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Attraction­s & Sights

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 tunnels of water filled with 20,000 aquatic animals. Pier 39, 415.623.5300. www. aquariumof­thebay.org

COIT TOWER

Lillie Hitchcock Coit bequeathed funds for the “beautifica­tion of the city.” Her heirs used the money to build Coit Tower. 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., 415.249.0995. www. sfrecpark.org/destinatio­n/ telegraph- hill- pioneer- park/ coit-tower

CONSERVATO­RY OF FLOWERS

This botanical wonderland in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood and glass conservato­ry in North America. The inside houses nearly 2,000 plant species. 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, 415.831.2090. www. conservato­ryofflower­s.org

CRISSY FIELD

This waterfront recreation area is a favorite among active locals and visitors. See views of the Golden Gate Bridge, find picnic tables and more. Located in the Presidio, along Mason Street. Warming Hut: 415.561.3040. www.parksconse­rvancy.org/ parks/crissy-field

FISHERMAN’S WHARF You’ll find crab stands along the sidewalks, seafood restaurant­s and shops in the historic heart of the city’s fishing industry. Pier 43, 415.673.3530. www. visitfishe­rmanswharf.com

FORT MASON

This nonprofit sits on the site of the former embarkatio­n point for soldiers going to war in the Pacific. Now the 13- acre campus is home to theaters, galleries and museums.

2 Marina Blvd., 415.345.7500. www.fortmason.org

GHIRARDELL­I SQUARE The former chocolate factory site is home to boutiques, restaurant­s and the Ghirardell­i Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. 900 North Point St., 415.775.5500. www.ghirardell­isq.com

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge defines the city. A stroll down the east side offers views of the city and the bay. Lincoln Blvd. and Armistead Road in the Presidio. Welcome Center: 415.426.5220. www. goldengate­bridge.org

GOLDEN GATE PARK

This park is home to the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservato­ry of Flowers, with soccer fields, a golf course, tennis courts and more. Pick up a park map at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St., 415.831.2700. www.goldengate­park.com

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. 1100 California St., 415.749.6300. www.gracecathe­dral.org

IMMIGRANT POINT Dedicated to all those who came to San Francisco in search of a better life, Immigrant Point is located in the Presidio and offers stunning vistas. Washington Blvd., near the Rob Hill Campground. 415.561.4323. www. presidio.gov/places/ immigrant- point- overlook

INSPIRATIO­N POINT

Hike through pines and eucalyptus trees in the Presidio to Inspiratio­n Point, which offers views of Angel Island and Alcatraz on a clear day.

On Arguello Blvd., just north of the Presidio Cafe. www. presidio.gov/places/ inspiratio­n- point- overlook

JAPANESE TEA GARDEN Take a slow stroll among bonsai trees and koi fish in the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. The garden boasts monuments, bridges, native Japanese plants, ponds and a teahouse. 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. www. japanese teagardens­f.com

LANDS END

Known for its shipwrecks and landslides, this is San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast. The crown jewel is the scenic Coastal Trail, with views of the Pacific coast and Golden Gate Bridge. Visitor Center: 680 Point Lobos Ave., 415.426.5240. www.parksconse­rvancy.org/ visit/park- sites/ lands- end. html

LOMBARD STREET

This famous San Francisco landmark has eight hairpin switchback­s on a downward pitch making it the so- called “crookedest street in the world.” Lombard and Hyde streets.

MACONDRAY LANE

This small pedestrian lane is a hidden garden. It begins with a fairy-tale wooden trellis, continues with a cobbled lane lined with cottages and trees and ends with stairs leading to Taylor Street and bay views. Between Taylor and Jones streets, parallel to Union St.

MADAME TUSSAUDS SAN FRANCISCO

This famous chain of wax museums is filled with celebritie­s. You can now get up close and personal with the figures—no more ropes—and snap a pic with your favorite celebrity.

145 Jefferson St. www. madame tussauds.com/sanfrancis­co

MARINA GREEN

This is a 74- acre expanse of grass between Fort Mason and the Presidio. It is home to the famous Wave Organ and close

to the Palace of Fine Arts and the Explorator­ium.

Marina Blvd., 415.831.2700. www. sfrecpark.org/reservable facility/ marina- green

MISSION DOLORES Completed in 1791, Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in San Francisco and was the city’s first church. 3321 16th St., 415.621.8203. www. missiondol­ores.org

ORACLE PARK

The Stadium features a ninefoot tall statue of America’s greatest living ballplayer, Willie Mays, an 80-foot Coca- Cola bottle with playground slides and diverse dining options. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2000. www. mlb.com/giants/ ballpark

PAINTED LADIES

This row of seven pastel Victorian homes (made famous by the opening credits of “Full House”) lines the eastern side of Alamo Square park and is often called Postcard Row. 710-720 Steiner Street.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS This domed rotunda is all that remains from the 1915 Panama Pacific Internatio­nal Exposition. Today this is a popular spot to stroll, take photos or attend events at the theater. 3301 Lyon St., 415.563.6504. www. palaceoffi­nearts.org

PIER 39

This family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainm­ent destinatio­n near Fisherman’s Wharf features more than 50 shops and 14 restaurant­s with beautiful bay views, including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline. Beach Street and the Embarcader­o, 415.981.7437. www. pier39.com

THE PRESIDIO

Eucalyptus groves, freshwater creeks, sand dunes and coastal prairie cover the Presidio, a modern- day national park. Accessed via Washington Blvd., 15th Ave., 25th Ave., Arguello Blvd., Presidio Ave. and Chestnut St. Visitor center at 210 Lincoln Blvd., 415.561.4323. www.presidio.gov

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! MUSEUM

This museum houses more than 400 mind-boggling and bizarre exhibits. Interactiv­e displays appeal to people of all ages.

175 Jefferson St., 415.202.9850. www. ripleysf.com

SAN FRANCISCO BOTANICAL GARDEN

This internatio­nally recognized urban oasis includes 55 acres of gardens displaying almost 9,000 different kinds of plants, plus a library, bookstore, family activities and guided walks. 1119 9th Ave., 415.661.1316. www. sfbotanica­lgarden.org

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. Sloat Blvd. at Great Highway, 415.753.7080. www. sfzoo.org

TRANSAMERI­CA PYRAMID

Many critics claimed that an obelisk- shaped skyscraper didn’t belong in San Francisco. The iconic pyramid is now a source of great city pride. 600 Montgomery St., 415.829.5423. www.thepyramid­center.com

THE WOMEN’S BUILDING MURAL

This spectacula­r mural is a collaborat­ion between seven women artists. Its themes include the healing power of women’s wisdom and the contributi­ons of women.

3543 18th St., 415.431.1180. www.womensbuil­ding.org

YERBA BUENA GARDENS The Yerba Buena Gardens offer nine different types of gardens, a center for the arts, a carousel, an MLK memorial, an iceskating rink and bowling center, plus child care facilities. 750 Howard St., 415.820.3550. www.yerbabuena­gardens.com

Bay Area Attraction­s

ANGEL ISLAND

This small island just off the Tiburon Peninsula offers hiking

and biking trails, campsites, picnic facilities and spectacula­r views of the city. Purchase tickets from Blue and Gold Fleet or the Tiburon Ferry, 415.435.3972. www. angelislan­d.org

BAY AREA DISCOVERY MUSEUM This interactiv­e learning center lets children play outdoors, design and create hi-tech projects and build oversized structures. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 415.339.3900. www. bayareadis­coverymuse­um.org

JACK LONDON SQUARE Famed American author Jack London spent much of his boyhood on Oakland’s waterfront, now Jack London Square. Today, the district is home to dining, shopping and entertainm­ent options. Water St. and Broadway, Oakland, 510.645.9292. www. jack londonsqua­re.com

MOUNT TAMALPAIS STATE PARK

Marin County’s highest mountain (rising 2,500 feet at its peak) is ideal for hiking, cycling and horseback riding and offers breathtaki­ng views. Panoramic Highway, 415.388.2070. www. parks.ca.gov/?page_ id= 471

MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT This famous grove of virgin redwoods is full of 400- 800year- old trees that grow over 250 feet high, plus a plethora of other wildlife. Parking and shuttle reservatio­ns required. 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, 415.561.2850. Parking/ Shuttle Reservatio­ns: 800.410.2419. www.nps.gov/muwo

OAKLAND ZOO

The Oakland Zoo is home to more than 750 native and exotic animals and is recognized for their outstandin­g animal care, and their LEED- certified veterinary hospital. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510.632.9525. www.oaklandzoo.org

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BOTANICAL GARDEN

The 34- acre botanical garden at UC Berkeley exhibits over 10,000 types of plants. It features nine regions of plantings from Italy to South Africa, and California native plants.

200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 510.643.2755. botanical garden. berkeley.edu

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE

The Winchester Rif le heiress spent 38 years directing constructi­on of her 160-room home, full of stairs that lead to the ceiling, decor done in multiples of 13 and doors that open to nowhere. 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, 408.247.2000. www. winchester­mysteryhou­se.com

Museums

BEAT MUSEUM

Dedicated to the poetry and social movement that made San Francisco part of literary history, this museum showcases artifacts from Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghet­ti and others. 540 Broadway, 800.537.6822. Front Desk: 415.399.9626. www. kerouac.com

CABLE CAR MUSEUM Located in the historic Washington-Mason cable car depot and powerhouse, this museum houses a collection of historic cable cars, photograph­s and mechanical displays.

1201 Mason St., 415.474.1887. www.cablecarmu­seum.org

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY

OF SCIENCES

The academy is an internatio­nal center for scientific education and research and the only museum in the world to house an aquarium, planetariu­m and natural history museum under one ( living) roof. 55 Music Concourse Drive, 415.379.8000. www.calacademy.org

CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY MUSEUM This hands- on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids promotes 21st century skills. 221 4th St., 415.820.3320. www.creativity.org

EXPLORATOR­IUM

This educationa­l center offers an array of interactiv­e scientific exhibits and hands- on displays that stimulate the senses and mind. Pier 15, 415.528.4444. www.explorator­ium.edu

GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM Celebratin­g the San Francisco gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgende­r community through dynamic exhibition­s and programmin­g, this museum is the only one of its kind in the U. S. and the second in the world. 4127 18th St., 415.621.1107. www.glbthistor­y.org

MUSEE MECANIQUE

Come see one of the world’s largest privately- owned collection­s of coin- operated mechanical music boxes and antique arcade games in working condition. Free admission daily.

Pier 45 at Taylor St. on Fisherman’s Wharf, 415.346.2000. www. museemecan­iquesf.com

SAN FRANCISCO RAILWAY MUSEUM

This museum near the Ferry Building celebrates the history of San Francisco rail transit with historic artifacts, displays, archival photograph­y and more. 77 Steuart St., 415.974.1948. www. streetcar.org/museum

WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM

This museum tells the story of the man behind the Disney magic. The tale of Walt Disney comes to life in galleries with voice clips, home videos and family photograph­s.

104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio, 415.345.6800. www.waltdisney.org

Sports

BATTER’S BOX SF

This 2,000- square-foot facility in the Presidio packs softball and baseball batting cages, all equipped with HD simulation pitching machines.

933 Mason St., 707.412.8228. www.battersbox­sf.com

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

The Bay Area’s profession­al basketball team (and winners of six championsh­ip titles, most recently in 2018) has finally moved to their new home at the Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way. For tickets: 888.479.4667. www. nba.com/ warriors

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