled views of the Golden Gate Bridge in one di­rec­tion and the city in the other, the shore­line is home to sandy beaches, pic­nic ta­bles, tidal marsh over­looks and a na­tion­ally renowned wind­surf­ing site, as well as cafes, book­stores and an environmental ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. www.parkscon­ser­ 415.561.7690. Map 2, E2-G2

FISH­ER­MAN’S WHARF— You’ll find crab stands along the side­walks, seafood restau­rants and a bevy of sou­venir shops in the his­toric heart of the city’s fish­ing in­dus­try. Sev­eral bay char­ter boats de­part from the piers. Nearby is the bustling food and shop­ping cen­ter Ghi­rardelli Square, scenic Aquatic Park and his­toric Hyde Street Pier. www.vis­it­fish­er­man­ 415.673.3530. Map 1, B1

FORT POINT— This pow­er­ful fort guarded the Golden Gate Bridge en­trance for al­most half a cen­tury un­til its orig­i­nal can­nons were re­moved. Vis­i­tors can ex­plore its brick case­mates, grand arches and spi­ral stairs and even par­tic­i­pate in a can­non drill. Long Ave. and Marine Dr., Bldg. 999, 415.556.1693. Map 2, E1

GHI­RARDELLI SQUARE— The ren­o­vated for­mer choco­late fac­tory site is now home to bou­tiques, restau­rants and the orig­i­nal Ghi­rardelli Ice Cream and Choco­late Shop. Find gifts and sou­venirs at Lola Toy Shop, Gigi + Rose, Jack­son & Polk and El­iz­a­beth W then sit down for a meal at McCormick & Kuleto’s, Lori’s Diner or The Pub. www.ghi­rardel­ 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500. Map 1, A2

GOLDEN GATE PARK— Big­ger than New York’s Cen­tral Park and en­com­pass­ing over 75,000 trees, this hor­ti­cul­tur­ally di­verse ur­ban oa­sis is home to count­less at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the de Young Mu­seum; Cal­i­for­nia Academy of Sci­ences; Ja­panese Tea Gar­den; Botan­i­cal Gar­dens; Stow Lake; Conservatory of Flow­ers; Gar­den of Shake­speare’s Flow­ers; two his­toric wind­mills; a bi­son pad­dock; and a rose gar­den. It’s also the city’s recre­ational head­quar­ters, fea­tur­ing polo, base­ball and soc­cer fields; a nine-hole golf course; an 18-hole disc golf course; tennis, hand­ball and bas­ket­ball courts; an archery field; horseshoe pits; lawn bowl­ing; fly-fish­ing; a run­ning track; and more. Come here and join the city’s run­ners, cy­clists, hik­ers, skaters, yo­gis, pic­nick­ers and swing dancers. www.parks.sf­ Pick up a park map at McLaren Lodge at the east park en­trance at Stanyan St. and JFK Dr., 415.831.2700. Map 2, A5-F5

GRACE CATHE­DRAL— A fa­mous San Fran­cisco land­mark, this cathe­dral in­spired by the ar­chi­tec­ture of Paris’ Notre Dame serves as a di­verse gath­er­ing place for wor­ship, cel­e­bra­tion and con­ver­sa­tion. It is known for its strik­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, stained glass, De Rosen mo­saics and replica of Ghib­erti’s “Gates of Paradise.” It’s also home to an In­ter­faith AIDS Chapel, well-at­tended free com­mu­nity yoga classes on the labyrinth and three choirs, in­clud­ing one of the last Epis­co­pal men and boys cathe­dral choirs. Guided tours avail­able. www.grace­cathe­ 1100 Cal­i­for­nia St., 415.749.6300. Map 1, B5

JA­PANESE TEA GAR­DEN— Take a slow stroll among bon­sai trees and koi fish in the old­est pub­lic Ja­panese gar­den in the United States. Orig­i­nally built as the Ja­panese Vil­lage for the 1894 Cal­i­for­nia Mid­win­ter In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tion, the Ja­panese Tea Gar­den boasts tra­di­tional mon­u­ments, bowed bridges, na­tive Ja­panese plants and trees, serene ponds and some of the best photo opps in the city. Con­clude your visit with a cup of tea or snack at the tea­house. www.japane­setea­gar­ 75 Hagi­wara Tea Gar­den Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.752.1171. Map 2, E5

JA­PAN­TOWN CEN­TER— The fo­cal point of San Fran­cisco’s Ja­panese neigh­bor­hood (the old­est and largest such en­clave in the coun­try, founded in 1906 and en­com­pass­ing six square blocks) stands near the fa­mous Peace Pagoda in Peace Plaza. It con­tains Ja­panese su­per­mar­kets and shops sell­ing books, anime and gifts as well as restau­rants, sushi bars, gal­leries and night spots. Kabuki Springs & Spa, a tra­di­tional Ja­panese bath­house, is also lo­cated here. www.sf­japan­ Post and Buchanan streets, 415.922.6776. Map 2, H4

LOM­BARD STREET— Eight hair­pin switch­backs and the down­ward pitch of the so-called “crookedest street in the world” have made this block a must-drive for vis­i­tors. The quar­ter-mile down­hill stretch is lined with gor­geous gar­dens and bar­ri­ers to en­sure that driv­ers main­tain a speed of five miles per hour. Those who sim­ply walk to the top of the hill are re­warded with sweep­ing views of Rus­sian Hill and Coit Tower. Lom­bard and Hyde streets. Map 1, B3

MACONDRAY LANE— This small pedes­trian lane south­east of Rus­sian Hill is a quin­tes­sen­tial hid­den gar­den. It be­gins with a fairy-tale wooden trel­lis, con­tin­ues with a quiet cob­bled lane lined with Ed­war­dian cot­tages and trees and ends with wooden stairs lead­ing to Tay­lor Street with mag­nif­i­cent bay views. Two blocks east-west be­tween Leav­en­worth and Tay­lor streets, par­al­lel­ing Union and Green streets. At the Tay­lor Street end, a set of steps de­scend from the lane to Tay­lor Street. Views from the lane ex­tend north­ward to Alcatraz Is­land and the San Fran­cisco Bay. Map 2, I2

MADAME TUSSAUDS SAN FRAN­CISCO— At the Fish­er­man’s Wharf lo­ca­tion of this Lon­don-based chain of wax mu­se­ums, about one third of the fig­ures de­pict Bay Area lo­cals, in­clud­ing a bare­foot, cross­legged Mark Zucker­berg. It also fea­tures scenes from “Bul­litt” and “Dirty Harry” and sculp­tures of Ge­orge Clooney, Ri­hanna and Barack Obama. Each fig­ure takes about four months to make. www.madame­tus­­fran­cisco. 145 Jef­fer­son St., 866.223.4240. Map 1, C2

MA­RINA GREEN— The Ma­rina Green is a beau­ti­ful 74-acre ex­panse of grass be­tween Fort Ma­son and the Pre­sidio, sur­rounded by the his­toric man­sions of the Ma­rina neigh­bor­hood. Run­ning along the San Fran­cisco Bay, it pro­vides good views of the Golden Gate Bridge, An­gel Is­land, Alcatraz Is­land, down­town and parts of Marin County. The ad­ja­cent ma­rina is home to the St. Fran­cis Yacht Club and the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Map 2, H2

METREON— The four-story en­ter­tain­ment and shop­ping cen­ter is home to stores, restau­rants and at­trac­tions, plus a 15-screen movie com­plex. The Loews IMAX The­ater boasts the largest 3-D screen in the world.

MIS­SION DOLORES— Com­pleted in 1791, Mis­sion Dolores is the old­est in­tact build­ing in San Fran­cisco, the city’s first church and the sixth of 21 mis­sions built along the El Camino Real from Mexico to Sonoma. Visit to learn about the mis­sion’s unique his­toric, re­li­gious and ar­chi­tec­tural sig­nif­i­cance and en­joy its tran­quil gar­den. www.mis­sion­do­ 3321 16th St., 415.621.8203. Map 2, H6

NA­TIONAL AIDS ME­MO­RIAL GROVE— Deep within Golden Gate Park, the Na­tional Aids Me­mo­rial Grove pays quiet trib­ute to the mil­lions of peo­ple who lost their lives to AIDS. The first me­mo­rial of its kind in the United States, the Grove stands as a con­stant re­minder of how this dis­ease dev­as­tated the San Fran­cisco com­mu­nity and why the strug­gle against AIDS must con­tinue to­day. www.aidsmemo­ Golden Gate Park, Nancy Pelosi Dr. & Bowl­ing Green Dr., 415.765.0498. Map 2, F5

OCEAN BEACH— The widest and long­est ex­panse of sand on San Fran­cisco’s shores, this beach ex­tend­ing from the Cliff House to Fort Fun­ston along the Pa­cific Ocean is a des­ti­na­tion for sea­side drives, jogs, sun­set walks and bon­fires. Of­ten windy and foggy, the no­to­ri­ous cur­rents at­tract se­ri­ous surfers who brave the frigid wa­ters. www.parkscon­ser­ Map 2, A5

PAINTED LADIES— This row of seven per­fectly pas­tel, or­nate Vic­to­rian homes from the 1890s (made fa­mous by the open­ing cred­its of the sit­com “Full House”) lines the eastern side of Alamo Square park. Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian-style houses are among San Fran­cisco’s most rec­og­niz­able ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. From the top of the park, you’ll be treated to a view of the Painted Ladies in the fore­ground of down­town San Fran­cisco that’s pop­u­lar with pho­tog­ra­phers. This lit­tle stretch of homes is of­ten also called Post­card Row. 710-720 Steiner St. Map 2, H5

PALACE OF FINE ARTS— Orig­i­nally de­signed for the 1915 Panama Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tion, this domed ro­tunda is all that re­mains from eight iden­ti­cal struc­tures built to show the world that San Fran­cisco had risen from the ashes af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing 1906 earth­quake. The world’s fair hon­ored the com­ple­tion of the Panama Canal, and the construction of the Palace of Fine Arts turned the di­lap­i­dated Ma­rina Dis­trict into an ex­hibit of ar­chi­tec­tural beauty. Fea­tur­ing a la­goon with swans, to­day this is a pop­u­lar spot to stroll and take pho­tos. www.palace­offin­ 3301 Lyon St., 415.567.6642. Map 2, G2

PIER 39— This fam­ily-friendly shop­ping, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion near Fish­er­man’s Wharf fea­tures more than 90 spe­cialty shops and 14 restau­rants serv­ing seafood and ca­sual fare with beau­ti­ful bay views, in­clud­ing Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Fish­er­man’s Wharf and city sky­line. Learn about sea life in the Aquar­ium of the Bay and don’t miss the sea lions who laze on the west docks and the ad­ja­cent Sea Lion Cen­ter. 415.981.7437. Map 1, C1 PRECITA EYES MU­RAL ARTS & VIS­I­TORS CEN­TER— Precita Eyes is the start­ing point for tours en­com­pass­ing more than 80 mu­rals in an eight-block walk in the Mis­sion Dis­trict. The cen­ter is a mul­ti­pur­pose, com­mu­nity-based arts or­ga­ni­za­tion that has played an in­te­gral role in the city’s cultural her­itage and arts ed­u­ca­tion. 2981 24th St., 415.285.2287. Map 2, J7

THE PRE­SIDIO— A patch­work of eu­ca­lyp­tus groves, fresh­wa­ter creeks, wild­flower-splashed sand dunes and coastal prairie cov­ers the Pre­sidio, a his­toric for­mer mil­i­tary post and modern-day na­tional park in the north­west cor­ner of the city. Ex­plor­ing the 1,491-acre play­ground starts with 24 miles of trails and eight scenic over­looks with post­card-wor­thy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran­cisco Bay. Three in­stal­la­tions by na­ture artist Andy Goldswor­thy grace the park, in­spired by 300 acres of pine, cy­press and eu­ca­lyp­tus trees planted there in the late 1800s. The Pre­sidio also draws out­door en­thu­si­asts with gems such as Baker Beach,

Pre­sidio Golf Course and Rob Hill Camp­ground. Perched atop the park’s high­est point, the lat­ter is San Fran­cisco’s only overnight camp­site. www. pre­ Ac­cessed via Wash­ing­ton Blvd., 15th Ave., 25th Ave., Ar­guello Blvd., Pre­sidio Ave. and Chest­nut St. Map 2, E2

PRE­SIDIO OF­FI­CERS’ CLUB— San Fran­cisco’s old­est build­ing (Span­ish colonists built its adobe walls in 1776) and the crown jewel of the Pre­sidio re­opened fall 2014 af­ter a $30 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion. The 38,895-square foot cultural des­ti­na­tion is home to per­ma­nent and ro­tat­ing ex­hibits, the most note­wor­thy of which is the Her­itage Gallery, which fea­tures multi-me­dia dis­plays on the area’s his­tory, much of which has been dis­cov­ered by lo­cal arche­ol­o­gists who staff an ac­tive re­search cen­ter for Pre­sidio ar­ti­facts. The build­ing is also home to Ar­guello, a new Mex­i­can restau­rant from ac­claimed chef Traci Des Jardins. In­side are orig­i­nal pen­dants and wall sconces as well as a bar made from the re­claimed wood of a de­mol­ished Pre­sidio build­ing. Ad­ja­cent to the restau­rant is the lat­est sculp­ture from na­ture artist Andy Goldswor­thy, which in­cor­po­rates lo­cal eu­ca­lyp­tus trees. www.pre­ 50 Mor­aga Ave., 415.561.4440. Map 2, F2

RIPLEY’S BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT! MU­SEUM— This re­mod­eled mu­seum houses more than 400 mind-bog­gling and bizarre ex­hibits from around the world. Seventy in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays ap­peal to peo­ple of all ages. The ODDi­to­rium in­cludes a Marvelous Mir­ror Maze and a Ripley’s Toy and Candy Fac­tory.­ 175 Jef­fer­son St., 415.202.9850. Map 1, C2

SAN FRAN­CISCO BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN— This in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ur­ban oa­sis and self­de­scribed out­door class­room in­cludes 55 acres of gar­dens dis­play­ing more than 8,000 dif­fer­ent kinds of plants, plus a li­brary, book­store, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and guided walks. The Bay Area’s mild tem­per­a­tures, wet win­ters and dry sum­mers, cou­pled with San Fran­cisco’s fa­mous coastal fog, pro­vide this gar­den with a rare and ad­van­ta­geous range of cli­matic con­di­tions that al­low it to grow and con­serve plants from all over the world, in­clud­ing plants from high el­e­va­tion trop­i­cal cloud forests and plants that are no longer found in their na­tive habi­tats. www.sf­b­otan­i­cal­gar­ 1119 9th Ave., 415.661.1316. Map 2, D5

THE SAN FRAN­CISCO DUN­GEON— This the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence retells the city’s dark and sor­did Bar­bary Coast and Gold Rush era his­tory through a cast of ac­tors and spe­cial ef­fects and a drop ride called Es­cape Alcatraz. This is the first such at­trac­tion in the United States, although seven Euro­pean cities al­ready have their own. san­fran­cisco.the­dun­­cisco/home/. 145 Jef­fer­son St., 415.563.8891. Map 1, C2


PARK— The his­toric park of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties to tour sev­eral his­toric ships, in­clud­ing the metic­u­lously re­stored square-rig­ger “Bal­clutha” (open daily 9:30 am- 6 pm; $5 adults, chil­dren un­der 16 free). The vis­i­tors cen­ter in the nearby Arg­onaut Ho­tel (499 Jef­fer­son St.) fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits. Join the free pi­rate party called Chantey Sing at 8 pm on the first Satur­day of each month. www.nps. gov/safr. Hyde St. Pier, 415.447.5000. Map 1, B2

SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN— Of the 2,710 Lib­erty ships built dur­ing World War II, this is the only un­al­tered, his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate Lib­erty ship re­main­ing. Af­ter sup­port­ing the D-Day in­va­sions of 1944, the ship is now an in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum moored at Pier 45.

You can ex­plore just about ev­ery deck and room, from the cargo bay to the cap­tain’s quar­ters and en­gine room. This 441-foot ship’s in­te­ri­ors and sounds were also in­te­gral to James Cameron’s cap­ture of three Academy Awards for his movie “Ti­tanic.” Guided tours are avail­able for groups of 10 or more; self-guided tours are of­fered to smaller groups.­jeremi­a­ho­ Pier 45, 415.544.0100. Map 1, B1

STOW LAKE— One of the gems of Golden Gate Park, this serene, man-made lake has pro­vided an es­cape from city liv­ing since 1893. Rent a row­boat, pedal boat or elec­tric boat and gen­tly cruise un­der the many bridges and visit the wa­ter­fall. This is a scenic and re­lax­ing re­treat for cou­ples and fam­i­lies alike. www.stowlake­ 50 Stow Lake Dr., 415.386.2531. Map 2, D5

THE HAAS- LILIENTHAL HOUSE— San Fran­cisco’s only 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. Tours $8. www.sfher­ 2007 Franklin St., 415.441.3000. Map 1, A4

THE WOMEN’S BUILD­ING MU­RAL— This spec­tac­u­lar mu­ral is a cul­mi­na­tion of a multi-cultural, multi­gen­er­a­tion col­lab­o­ra­tion of seven women artists. The mu­ral was painted in 1994 and its themes in­clude the heal­ing power of women’s wis­dom over time and the con­tri­bu­tions of women through­out his­tory. www.wom­ens­build­ 3543 18th St. #8, 415.431.1180. Map 2, I6

TRANSAMER­ICA PYRA­MID— When plans for the new Transamer­ica Cor­po­ra­tion’s head­quar­ters in down­town San Fran­cisco were un­veiled in 1968, there was pub­lic out­cry. Many crit­ics claimed that an obelisk-shaped sky­scraper didn’t be­long in their city. The iconic pyra­mid is now a source of great city pride and in­cludes 500,000 square feet of of­fice space. www.thep­yra­mid­cen­ 600 Mont­gomery St., 415.983.5420. Map 1, D4

TRANSAMER­ICA VIS­I­TORS CEN­TER— Open­ing its doors to the pub­lic in 2013 for the first time in more than a decade, the famed Transamer­ica Pyra­mid op­er­ates a vis­i­tor cen­ter and gift shop. The lo­ca­tion fea­tures his­toric dis­plays and videos about the build­ing, from its con­tro­ver­sial be­gin­nings to its now iconic sta­tus as one of the most rec­og­niz­able build­ings in the world. Open M-F, 10 am-3 pm. www.transamer­i­capyra­mid­cen­ 600 Mont­gomery St., 415.500.6637. Map 1, E4

UR­BAN PUTT— Lo­cated in the Mis­sion Dis­trict, Ur­ban Putt is San Fran­cisco’s first and only mi­na­ture golf course. A team of lo­cal de­sign­ers, ro­bot­ics en­girneers, welders and artists de­signed the in­door, 14hole course, which fea­tures imag­i­na­tive hand­made mar­vels and in­ter­ac­tive, ki­netic scult­pures in­spired by San Fran­cisco’s land­marks and ar­chi­tec­ture. Two bars pour drafts from from lo­cal brew­eries, wines and cock­tails which are served in cus­tomde­signed “adult sippy cups” so that play­ers can drink on the green. Af­ter your game, grab a bite at the up­stairs restau­rant serv­ing Cal­i­for­nia com­fort food with or­ganic and lo­cally sourced igre­di­ents. www.ur­ban­ 1096 South Van Ness Ave., 415.341.1080. Map 2, I7

WELLS FARGO HIS­TORY MU­SEUM— This small mu­seum (ap­pro­pri­ately) lo­cated in the heart of the city’s bustling Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict is built on the site where Wells Fargo first opened for busi­ness in 1852 and fea­tures a Con­cord Coach used in the 1860s as well

as an im­pres­sive dis­play of gold dust and ore from Cal­i­for­nia’s Gold Coun­try. www.wells­far­go­his­ 420 Mont­gomery St., 415.396.2619. Map 2, J3

THE YARD AT MIS­SION ROCK— Built from re­pur­posed ship­ping con­tain­ers in Park­ing Lot A of the Giants’ AT&T Park, the Yard pro­vides a unique take on the food court. This com­mu­nal gath­er­ing spot houses pop-up stores and restau­rants, with live mu­sic, events and happy hours on week­ends. Open seven days a week, the Yard is a great space for meet­ing up with friends for a quick drink or bite to eat. www.the­ 100 Terry A Fran­cois Blvd., Map 2, K5

YERBA BUENA GAR­DENS— The large com­plex next to Moscone Cen­ter has much to of­fer in the way of the­ater, restau­rants, pub­lic art and for­mal gar­dens. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an ice rink, a 12-lane bowl­ing al­ley and a his­toric carousel. Nearby mu­se­ums in­clude the Con­tem­po­rary Jewish Mu­seum, SFMOMA, the Mu­seum of the African Di­as­pora, the Car­toon Art Mu­seum and the Chil­dren’s Cre­ativ­ity Mu­seum, an in­ter­ac­tive art and tech­nol­ogy cen­ter. The Yerba Buena Cen­ter for the Arts of­fers vis­ual, per­form­ing and film arts, plus ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams. www.yerbabue­na­gar­ 750 Howard St., 415.978.2787. Map 1, D6

THE SAN FRAN­CISCO ZOO— A vast ar­ray of wildlife awaits at this fa­cil­ity near the far edge of Ocean Beach. The at­trac­tions in­clude a chil­dren’s pet­ting zoo and a lemur for­est. www.sf­ Sloat Blvd. at Great Hwy., 415.753.7080. Map 2, B9

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