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Spring Forward in San Francisco

Welcome to the light side of San Francisco, now that daylight savings time is here.

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Daylight savings time returns on Sunday, March 13, 2016.The San Francisco Travel Association has some bright ideas to fill those extra 60-plus minutes of sunshine:

1. Stroll in the San Francisco Botanical Garden; last entry is 6 p.m. mid-March through September and they remain open one hour after entry.

2. Start training now for one of the many athletic events coming up in 2016: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on April 3, Bay to Breakers on May 15, the San Francisco Marathon on July 31 and the popular Giant Race on Sept. 11.

3. Walk the labyrinths at Grace Cathedral and Lands End and shake off the daily doldrums. 

4. Visit one of San Francisco’s newer park areas: Cruise Terminal Plaza, Brannan Street Wharf, Mission Creek Park and the Fay-Berrigan gardens. Want to head out of town? Sonoma County has a newish park: North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve just about 5 miles northeast of Santa Rosa. 

5. Ferry across the bay to Alameda, Angel Island, Oakland, Sausalito, South San Francisco, Tiburon and Vallejo. To review schedules and departure points, visit www.511.org.

6. Many museums in the city have extended hours at least once a week and several are open late on Thursdays: Asian Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Exploratorium, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; the California Academy of Sciences offers special programming until 10 p.m.as part of its NightLife series. On Fridays from April 15-Nov. 25, 2016 the de Young Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, films, lectures, a poetry series, occasional tango milongas and swing dancing, performance art, and hands on art making for young and old. For sunset watchers the view from the de Young’s 144-foot tower is stunning. Just a short BART ride away in Berkeley, the BAMPFA is open Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

7. The San Francisco Giants’ home opener is April 7, 2016. Tours of the stadium, dugout areas and visitors’ clubhouse are also offered on a regular basis. The Yard located on a small portion of Parking Lot A (corner of Third Street and Terry Francois Boulevard) is a popular semi-permanent pop-up shipping container village. Open daily it features Anchor Brewing, Off the Grid and Peet’s Coffee & Tea. 

8. Something’s always brewing in San Francisco especially at  Anchor Brewing; tours are offered daily by reservation only. To confirm a slot, go to their website. The San Francisco Brewers Guild also sponsors a number of events and has a map of local breweries.

9. Climb the steepest streets: Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (31.5 percent grade); 22nd Street between Church and Vicksburg (31.5 percent grade); Jones between Union and Filbert (29 percent grade); Duboce Avenue between Alpine and Buena Vista (27.9 percent grade). Percentage indicates for every 100 feet, block rises 3l.5 feet, 29 feet, etc.

10. Head for the overlook at Sutro Heights Park and enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean at sundown.

11. Discover new artists and revisit others on the first Thursday of every month when many local art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. or later. For a list of participating galleries, visit firstthursdayart.com.

12. Tap into San Francisco’s urban winery scene at Bluxome Street Winery, The Press Club, Winery Collective and The Winery SF.

13. Indulge in a deep tissue massage or a round of reflexology at one of San Francisco’s day spas or pamper yourself at one of the local hotel spas. 

14. San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has six municipal golf courses: TPC Harding (18 holes), Fleming (9 holes), Lincoln Park (18 holes), Sharp Park (18 holes); Golden Gate Park (9 holes), and Gleneagles (9 holes). The 18-hole Presidio Golf Course also offers twilight and early bird discounts. Sketchy weather? Check out Urban Putt. SPiN San Francisco is slated to open in San Francisco if ping-pong is your game. 

15. Paddle on the bay on a full moon tour with City Kayak. The route varies but often includes McCovey Cove, Mission Creek and goes under the Bay Bridge. Previous kayaking experience recommended.

16. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge - pedestrians have access to the east walkway of the bridge from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Considered one of the foremost engineering triumphs in the world, the bridge is the seventh longest suspension bridge in the world. For more information, visit www.goldengate.org.

17. Experience nature in the big city along the windswept shoreline at Crissy Field. Savor a treat at the Beach Hut Café or the Warming Hut.

18. Exercise the intellect and the body on one of the free, guided walks offered by San Francisco City Guides. More than 30 tours are offered day-in-and-day-out by the volunteer group. They canvass every corner of the city from the ever-changing Castro District to Victorians of Alamo Square. A few are scheduled in the evening.

19. Grab the Graham crackers, dark chocolate and marshmallows for an old-fashioned s’mores party at the beach. Small wood bonfires for groups of less than 25 (without permit) are permitted on Ocean Beach between Fulton and Lincoln, March-October. Visitors may reserve an all-terrain wheelchair as an assisted device by calling 415-561-4958, TTY 415-561-4724, or e-mail [email protected]. Allow 5 days’ notice for reservation.

20. San Francisco at twilight as seen from an airplane or helicopter on a “flightseeing” excursion is an unforgettable experience. Aerial tours include Accessible Aviation Golden Gate, San Francisco Helicopter Tours and Seaplane Adventures.