Wave Organ
I'll start this list off with one of SF's hidden treasures: the "natural" wonder of the wave organ. This monstrosity of an acoustic sculpture channels the ocean's waves to create varying sounds resembling music. Check the tides before visiting, and try to go during hide tide for the best performance!
Alcatraz
Only a quick ferry ride away, the infamous island prison sits just off San Francisco's coast and is still chock-full of stories and history. You'll need to book your guided tour well in advance (sometimes months, depending on the time of year). The tour itself is a few hours, and a really cool experience I imagine everyone would enjoy!
Ferry Building
The Ferry Building sits on the edge of the Embarcadero, with an awesome view of the Bay Bridge and enough culinary options to satisfy you for the entire day! The building houses various niche food stalls, including some that are only found in the Bay Area region.
Japanese Tea Garden
The Golden Gate Park, located on the western side of the city, is the west coast's Central Park - in fact, it's actually larger than Central Park and shares a landscape designer! The beautiful park is so immense that it houses various attractions, from a golf course to a botanical garden to the fine arts de Young Museum.
However, my favorite feature by far is the Japanese Tea Gardens; the tranquility of such a beautiful, green space makes you forget you're actually in the middle of a city!
Hippie Hill
Also located in the Golden Gate Park is Hippie Hill, appropriately named for its association with neighboring Haight-Ashbury. Many different events and festivals have taken place on this lawn over the years, perhaps most notably the Summer of Love in 1967.
Though it’s a bit (okay, a lot) more tame these days, you’ll still find musicians strumming guitars and playing hand drums — the perfect place to relax while experiencing a legendary spot in SF history.
Muir Woods
The dreamy, mystical nature wonderland that is Muir Woods is shockingly only a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Get up early and make it to the entrance by 8 a.m. — you’ll beat the crowds, and have more time to explore!
Japantown
An alternative to the all-famous and massive Chinatown, you’ll find that Japantown’s mall, traditional food, Japanese spa — Kabuki Springs & Spa — and karaoke lounges will transport you to your own little Japanese haven! Whether you spend an entire day here or just a few hours, it’s a cool experience and neighborhood that should not missed.
Giants Game at AT&T Park
Even if you have an undying devotion to your favorite baseball team, the multi-World Series champs — the San Francisco Giants — never fail to play a great game. The state-of-the-art AT&T Park overlooks the bay, and turns an otherwise ordinary game or evening into a full-blown experience that everyone will enjoy!