Summer Sports in San Francisco
Opportunities to watch the pros, compete in popular events, and hone your own skills abound in San Francisco this summer. It's the perfect time to flex your muscles—literally. Here are some great ways to get sporty while you’re in the city.
Watch the San Francisco Giants
Oracle Park is one of the Major League Baseball's most beautiful stadiums. The downtown home of the San Francisco Giants has stellar bay views, gorgeous monuments and memorabilia, and some of the best eats in the city. There are regular giveaways and special theme nights. The stadium also hosts fun events on nights when the Giants are on the road.
If you're looking to get the real fan experience, book a tour of Oracle Park. You'll get to explore the dugouts, press boxes, and other places in the ballpark that only the players get to see.
If you're feeling really adventurous, rent a kayak on game day and paddle out to McCovey Cove. You might be lucky enough to catch a splash hit!
Set Sail in San Francisco
Speaking of kayaks, there are plenty of opportunities for watersports in San Francisco. Take in the dramatic views of the city with a sightseeing cruise on the bay. You'll travel under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. Customizable tours, like San Francisco Whale Tours and Bay Voyager, also make a splash during the summer months.
Jump on Adventure Cat's catamaran for an exhilarating ride on San Francisco Bay. This sailing charter offers daily trips during the summer months. Their Sunset Sail remains a popular treat for those wanting an inspiring yet adventurous experience on the water.
While these tours offer a great way to sit back and enjoy the scenery, you have the option to steer your own ship with City Kayak. Rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards to navigate the bay for yourself.
Get Your Golf On
San Francisco has some of the oldest greens in the country, with courses like San Francisco Olympic Club and the Presidio Golf Course dating back to the 1800s. Recommended courses include TPC Harding Park, host of the 2020 PGA Championship and home to sweeping views of the Pacific and Lake Merced; Lincoln Park Golf Course, which offers guests a sensational view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the 17th hole; and Gleneagles Golf Club at McLaren Park. This course has just nine holes and offers a relaxed vibe, as well as a pub that makes for the perfect ending to every round.
Eagle Club Indoor Golf is a perfect spot to test your accuracy and skill. This indoor driving range is equipped with a Performance Simulator that manages your game play on a virtual course. Golf lessons are also available for beginners and even the most experienced golfers.
Looking for a fun round of mini golf? Venture to Stagecoach Greens, the city's only outdoor miniature golf course. Each of the 18 holes are inspired by pieces of San Francisco history. If you get stuck with a rainy day, don't worry; there are indoor options like Urban Putt, as well.
Run A Race
Don't let our famous hills intimidate you. With its temperate climate and gorgeous scenery, San Francisco is a runner's paradise. Summer offers four races for visitors to partake in.
First, there's the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half-Marathon and Rosé 5K. Idyllic views, an up-close look at the world’s most-famous vineyards, and a finish line that features the award-winning Wine & Music Festival cement its place among the top half-marathons anywhere. The 5K is held on Saturday, July 20. The half-marathon is held on Sunday, July 21.
The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 28 offers participants iconic city views and the chance to qualify for the Boston Marathon. There are other events that day perfect for runners of any skill level, from the stroller-friendly 5K to the ultramarathon route spanning more than 52 miles.
On Aug. 3, you can explore Angel Island by running its annual half-marathon or 10K. Runners will meet in picturesque Tiburon to be ferried across to the starting line.
On Aug. 25, join the Bridge to Bridge Run, which Sports Illustrated declared as the most beautiful route available to runners. The course provides the best coastal views from Fisherman’s Wharf to the lush, open spaces of Crissy Field and the towering beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ride A Bike
On a beautiful summer day, there is no better way to explore San Francisco than by bike. Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours has a variety of bikes to rent, including tandem, electric, and even child trailers. You can choose from a selection of guided tours through the redwoods, San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods, or even the vineyards of Sonoma (with transportation provided to/from). Other top-rated bike tours include Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours, Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours, and Unlimited Biking.
For those who want the freedom to explore but don’t want to miss out on the insider knowledge, Wheel Fun Rentals offers GPS-guided audio tours that hit all the iconic San Francisco sights. If you don’t like being confined to a schedule, the new Bay Wheels program has over 2,000 bikes for rent at hundreds of stations throughout the Bay Area.
Whether you go it alone or go with a guide, it's easy to plan your own ride through the city. The San Francisco Bay Trail that runs from Dogpatch, along the Embarcadero, and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge provides a nice breeze and a view of the bay with many great photo ops along the way.
Riders can find the perfect balance of leisurely coasting and active riding on the paths that can be found in Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and the Marin Headlands. For the beach buffs, the Great Highway is a low-traffic road that runs along the coast, starting at Ocean Beach and ending at Lake Merced. And don’t forget that the entire Bay Area is covered in scenic rides.
Take A Hike
San Francisco is surrounded by regional and national parks, so you won’t need to look far for a nice hike. Even casual hikers can tackle the climbs to the city's two highest points, Twin Peaks and Mt. Davidson. The stunning 360-views of the city are worth it.
More difficult hikes with breathtaking views include Marin’s Mt. Tamalpais, which towers over the surrounding Muir Woods Redwood Forest, or the South Bay’s Mission Peak, where every serious Instagrammer is obligated to snap a pic.
Hikes along the easily accessible Lands End and Point Reyes National Seashore will give incredible views of the ocean and waterfalls while you walk along the rocky California coast. In the Presidio, you can find 24 miles of trails, as well as outdoor art like Andy Goldsworthy's "Spire" and "Wood Line".
If you’re looking for a unique hiking tour that gives a great workout and even better views, check out Urban Hiker SF for customizable routes and schedules. Another option is the new 17-mile Crosstown Trail that covers most of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
If you’re planning on doing quite a bit of hiking, check out Sports Basement to rent backpacks, boots, and other outdoor equipment needed for your adventure.