But this means that when the warm sunny days come around, they are that much more special, and there are so many amazing things to do in San Francisco as far as outdoors activities are concerned that you won’t know which to choose from – which is why I’m here to help.
A paradise for outdoor lovers, the Presidio is a sprawling green space of thick forests, spectacular views, and hiking paths that rise above the Pacific along the west end of the city.
For over two hundred years the land served as a military base, but it was finally turned over to the public, and many of the buildings have been converted into museums, including a barracks-turned-Disney exhibit and an impressive Exploratorium.
Yes, it may be as touristy as it gets, but there is a reason why over twelve million people visit Fisherman’s Wharf each year. The mile-long stretch of waterfront is a bustling concentration of history, shopping, entertainment, and some of the best people watching around.
Personally, it’s the food that lures me in. On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than walking down Pier 39, getting a bread-bowl of the freshest chowder you’ll find on this side of the country, and enjoying the street-performances.
Being the ocean-lover that I am, I somehow always end up inside the Aquarium of the Bay, mesmerized by the shark exhibits. For those who have never been, I also suggest taking a half-day trip from the Wharf to Alcatraz Island via one of the ferries that shuttle back and forth.
When the summer sun comes out, the city-goers flock to Golden Gate Park, yet with such an expansive space there is always somewhere to find solitude.
I like to spread out a blanket in a grove alongside one of the gentle waterfalls with a book for company. Later I stroll over to the California Academy of Sciences, which after 6pm, has a twenty-one+ nightlife event. I’ll spend the evening exploring the indoor rainforest and aquariums with cocktail in hand, and make sure to give cheers to the looming T-Rex skeleton in the dinosaur exhibit.
The beach practically sits under the Golden Gate, where the stretches of sand turn to rocky outcrops as you approach closer to the Golden Gate base. Expect stellar views of the landmark.
Be careful, if you wander too far north you’ll reach the original site of the Burning Man Festival, and many of those now-old free spirits lay out with nothing left to the imagination. Trust me, I learned my lesson the hard way.
Baker Beach sits right under The Presidio, and the historic lookout posts and artillery guns going back to the 19th century still rest atop the hills behind the beach.
You will find many great timeshare rentals in San Francisco that start as low as $125/night.
Our guest author, Daniel Hogan, is a writer at Party Earth - a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world including: bars in Paris, pubs in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, parks in New York, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.
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