San Francisco City Guide–A List of Favorite Things to Do

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San Francisco is one of those cities where you really need multiple trips to see everything. There are things to see and do for pretty much every type of person. From art museums to sport complexes, to tourist spots to local spots, this city has it all. The northern California climate also stays steady throughout the year, which is why it’s one of the best places to visit or to call home.

Here are our three favorite San Francisco destinations to rock your day whether you’re on your own visiting or you’re a local hosting out-of-town guests. 

Oracle Park is a San Francisco Must-See Destination

24 Willie Mays Plaza

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Oracle Park: Home of the San Francisco Giants

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Are you a fan of baseball? Oracle Park is where the San Francisco Giants play. And Oracle Park is only 0.3 miles from our Bluxome Place community and 0.9 miles from our Metro at Showplace Square community. Either for a home game or for a behind-the-scenes tour, a visit to Oracle Park is fun for even the most casual fan. This park is considered one of the best ballparks in the nation for baseball fans. Their daily tours allow you to set foot on the field, sit in the dugout, see the visitor’s clubhouse, see the indoor batting cage, and see the Giant Vault (an exhibit about the history of the MLB). 

Are you looking to get some amazing views of the bay area? Oracle Park has some of the best views of the bay as well. No matter where you sit, there’s a view of the Bay Bridge and the marina. If you want some of the best views in the park, make sure to sit somewhere in the upper decks. 

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Some of the best views of the San Francisco bay.

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Are you bringing your children with you? Oracle Park is great for families. If you are visiting with your children, they’ll love the giant Coca-Cola bottle super slide in the Fan Lot. If your children are at least 36” tall and 14 years or younger, they’ll be sure to have fun experiencing the four twists and turns of the slide. There’s also a replica of a giant vintage four-fingered baseball glove right next to the Coca-Cola slide. 

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The Coca-Cola Slide and Replica of the Baseball Glove

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One of the best experiences for young children at Oracle Park is Little Giants Park. It’s a 50’ X 50’ reproduction of Oracle Park but designed for small children to feel what it’s like to swing a bat and run the bases. And when you or your children get hungry, Oracle Park concessions are top-notch with items like Impossible Burgers and Gilroy Garlic Fries

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 3rd Street

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The Exterior of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Looking to get a more cultured art experience? Look no further than this one-of-a-kind art experience downtown! Opened in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the United States. And the museum is only 6 blocks from our Bluxome Place community and one and a half miles from our Metro at Showplace Square community. It features works from prominent artists like Frida Kahlo, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, and even Julie Mehretu. 

You can contemplate deep life questions while viewing works like Alexander Calder’s mobiles and Julie Mehretu’s study of the American west. Tickets are required to view the seven floors of artwork. However, this museum has an additional 45,000 square feet of freely accessible public space with more artwork, an outdoor sculpture park, and a 30 foot living wall! 

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Interior of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Be sure to visit their three favorably-reviewed cafes while viewing some spectacular views of the city. This museum is great for squeezing in a quick hour-long visit or taking the whole day to soak up the mind-stretching exhibits. 

The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco

1 The Embarcadero

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The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco Has a Lot to Offer

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At the foot of Market Street, the Ferry Building is only 1.6 miles our Bluxome Place community and a little over two miles from our Metro at Showplace Square community. Stationed at the foot of Market Street, The Ferry Building is San Francisco’s most easily-recognized landmark. In the early 1900s, it was the main entry point into the city. After a four year restoration project, the building reopened to the public in 2003. Just imagine the thousands of people who walked through this ferry building over the years.

The Ferry Building is sometimes compared to Seattle’s Pike Place due to its profusion of vendors selling fresh local meat, produce, and other specialty foods. If you’re a foodie, you can stock up at the outdoor farmer’s market and indoor marketplace offering an array of artisan and other types of gourmet foods. 

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Ferry Building Marketplace Shops

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On the bay side of the building is a satellite location of Book Passage, a bookstore selling maps, guidebooks, children’s books, cookbooks and non-fiction titles. This location also holds literary events and book signings for prominent authors including Chelsea Clinton, Dave Eggers and Nigella Lawson

If you visit the Ferry Building in the evening you’ll be in for a treat! Evening visitors can see the Bay Bridge spectacularly lit up, and it’s definitely one of the best things to see in the city. The Ferry Building is accessible through many different ways. You can access it by the BART rail or by ferry if you’re traveling from the Oakland area.

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