Things for Teens to Do in San Francisco

Things for Teens to Do in San Francisco
San Francisco is home to dozens of outdoor and adventure activities, and many tours and activities cater to teen travelers and residents. Teenagers interested in an outdoor adventure around the Bay area have a wealth of programs and classes to choose from. From waterfront activities to guided walks through Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is an idyllic location for any teenage adventure enthusiast.

Heron Watch Nature Tour at Golden Gate Park

The San Francisco Nature Education organization offers a Heron Watch tour at Golden Gate Park where visitors can spend an afternoon learning about the great blue herons and their chicks as the birds play and nest around Stow Lake. The tour is free and open to teens of all ages. Guided tours are also available for a $10 fee, and this tour includes narrated tours of other nesting birds in the area.

Heron Watch Program
via the San Francisco Nature Education
3450 Geary Blvd., Suite 208
San Francisco, California 94118
(415) 387-9160

Scuba Diving Lessons

Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Center offers scuba lessons and classes, and offers a beginner's open water course program with both classroom and pool training. Teens can learn from certified scuba instructors, and head to the ocean around San Francisco to complete their training. As of 2009, the fee for this program was $199.50 per person, and student are responsible for purchasing a student kit for $74.95. Class schedules vary by season.

Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Center
584 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 362-6694

Indoor Ice Skating

The Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center can be a fun place for teenagers to hang out and spend the afternoon practicing their ice skating skills. The venue offers open public skating sessions every day, as well as private coaching and group beginner classes through its skate school. Teens can register for a class by visiting the Pro Shop at the center. As of 2009, single 30-minute classes are $17.50 per session. Skate rentals for figure skates through adult size 14 are available for $8 per teen. As of 2009, public skating rates and freestyle sessions are $12 per session and discounts are available if the teen registers for a class or has a discount card.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center
750 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 777-3727

Paddle Board Rental

Teenagers who have some experience with paddle boarding can rent a paddle board from the Boardsports School and Shop's San Francisco location and enjoy some time out on the waters around the Golden Gate Bridge. As of 2009, paddle board rentals were $25 per hour for all ages. Paddle board clinics are also available at the Alameda and San Mateo locations for $99 per class, as of 2009.

Boardsports School and Shop
1200 Clay St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 385-1224

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

The Red and White Fleet Boat Tour takes visitors under the Golden Gate Bridge, around the Sausalito waterfront and Angel Island for an unforgettable sightseeing tour as part of the Golden Gate Bay Cruise. The tour includes a narration with fun facts, legends and stories about the Bay area, and is a great choice for teenagers who want to learn more about key destinations around the coast. The tours last between one and two hours. As of 2009, cruise ticket prices for teens 17 and under were $16, and teens 18 and older paid a fee of $22.

Red and White Fleet Tour
Pier 43 1/2
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 673-2900

Article Written By Sabah Karimi

Sabah Karimi is a professional Web and print copywriter. She specializes in several niches including travel, fashion, beauty, health, fitness, lifestyle and small business. Karimi has an educational background in business administration and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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