Spring is in full bloom in San Francisco, the days are getting longer, and the weather is … still unpredictable. But as the city moves into and opens up on the Yellow Plain, there are plenty of activities for residents and visitors alike. Whether you’re looking to spot art, explore the country’s oldest Chinatown, or sail the bay, here are five activities to add to your calendar.
California Academy of Sciences General Admission – Fever
costs: $ 37 / adult ticket
Golden Gate Park is home to the California Academy of Sciences, devoted to environmental education and sustainability, and filled with natural wonders. It includes a four-story rainforest, an aquarium with 40,000 live animals, a 2.5-acre living roof, a planetarium, and a swamp that is home to an albino alligator named Claude. Get a ticket and spend the day getting up close and personal with a variety of plants, animals, and practical exhibits.
Get scared on a San Francisco ghost tour
San Francisco Ghost Tour – Fever
costs: USD 24.50 / person
San Francisco is full of interesting history, architecture and … ghosts? Explore the paranormal on foot with this nighttime ghost tour of Nob Hill, one of the city’s seven most important hills and a neighborhood full of high-end hotels (including the Fairmont, famous for its tiki bar, the Tonga Room), formerly owned by railroad barons and the impressive Grace Cathedral. This ghost tour includes a walking tour of the 450 Sutter Building, a 26-story building with Neo-Mayan Art Deco design, and the Pacific Union Club, an elite social club whose late owner may still be in the halls Is on the way.
Cruise around the bay on a catamaran at sunset
Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise –
costs: $ 90 / person
There are few better ways to see the city by the bay than from the bay. This 90-minute sunset catamaran cruise departs from Pier 39 and runs around San Francisco Bay, past Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Get 360 views of Sausalito to the north and San Francisco’s cityscape to the south, and even see a few dolphins or seal lions along the way. (Tip: bring layers with you, as you never know when the wind might come up or when Karl the Fog might appear).
Immerse yourself in the art of Vicent van Gogh
Immersive Van Gogh (San Francisco) Tickets –
costs: $ 24.99
Experience works of art like never before with Immersive van Gogh, an exhibition that started in Paris and made its way to San Francisco. In SVN West, a former concert hall that hosted the Grateful Dead, BB King and Aretha Franklin, among others, you’ll find 300,000 cubic feet of projections of Van Gogh’s famous paintings, accompanied by music that really surrounds you and immerse you in his art. The exhibit has a reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions and will run until the beginning of September.
Explore San Francisco’s Chinatown on foot
Sidewalk Weekends – Sunday Streets SF
costs: Free of charge
Sunday Streets is a city program that closes certain streets to cars and allows people to stroll through the neighborhoods on foot. One of these streets is Grant Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. Chinatown’s Walkway Weekends has been extended through June, where Grant Street between California (one block from Dragon Gate) and Washington is pedestrian-only on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 5pm. Walk along and check out the colorfully painted murals, check out the red lanterns that hang year-round, and stock up on dim sum over one of the outdoor restaurants.