Tuesday, September 23, 2008

San Francisco Attractions Hotels and lodging

Even for locals, San Francisco takes years to explore. Bursting with popular tourist attractions and eclectic neighborhoods, San Francisco is definitely a wonder to behold. One of the top attractions in San Francisco is the infamous Alcatraz Island, if not for its history then for its view of the entire San Francisco Bay. Fisherman's Wharf bustles with the sounds of barking seals and brims with Dungeness crab restaurants. North Beach's Italian flavor sidles up next to the exotic Chinatown, while Union Square and the Haight Ashbury district entice with world-class and diverse shopping. Just beyond San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma wine country beckon with rolling vineyards and award-winning wineries.
Alcatraz Cruises
The exclusive operator to Alcatraz Island, one of San Francisco's top visitor attraction, operated by the National Park Service. Cruises start at 9am and continue throughout the day. Ten to 14 daily departures depending on the time of year. Evening tours offered Th-M. All Alcatraz tours depart from Pier 33. Guaranteed lowest prices to Alcatraz Island. For complete tour information, including departure schedules and pricing, visit the Web site. Purchase and print tickets online - save time and avoid lines. Alcatraz Cruises - an Inescapable Experience. Address: Pier 33, Alcatraz LandingCity: San Francisco 94111 Phone: 415-981-ROCK (7625) Fax: 415-986-1721 Email: marketing@alcatrazcruises.com Website: www.alcatrazcruises.com
Angel Island TramTours & Catered Events
This company oversees recreation, sightseeing and hospitality options on Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay. Responsibilities include mountain bike rentals, open-air tour trams with an audio interpretive program, operation of the island's Cove Cafe, catered picnics and special event services. Hours Wednesday-Sunday in April; daily May-October; weekends only November and March; closed December-February. Tram Tours weekdays 10:30am, weekends 10:30am and 3pm. Admission $13.50 adults, $12.50 seniors, $9.50 juniors ages 6-12. Prices and schedule subject to change; call for current information or visit Web site at www.angelisland.com. Groups Miniumum 15, 40 for catered events, 415-897-0715, ext. 5Address: 5757 - A Sonoma DriveCity: Pleasanton 94566 Phone: 415-897-0715 Fax: 925-426-3075 Email: goplay@angelisland.com Website: www.angelisland.com
Boudin at the Wharf
Set in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, the new, two-story flagship building allows visitors to observe the 5,000 square-foot bakery in action. Learn the story of sourdough French bread, how it is made and why it cannot be baked anywhere else on earth. Complimentary trip to tasting room included with Museum & Bakery Tour.Address: 160 Jefferson StreetCity: San Francisco 94133 Phone: 415-928-1849 Fax: 415-928-8876 Email: wharfevents@boudinbakery.com Website: www.boudinbakery.com
Conservatory of Flowers
A spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants from around the world that will engage visitors physically, intellectually and emotionally. Tu-Su 9am-4:30pm. Free children 4 and under, $5 for adults, $3 for youths, seniors and students with ID, $1.50 for children 5-11.Address: 100 John F. Kennedy DriveAddress2: Golden Gate ParkCity: San Francisco 94118 Phone: 415-666-7001 Fax: 415-666-7257 Email: info@sfcof.org Website: www.conservatoryofflowers.org
Cow Palace
This historic entertainment center hosts a variety of concerts, conventions, tradeshows, exhibitions and sporting events throughout the year.Address: P.O. Box 34206City: San Francisco 94134 Phone: 415-404-4100 Fax: 415-337-0941 Email: whaub@cowpalace.com Website: www.cowpalace.com
Filoli
A historic estate and includes a 36,000 square-foot mansion and European-inspired gardens. Tu-Sa 10am-3:30pm, Su 11am-3:30pm. Address: 86 Canada RoadCity: Woodside 94062 Phone: 650-364-8300 Fax: 650-366-7836 Email: friends@filoli.org Website: www.filoli.org
Golden Gate Fields
Live thoroughbred racing with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. For groups, meetings, incentive and leisure with great food, views and action. Admission for live racing Grandstand $4, Clubhouse $6, Top of Stretch $2, Turf Club $10-15. AE, CB, DC, D, JCB, MC, V.Address: 1100 Eastshore HighwayCity: Berkeley 94710 Phone: 510-559-7383 Fax: 510-559-7481 Email: jaldoroty@goldengatefields.com Website: www.goldengatefields.com
Lucky Chances Casino
A 43 table casino offering Poker, Vegas Style Blackjack, Pan 9, Asian games, Pai Gow Tiles, daily poker tournaments, two restaurants, free shuttle from Colma BART station. 21 and over. Open 24/7. AE, MC, V.Address: 1700 Hillside BoulevardCity: Colma 94014 Phone: 650-758-2237 Fax: 650-758-6475 Email: Website: www.luckychances.com
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation
Tour National Landmark, former Mare Island Naval Shipyard; chapel has beautiful Tiffany glass. Commander's mansion, a huge 1855 museum, up to 1,000 person events. Tours $10-14, advance reservations required.
Address: 328 Seawind DriveCity: Vallejo 94590 Phone: 707-557-1538 Fax: 707-552-3266 Email: kenzad01@sbcglobal.net Website: www.mareislandhpf.org
METREON
Metreon is the first-of-its-kind entertainment center located at Fourth and Mission streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This 350,000 square-foot complex features an eclectic mix of the Bay Area's best restaurants, shopping venues, theatres, and entertainment destinations, including the West Coast's largest IMAX theatre.Address: 101 Fourth StreetCity: San Francisco 94103 Phone: 415-369-6002 Fax: 415-369-6025 Email: Website: www.metreon.com
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum
A collection of odd/unusual exhibits, interactive and video displays in 11 galleries - a landmark at Fisherman's Wharf for 40 years and entertaining for all ages. Open daily. General admission $14.99 (ages 13 and older), $8.99 children (ages 5-12), $12.50 seniors and students (with I.D.) Prices subject to change without notice. Address: 175 Jefferson StreetAddress2: Fisherman's WharfCity: San Francisco 94133 Phone: 415-771-6188 Fax: 415-771-1237 Email: sanfran@ripleys.com Website: www.ripleysf.com
Riptide Arcade at Pier 39
The largest video and prize arcade in San Francisco with over 10,000 square feet of the latest video games, prize games, and virtual reality including an Old West shooting gallery.Address: Pier 39, Space M3City: San Francisco 94133 Phone: 415-981-6300 Fax: 415-981-6308 Email: Website: www.riptidearcade.com
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum
There is always something new at San Francisco’s Botanical Garden. Stroll through New Zealand, the Mediterranean or Central American rain forests. The garden is a beautiful, calm oasis. M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sa-Su and holidays 10am-5pm. Tours M-F 1:30pm, Sa-Su 10:30am and 1:30pm, departing from Bookstore; W, F, Su 2pm, departing from North Gate. Admission is free, donations accepted. Address: Golden Gate ParkAddress2: Ninth Avenue at Lincoln WayCity: San Francisco 94122 Phone: 415-661-1316 Fax: 415-661-7427 Email: Website: www.sfbotanicalgarden.org
San Francisco Zoo
Northern California's largest zoological park features approximately 1,000 exotic and endangered wildlife. Visit the new Grizzy Gulch (June 2007), home to two grizzly bears and stroll through the African Savanna habitat. Experience the wonders of the Children's Zoo and visit other favorites such as Gorilla Preserve, Penguin Island, Koala Crossing, Lemur Forest and the Australian WalkAbout. Ride the historical Dentzel Carousel and Little Puffer minature steam train. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission for San Francisco residents $9; $4.50 ages 12-17 and seniors 65 and over; $2.50 ages 3-11; free age 2 and under. Non-residents $11; $8 ages 12-17 and 65 and over; $5 ages 3-11; free age 2 and under. Address: One Zoo RoadCity: San Francisco 94132-1098 Phone: 415-753-7080 Fax: 415-681-2039 Email: marketing@sfzoo.org Website: www.sfzoo.org
Submarine USS Pampanito
This authentic, World War II submarine - with near perfect restoration - offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Individuals and groups will feel history unfold, seeing how the crew of 80 men lived for weeks on end in amazingly tight quarters. Many original artifacts are on display. Exclusive iPod audio tour features Pampanito crewmen telling real-life war stories. The gift store is chock full of gifts, books, video/DVDs and memorabilia. National Historic Landmark. Summer hours: Th-Tu 9am-8pm, W 9am-6pm; Winter hours: M-Th 9am-6pm, F-Su 9am-8pm. Admission $9 adults; discounts for children, seniors and active duty military.Address: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45City: San Francisco 94133 Phone: 415-775-1943 Fax: 415-561-6660 Email: pampanito@maritime.org Website: www.maritime.org
Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
For 45 years, 15 million visitors have enjoyed more than 270 wax portraits of entertainers, heroes, scoundrels and more in 50 expertly crafted settings, enhanced with artistic lighting, props and informative narrations.
Address: 145 Jefferson Street, Suite 500City: San Francisco 94133 Phone: 415-202-0400 Fax: 415-771-9248 Email: jguire@waxmuseum.com Website: www.waxmuseum.com
Yerba Buena Gardens
An award-winning public facility, features a children’s garden, public art, museums, a historic carousel, ice-skating and bowling centers. Open daily sunrise-10pm. Address: 750 Howard StreetCity: San Francisco 94103 Phone: 415-820-3550 Fax: 415-820-3554 Email: info@yerbabuenagardens.com Website: www.yerbabuenagardens.com