Top 10 Things to do in San Francisco, After You've Settled In

June 7th 2016
top 10 things to do in san francisco

San Francisco is home to many attractions such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars gliding up Powell Street, and the sunbathing seals at Fisherman’s Wharf. All are absolutely fun, but what’s there to do after you settle in? We composed a list to push new San Francisco residents in the right direction!

 

1. Eat.

Yummy lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow. Image courtesy Flickr user Nathan Yergler 

Whether it’s mouth-watering ceviche at Limon, the infamous hour-long (but-well-worth-it) wait for the best brunch ever at Plow, or America’s best burrito at La Taqueria (no, really: click here), plan to eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day. #FoodieHeaven

 

 

2. Catch a movie at the historic Castro Theater

Image courtesy Flickr user torbakhopper

The theater sits in the historic Castro district and can host more than 1,400 movie-goers in a lush and intimate setting with balcony and orchestra seating. Home to an impressive list of film festivals such as the Noir City Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and the Shock it to Me! Classic Horror Film Festival, among many others, you’ll find yourself going back again and again. Friendly tip: catch Disney classic Dumbo on June 6.  

 

 

3. Visit Golden Gate Park

 Conservatory of Flowers. Image courtesy Flickr user Paul Sullivan

There is such a thing as free in San Francisco and it’s beautiful. Picnic, paddle boat, visit the California Academy of Sciences, workout or play a game of ultimate Frisbee with friends in this 1,017 acre park. This gem is everyone’s.

 

 

4. Catch a San Francisco Giants Game

 

Picturesque McCovey Cove. Image courtesy Flickr user Stephen Kelly

On the waterfront and in the vibrant China Basin neighborhood, be sure to support your World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park! Grab a crab sandwich, ice cream sundae or garlic fries (maybe not in that order) after you go down the giant Coca-Cola slide. MB360 residents, you’re just walking distance from the champs.

 

 

5. Drink and play

Mission Bowling Club. Image courtesy Flickr Bit Boy

 Beer and miniature golf? Yes, please. Urban Putt, an indoor miniature golf course is just the place for adults to wind down and play. And so is the hip Mission Bowling Club. Both in the heart of the Mission district.

 

 

6. Work Out in the Beautiful Outdoors

Mosaic steps. Image courtesy Flickr user _e.t

Whether it’s a jog along the bay at Crissy Field, stunning views from the Land’s End trail, or racing up the beautifully tiled mosaic steps on 16th avenue in the inner-Sunset neighborhood, you’ll begin to love your workouts.

 

 

7. Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum

Image courtesy Flickr user harshlight

A bit of a secret, as it’s deeply hidden in the Presidio, the Walt Disney Family Museum will have you feeling like a kid again. Bring your Mickey Mouse ears, catch the Movie of the Month (included in admission) and learn about the history behind Disney. Enjoy a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge too.

 

 

8. Grab a cup of joe

 

Image courtesy Flickr user Dan

San Francisco’s coffee scene has grown into its own and now stands tall. Coit Tower tall. Be sure to visit Blue Bottle Co., Four Barrel Coffee, and Ritual Coffee Roasters and inhale the rich aroma that people call coffee but works like magic.

 

 

9. Grab a glass at the Beer Festivals

San Francisco Craft Beer Festival. Image courtesy Flickr user Josh Rodriguez

Yes, festivals as in plural. Oktoberfest by the Bay and the San Francisco Craft Beer Festival are great places to find new tastes and friends! The Craft Beer Festival at Fort Mason in early March promises a good time, with 75 breweries, 150 beers, ciders and meads. Continue to celebrate at Oktoberfest by the Bay in September, where you’ll be singing and dancing alongside other beer enthusiasts.  

 

 

10. Take a Ferry across the Bay

 

Catch the ferry at the beautiful Ferry Building on Embarcadero. Image courtesy Michele Ursino

It doesn’t matter where. Enjoy stunning views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, as well as Alcatraz. If you land in a glorious place like Mill Valley, be sure to visit the Buckeye Roadhouse where you’ll find the best Mud Pie (you won’t want to share). Tip: catch a ferry around sunset.