Coolest Things to Do in San Francisco

Coolest Things to Do in San Francisco
San Francisco is filled with all kinds of cool and interesting things to do, including many exciting outdoor activities, such as hang gliding and paragliding, taking a tour on a Segway or touring any of the islands in San Francisco Bay--Angel, Alcatraz or Treasure Island. If you are looking to have some fun while you are in town, check out the recreational opportunities waiting for you here in the city by the bay.

Hang Gliding

Learn the sport of hang gliding when you take lessons from the San Francisco Hang Gliding Center. You will experience the thrill of soaring in the air and sail in a one- or two-person hang glider around the hills and out over the ocean near San Francisco. Whether you are an expert or a novice wanting to discover what hang gliding is all about, the Hang Gliding Center has professional instructors who can teach you the fundamentals and get you out flying. Classes are kept small to give more personal attention to students and their individual needs. The center also teaches paragliding for those who want to enjoy a little more freedom and have the feeling of parachuting while controlling their direction of travel.

San Francisco Hang Gliding Center
(510) 528-2300

Fisherman's Wharf and Waterfront Segway Guided Tour

Take a two-hour tour along Fisherman's Wharf and the San Francisco Waterfront while riding on a Segway. Offered by the Electric Tour Company, Segway tours take you from the Aquatic Park to the North Beach and Little Italy while seeing sites including Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and the Hyde Street Pier. You will get a 45-minute session on how to maneuver the Segways before the tour begins and your tour guide will tell you about all the sites and their history as you travel to the different areas around the waterfront. There is also an alternate tour originating from the Aquatic Park and traveling to the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding area.

Electric Tour Company
757 Beach St.
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 474-3130

Tour Angel Island

Experience the adventure of exploring Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay. You can get to Angel Island only by ferry boats that leave the San Francisco wharfs regularly for tours to the island. The island is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset each day, and there are many tours available for you to enjoy the scenic locations, according to your schedule and budget. One of the main tourist attractions of the island is Fort McDowell, a camp used largely during the Philippine Insurrection after the Spanish-American War as a processing station for military men and a detention camp for prisoners. The island also features the Cove Cafe, where you can rent bikes and Segways to tour the trails that wind around Angel Island.

Angel Island
(415) 435-3972


Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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