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826 Valencia

Attractions, Shops

Local literary lion Dave Eggers opened this non-profit kids' writing centre in 2002, an essential destination for those travelling with young aspiring...

826 Valencia Street
FreeMajor venue

Alcatraz

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

'Alcatraz' is Spanish for pelican, but to its inmates it was simply known as 'the Rock'. The West Coast's first lighthouse was built here in 1854, but it...

Alcatraz Island
Major venue

Angel Island

Attractions

Blue & Gold runs a ferry service to Angel Island; times vary with the season, so check online or call ahead before setting out. Boats arrive at the Ayala...

Angel Island State Park

Aquarium of the Bay

Attractions

Clear, acrylic underwater tunnels give visitors a diver's-eye view of the Bay, while moving walkways take you through 300ft (91m) of water, past more than...

Pier 39

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Attractions, Museums

This hands-on museum, located just below the north ramp of the Golden Gate Bridge and boasting spectacular skyline views, offers a load of hands-on...

East Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road

Beach Chalet & Park Chalet

Critics' choice
Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

A perfect spot for sunset cocktails, the Beach Chalet, a historic Willis Polk-designed building on the coast, is home to a fine restaurant and brewpub. The...

1000 Great Highway

California Academy of Sciences

Attractions, Museums

How has life on earth evolved? How do we foster the respect needed to preserve and protect its future? These are the themes the California Academy of...

55 Concourse Drive

Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption

Attractions

Dominating the skyline, the exterior of this 1970 cathedral is stark, a flowing, sculptural structure (some say it resembles the blades of a washing...

1111 Gough Street
Free

Chabot Space & Science Center

Attractions, Museums

High in the Oakland Hills, the Chabot combines a superbly equipped, state-of-the-art planetarium with an observatory and film theatre; the latter runs 70mm...

10000 Skyline Boulevard

Children's Fairyland

Attractions

Legend has it that Walt Disney was so taken with this whimsical theme park when he saw it in 1950 that he decided to build his own. Kids can follow Alice...

699 Bellevue Avenue

Chinese Culture Center

Attractions

Linked to Portsmouth Square by a footbridge and located on the third floor of a Hilton hotel, the Center hosts a variety of events, including Asian-themed...

Hilton Hotel, 3rd floor
Free

City Hall

Attractions

Built in 1915 to designs by Arthur Brown and John Bakewell, City Hall is the epitome of the Beaux Arts style visible across the whole Civic Center. The...

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place (Polk Street)
FreeMajor venue

Cliff House

Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

After a fire in 1894, a magnificent, eight-storey Victorian turreted palace replaced the original 1860s house on this site. However, only a year after...

1090 Point Lobos Avenue

Coit Tower

Attractions

This 210ft (64m) concrete turret, built by City Hall architect Arthur Brown in 1933, was a gift to the city from the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, famed...

Peak of Telegraph Hill
Major venue

Columbarium

Attractions

This round, domed neo-classical rotunda is honeycombed with hundreds of niches, all filled with lavishly and individualistically decorated cremation urns....

1 Loraine Court
Free
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