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Top 12 Insider’s Picks in San Francisco – Fun SF Tours

Updated January 2016

If you’re planning a visit to San Francisco, here are 12 really great tours that you can take to see San Francisco and the Bay Area, including trips to Muir Woods, Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. This is a perfect time to be in San Francisco.

Enjoy your moment of Zen – the 90-second video above shows the Golden Gate Bridge (one of the world’s top tourist attractions) with waves lapping on the shore. Take a moment to relax, sit back and visualize being there and consider taking one of these fun San Francisco Tours:

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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour


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Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Looking for a fun way to see San Francisco’s top attractions – take a Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus Tour. It’s a great way to see the city’s sights, especially if you have a limited amount of time and want to see as much as possible. One of the first things we do when we travel to a new city is to take a narrated double-decker bus tour – you can hop on and off at your leisure or just stay on board and then go back to the places that you want to spend more time visiting. All buses are air-conditioned and offer free onboard wi-fi.

This is a wonderful time of year to visit the City by the Bay. Choose a 1 or 2-day City Loop Pass.

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Last-Minute Fun Thing To Do in San Francisco over Labor Day Weekend – California Academy of Sciences

WOW – what an amazing museum! The California Academy of Sciences is our favorite museum in San Francisco. It’s the only place in the world that houses one of the world’s largest Planetariums, an Aquarium and Coral Reef, a Natural History Museum, and a glass-domed Rainforest – all under the same roof.

Plan on spending the whole day here – there’s SO much to see. The Planetarium offers an incredible experience! See what it feels like to travel into space and explore the universe. We recommend that you get your Planetarium show tickets when you arrive at the museum before they sell out (they’re included in the price of admission) – the shows are extremely popular and the line gets longer throughout the day.

Our favorite area of the museum is the Rainforest (middle picture above). Judging from the crowds, we’re not the only ones! Head over to the Rainforest early before the line gets too long. Costa Rica (the top level) is truly magical. Peer over the railings and look down through the center of the Rainforest – you’ll see free-flying birds and butterflies, and fish swimming below. It’s truly stunning!

What’s even more amazing is the view of the Amazon-flooded Forest, located three levels below. Watch people under the 25-ft long acrylic tunnel as they gaze up at the fish swimming overhead. After visiting the Rainforest, take the elevator down to the museum’s spectacular 25-ft deep Aquarium (picture top left). It houses the world’s deepest (and the nation’s biggest) interior Coral Reef ecosystem – and over 3,000 exotic fish, including sharks, rays and sea turtles. Be sure to check out the Moon Jellies too. We could have stood there watching for hours – the sea life is incredible!

Don’t miss the Penguin feeding (10:30am and 3:30pm) at the far end of African Hall – that’s when they’re at their most playful. Arrive early if you want to get a good view as this is one of the museum’s most popular attractions and the room fills up quickly.

Take the elevator up to the 2.5-acre “green” Living Roof (picture top right) and open-air Observation Terrace – the views from the top are spectacular, especially on a fog-free day. Get a bird’s eye view of Golden Gate Park, the Music Concourse (and Bandshell) and the M.H. de Young Museum. The Living Roof features almost two million native California plant species, including perennial plants and colorful native wildflowers. Specialists are on hand to answer your questions, so don’t be shy.

When you get to the Swamp (another popular museum exhibit), say hi to Claude  – he’s the first White Alligator we’ve ever seen – and he’s quite stunning. Bonnie‘s the other alligator – they make quite a couple!

All that walking around is bound to make you hungry. No worries – head over to the Academy’s spacious open Piazza, located just inside the main entrance. It’s a fun place to grab a cup of coffee and and a snack, relax and people-watch. There’s also the Academy Cafe offering food from the Mediterranean,Southeast Asia and Mexico -as well as a noodle station featuring Charles Phan’s Vietnamese classics. And then there’s the more fancy Moss Room – an intimate 65-seat restaurant showcasing Loretta Keller’s signature California-Mediterranean cuisine.

If you haven’t visited the museum yet, or want to go back again, take advantage of the Special Offer going on NOW and save 20% on your admission ticket – and skip all the huge ticket buying lines. (Normally $24.49); the discount price is only $19.60. FYI… offer expires September 30, 2009. It’s a great last-minute FUN thing to do over Labor Day Weekend.

20% Off Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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Morrison Planetarium Show and “Stargazing” on the Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

WOW – what a FUN experience! If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to travel into space and explore the universe, this comes pretty close. We caught one of the shows at the NEW Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park during one of their “Nightlife” Thursdays – which by the way, if you haven’t gone to a Nightlife event yet, it’s a blast! There’s something special about exploring this museum at night – add in music and cocktails… and it’s a party!

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“Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francico

Nightlife at the Academy
Thursdays thru’ October 29, 2009

If you’re looking for something FUN and inexpensive to do on a Thursday night, check out “Nightlife” at the Academy. Every Thursday, after the California Academy of Sciences (in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park) closes, the museum features “Nightlife” — a
weekly evening event blending cutting-edge science, music, cocktails and food in
a unique museum setting.

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NEW California Academy of Sciences in SF’s Golden Gate Park – FUN Family Day Outing

What a FUN day out! The NEW California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park recently opened on September 27, 2008. It’s a “must-see” – especially if you have kids!

It’s the only place in the world that houses one of the world’s largest Planetariums, an Aquarium and Coral Reef, a Natural History Museum, and a glass-domed Rainforest — all under the same “Living Roof.”

Treat your family to a fun museum adventure over the Holiday Season – we can’t wait to go back again!

More Info and Pictures of the California Academy of Sciences
Aquarium / Amazon Forest / Coral Reef
African Hall / Penguins & Penguin Feedings
Living Roof / Observation Terrace
Rainforest / Birds & Butterflies
The Swamp / White Alligator

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“Yves Saint Laurent” Exhibit in San Francisco – its only U.S. Venue

“Yves Saint Laurent” Exhibit opens November 1st at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco.

See over 120 Yves Saint Laurent haute couture garments – including the famous Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra worn by Madonna – plus accessories and sketches of Yves Saint Laurent’s works.

San Francisco is the exhibit’s final destination and its only U.S. venue.

More Info on Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit
More Info & Pictures of M.H. de Young Museum


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