Exciting Things to Do in San Francisco

Exciting Things to Do in San Francisco
San Francisco is the fourth most populated city in California and features a wide variety of historical and adventure activities. Whether you are traveling with your family, friends or a mixture of the two, there are ample activities to keep you entertained, informed and excited. While some of the more popular attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, are a must-see during a trip to San Francisco, there are other exciting activities that are equally as interesting and memorable.

Angel Island State Park

Angel Island is the largest island within the bay area. For those who are seeking an outdoor adventure, Angel Island will provide the necessary activities to keep you entertained and intrigued. With numerous bicycle paths, hiking trails and picnic areas this is an ideal location for a family gathering or a romantic afternoon. Angel Island is rich in military history, which is evident in its still standing internment camp. An open-air tram ride circles the entire island and with the audio-guide you will be able to learn the history and importance of this island. For the bike trails, you are able to bring your own bike or you can rent one on the island. There are campsites available if you desire to stay overnight.

Address for ferry ride:
Blue & Gold Fleet
Pier 41 ½
Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 773-1188
Angel Island Park Phone: (415) 435-1915

Bay City Bike

At Bay City Bikes you are able to rent bicycles for either unsupervised or guided bike tours of San Francisco. There are several bike routes you can experience. For those who are beginning bikers, you will enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito ride. This journey includes biking to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Municipal Pier, Crissy Field and the Presidio. This riding experience is 8 miles to Sausalito or you can double the length by traveling to Tiburon, which is a 16-mile ride. For advanced riders, you will enjoy the Marin Headlands to Mount Tamalpais ride. This advanced bike journey is 18 miles (one-way) and will allow you to bike through the pristine Marin Headlands and if you want a challenge you can climb to the top of Mount Tamalpais, which has an elevation of 2,571 feet. There are biking trails for all levels of cyclists.
All three Bay City Bike locations are within Fisherman's Wharf and open at 8 a.m. everyday. Contact your preferred location for closing times.

Rates:
Comfort Bikes: $28 to $50 per day
Kids Bikes: $20 per day
Performance Bikes: $35 to $65 per day
Weekly rates are available.
Contact Information:
2661 Taylor St.
Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 346-2453

1325 Columbus Ave.
Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 346-2453

501 Bay St.
Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 346-2453

City Kayak

City Kayak provides the opportunity to explore the bay area in a fun fashion. This company provides guided trips throughout the San Francisco Bay, which includes Alcatraz, Treasure Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and South Beach Harbor. The seas around these areas are mostly calm, which makes it easy for beginners and enjoyable for advanced paddlers. There are four trips that are available: Beginner, Custom, Intermediate and Advanced. Every trip averages between one and three hours long, and the more challenging trips, such as the Intermediate and Advanced trips, require prior kayaking experience.

Contact Information:
South Beach Harbor
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 357-1010
Website: http://www.citykayak.com

Hours of Operation and Rates:
Hours will vary depending on the season and day of the week. Visit the website for all information pertaining to launch hours. Rates vary depending on the type of kayak you rent, how many people you are with and the exact trip you choose. Call City Kayak for rate information or visit the website.

Article Written By Jonathan McLelland

Jonathan McLelland has been a professional writer since 2005. He has worked as a story writer and editor for the international sitcom, “Completing Kaden,” as well as a proposal writer for various production companies. McLelland studied communication and theater at St. Louis Community College.

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