Visit PIER 39
Visitors never tire of watching the sea lions at PIER 39. These rowdy pier crashers showed up more than 30 years ago in 1990, shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and although they occasionally wander off (in search of herring, or so they said), they always return. Get to know the California sea lion for yourself. Step outside to the K-Dock overlook at PIER 39 and see (and smell) them for yourself as they play or "hang out." If that spot is too crowded, just head up the stairs for an unobstructed view.
Feel Some Tower Power
The de Young Museum’s Hamon Observation Tower offers an unobstructed, 360-degree view of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods and beyond. Access is free; however, the tower closes one hour before the museum closes.
Ride the F-Line Streetcar
Take a sentimental journey down Market Street from the Castro all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf aboard one of the historic F-Line streetcars. Exact fare for adults is $3 cash or $2.50 with Clipper/MuniMobile. Up to 20 of these “museums in motion” are in service every day and include cars that have transported generations of San Franciscans for decades, as well as a diverse collection of streetcars from around the world. The free San Francisco Railway Museum tells more of this “moving” story.
Visit the Oracle Park Portwalk
Home of the World Series Championship San Francisco Giants, Oracle Park is just a short walk along the Embarcadero. While it’s great to watch a game from inside the stadium, there’s a nice option for the simply curious who want to take in an inning or two when the Giants are at home. The Portwalk, located beyond the outfield wall, is one of the ballpark’s most unique features. Guests can take in sweeping views of the bay while strolling along the water’s edge. Or they can stop to take an occasional peek at the ballgame, free of charge, for up to three innings. It’s a tradition that harks backs to the old Knothole Gang.