Things to Do in San Francisco in December

Things to Do in San Francisco in December
San Francisco is a city blessed with some of the most beautiful views around. But in December the weather can be a bit chilly. The average temperature high is 57 degrees, and the average low is 47 degrees. This is still not an unbearable temperature depending on what you're used, but if you like it warm it can be a bit uncomfortable. But don't rule out a trip to San Francisco during December because there is still ample fun to be had.

San Francisco Ice Skating

For those who love the crisp air of December in San Francisco, why not consider ice skating at the Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square? There are discounts available for children under 10 and for senior citizens. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the entire month of December. Union Square is the epicenter of shopping activities in the city, but if you're looking to skate close to the animals, check out the Reindeer Romp ice skating rink at the San Francisco Zoo. This rink is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Union Square Ice Rink
At Stockton and Geary
San Francisco, CA
(415) 781-2688
www.unionsquareicerink.com/

Reindeer Romp Ice Rink
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
www.sfzoo.org/openrosters/view_homepage.asp?orgkey=1859

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

The Monarch Grove Sanctuary is located outside of the city, but it's well worth the drive. The amazing spectacle of the Monarch migration occurs every winter at the sanctuary. Thousands of Monarch butterflies land on the sanctuary's pine and eucalyptus trees as a part of their annual migration. Admission is free, and the sanctuary is open from October to February. The stunning species comes to the sanctuary looking for milkweed plants to lay eggs.

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
Ridge Road
Between Lighthouse Avenue and Short Street
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 648-5716

Whale Watching in San Francisco Bay

December is a great time to go whale watching in San Francisco Bay. It's especially great for watching gray whales. Head to the Point Reyes National Seashore. While you're out there looking at the whales, climb to the top of the historic lighthouse. Point Reyes offers biking, hiking, camping and campfires. Pets must be restrained at all times.

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 464-5100, ext.2
www.nps.gov/pore/

Article Written By Catherine Madison

Catherine Madison is a full-time freelance writer specializing in travel and food. She has written for "Stir Magazine," My Food Place, Hispanic Kitchen and Sustainability. Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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