#1 Check AirBnb
If you haven't heard of AirBnB before, it's a website where you can find accommodation in other people's homes. But they made a platform where it's safe and secure. We looked into this after realizing hotel prices are ridiculous in San Fran, and was able to live in a whole apartment (although still small) for less than what hotels were charging. Find out more on AirBnb.com
We got a nice bottle of wine and was able to stay in Union Square!
#2 Go San Francisco Pass
I originally thought this was an amazing deal because we wanted to go to Six Flags. It is $115 for 3 days and you get admission to 30 attractions. You can also buy it through Alcatraz Cruises and get a free admission to Alcatraz which is worth $30. Overall I thought it was a good deal but depending on what attractions you are hitting up, it might not be worth it.
Through this card we rode on the Hop on Hop off bus which I normally would never have spent the money to do! It was cool though hearing a guided tour and history about the city.
We also got to see the Golden Gate bridge right at the edge which would have been hard to do because we didn't have a car!
#3 Golden Gate Park
This park is huge! So don't expect to be able to walk through it. They have a shuttle you can take advantage of but it only runs on weekends which is a bummer.
We went to California Academy of Sciences which was fun and interesting! Although I feel like it's more suited for younger kids. My favorite part was the room where you can experience an earthquake!
Just remember, the gate isn't in this park!
#4 Attend a Giants Game
I've only gone to one other baseball game before and that was in Toronto. The atmosphere in San Francisco is completely different though as it felt like the whole city was packing into the AT & T Stadium!
The actual stadium is gorgeous and is right on the water! The game was fun to watch and surprisingly went by pretty quick. This is a fun thing to do when visiting a new city!
#5 Visit Alcatraz
To be honest, I wasn't very excited to visit Alcatraz. But it turned out to be one of the best highlights! The audio tour is absolutely fantastic and I learned so much about the history of the island. It was also beautiful to look back into the city and we got some wonderful pictures!
We also went to the Aquarium by the Bay and Ripley's Believe it or Not. These were okay but might not be worth it if paying full admission. I loved eating oysters at the pier. There was also a hidden old school arcade at the pier that was super neat!
A really cold trip!
Nice sculptures in Union Square
I'm going to stop before this gets too long but if you need any more tips or want to ask me any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me!
Have you been to San Francisco before? What's your favorite activity on vacation?