Things to do in San Francisco

From one of the best nightclub scenes in California to the imposing Alcatraz Island, the ‘City by the Bay’ is full of fabulous places to visit and things to do. San Francisco shopping is pure boutique chic, while its thriving restaurant scene is one of the best in the US. Our guide of things to do in San Francisco gives you a quick rundown of the best hotspots in this chilled-out, friendly city.

Places to go

In San Francisco, you can spend the morning watching the world go by from one of the coffee shops on Fisherman’s Wharf or ride the cable cars through the various neighbourhoods, each with their own unique personality and character. From one of the world’s largest Chinatown’s (outside China itself) to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking for places to visit in San Francisco.

Top of the must-visits has to be Alcatraz Island. Book ahead as there are limited places available for tours each day, but it’s well worth it because you’ll never visit another attraction quite like it. See where ‘Scarface’ Al Capone was incarcerated, and take a walk around the prison blocks that held some of America’s most notorious criminals. You’ll also get breathtaking views of the city and the bridge from Alcatraz.

Back on the mainland, you can find out more about the history of the region at the Legion of Honor art museum, or expand your mind at the California Academy of Sciences.


The city is full of museums, galleries and family-friendly things to do and see. However, attractions in San Francisco don’t get much more iconic than the city’s Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most photographed locations in America. You can walk across the bridge during the day, but our top tip is to head to the Golden Gate Park for the best views of the bridge.

If you have the kids with you, then a visit to the Walt Disney Museum has to be on your list of things to do here. Get to know the story behind Mickey and his chums in this interactive museum that entertains and delights the whole family.

When the sun goes down the party gets started, and San Francisco’s nightlife really kicks into gear. From sophisticated cocktail lounges to all-night parties, you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to clubs, pubs and entertainment.

Places to visit

There are a number of must-see places to visit in San Francisco, from the historical to the downright quirky. If you’re driving in the city, at some point you must take a (very careful) drive down Lombard Street, the city’s famous crooked street, with eight hairpin turns to negotiate.

The city’s Chinatown is the best place to eat if you love Chinese food, or you can get fresh oysters and lobster down at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf. If you’re a sports fan and want to experience the thrill of America’s national pastime, then head to Oracle Park and catch a baseball game. The Fillmore District is filled with Art Deco buildings and is one of the city’s historic neighbourhoods, while a trip out to Muir Woods National Monument will take you out of the city and into the hills for some peace and quiet.

If you’re looking for San Francisco things to do that’ll keep the whole family entertained, why not check out our recommendations, and book your holiday to California today?


1. Alcatraz San Francisco

Just off the coast of San Francisco Bay, you’ll find the island of Alcatraz. It’s all very peaceful now but during the years of 1934 to 1963, it was home to a maximum security federal prison.
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2. Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

It may no longer be the longest suspension bridge in the world, but the Golden Gate Bridge is definitely still the most memorable. It’s instantly recognisable with its tall towers, art deco styling, and iconic International Orange colour.
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4. Walt Disney Family Museum USA

Get to know the man behind the mouse with something for all Disney fanatics to enjoy, both young and old. Opened in 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum tells the life of Walt Disney and what he did to create the magic
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