100 Things To Do in San Francisco Before You Die
Whether you are a tourist, a transplant, or a native, we promise you will never be bored in San Francisco with our new list of 100 things to do before you die.
We’ve broken the list up into morning, day, evening and night to help you choose your own adventure. Now get started!
1. Wake up early at watch the sunrise from the top of Bernal Hill. Bring your dog if you’ve got one. (Bernal Heights)
2. Go to the Alemany flea or farmer’s market. (Bernal Heights)
3. Go trail running in Glen Canyon Park. (Glen Park)
4. Swim in Aquatic Park. (Fisherman’s Wharf)
5. Take visitors to Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, where Kim Novak attempted suicide in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. (Marina)
6. Cure your hangover with a Bloody Mary at Zeitgeist on a sunny day. (Mission)
7. Bring Your Own Big Wheel on Easter Sunday. (Potrero Hill)
8. Play tennis at the Alice Marble tennis courts. (Russian Hill)
9. Sip a cappuccino on the sidewalk while the cable car cruises by at Nook. (Nob Hill)
10. Take in the views from seldom-visited Ina Coolbrith Park and listen to the sounds of North Beach below. (Nob Hill)
11. Brave the line at the Swan Oyster Depot for fresh seafood. (Nob Hill)
12. Drive down one of the steepest streets in town – either 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (Noe Valley) or Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (Russian Hill). Both have a 31.5% grade.
13. Nosh on some goodies at Noe Valley Bakery then shop along 24th Street. (Noe Valley)
14. Play a round of 9 or 18 at the Presidio Golf Course. (Presidio)
15. Hike around Angel Island in spring when the wildflowers are blooming.
16. Dress up in a crazy costume and run or walk Bay to Breakers. (Golden Gate Park/Panhandle)
18. Picnic with a view of the Painted Ladies (the Full House homes) in Alamo Square. (Alamo Square)
19. Go on a first date at the Seward Slides. (Castro/Eureka Valley)
20. Swim on the roof top of UCSF Mission Bay. (Dogpatch/Mission Bay)
21. Run, bike, walk, pedicab, or rollerblade along the Embarcadero.(Embarcadero)
22. Lunch among redwood trees beneath the TransAmerica building. (Financial District)
23. Get an Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista Cafe. (Fisherman’s Wharf)
24. See all of your favorite bands (and discover new ones) at Outside Lands Music Festival. (Golden Gate Park)
25. Get a contact high on Hippie Hill with the drum circles and channel the Summer of Love. (Golden Gate Park)
26. Play a round of disc golf at the beautiful disc golf course in Golden Gate Park. (Golden Gate Park)
27. Go to the Conservatory of Flowers then people-watch on the lawn. (Golden Gate Park)
28. On a Sunday, wander through Golden Gate Park when the streets are closed to cars, and cool down at the Twirl & Dip ice cream truck. (Golden Gate Park)
29. Read in the beautiful Shakespeare Garden. (Golden Gate Park)
30. Ogle all of the hip designer boutiques in Hayes Valley. (Hayes Valley)
31. Browse vintage vinyl at Jack’s Record Cellar on a Saturday afternoon (the only day it’s likely to be open). (Lower Haight)
32. Browse hundreds of thousands of books at the yearly Friends of the Library Book Sale at Fort Mason. (Marina)
33. Pick up a sandwich at Lucca and eat it on the Marina Green. (Marina)
34. Go on a burrito tour in the Mission, start with Papalote. (Mission)
35. Cheer for the Dykes on Bikes at the Dyke March during PRIDE. (Mission)
36. Skip the BiRite ice cream line by ordering their insanely delicious soft-serve from the pick-up window a few doors down, then devour it in Dolores Park. (Mission)
37. Educate yourself with the best indie music selection in the city at Aquarius Records. (Mission)
38. Go on a Mission mural walking tour and sate your hunger at Mission Chinese. (Mission)
39. Meditate while walking around Grace Cathedral‘s labyrinth. (Nob Hill)
40. Bike the Wiggle up to the Panhandle then cruise to Golden Gate Park. (NoPa)
41. Eat focaccia from Liguria Bakery on a bench in Washington Square Park. (North Beach)
42. Take a tour around the Beat museum and then visit the City Lights bookstore, the place that first published Howl by Allen Ginsberg. (North Beach)
43. Get a foot massage after your dim sum tour in Chinatown. (Chinatown)
44. Sunbathe on Baker Beach when the temperature rises above 68. (Presidio)
45. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge during the weekend or after 3 p.m. when the bike path is open. (Presidio)
46. Climb all over the ruins of Sutro Baths. (Richmond)
47. Hike along the coast at Land’s End. (Richmond)
48. Sip a Blue Bottle Coffee and soak in the sun on the SFMOMA rooftop garden. (SoMa)
49. Have a midday recess at Beats for Lunch, the monthly midday dance party at Monarch. (SoMa)
50. Check out the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project. (Sunset)
52. Watch a free summer concert amid the eucalyptus trees at Stern Grove. (West Portal/Sunset)
53. Flatten a penny or your favorite beer bottle cap on the cable car tracks.
54. Pay $2 to ride one of the more scenic bus routes end to end (like 24-Divisadero, 36-Teresita, or the F Line).
55. Take your photo with SF resident sign holder Frank Chu.
56. Get a good (and free!) view from the de Young tower. (Golden Gate Park)
57. Admire the architecture clashes in front of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (SoMa)
58. Sip a $5 margarita with your date at El Amigo while waiting for a table next door atEmmy’s Spaghetti Shack. (Bernal Heights)
59. Go to a Sing-a-Long at the historic Castro Theatre. (Castro)
60. Salsa outside to a live band on a Saturday evening at The Ramp. (Dogpatch/Mission Bay)
61. Listen to reggae on the deck of Pier 23. (Embarcadero)
62. Channel Europe while sitting outside on a rare warm evening in Belden Place with a glass of wine in hand. (Financial District)
63. Drink with the fishes (literally) at Academy of Sciences Thursday evening Nightlifeparty. (Golden Gate Park)
64. Celebrating something, anything with oysters and Champagne at Zuni Cafe. (Hayes Valley)
65. Set up a library card at Two Sisters Bar & Books. (Hayes Valley)
66. Get a cocktail and a pretzel at the bar at Absinthe. (Hayes Valley)
67. Get a Russian venik platzka at the Archimedes Banya. (Bayview)
68. Watch a movie with a glass of wine at the Kabuki Theater. (Japantown/Fillmore)
69. Stroll on a neighborhood art walk like Divisadero or Lower Haight.
70. Gallery hop in the Tenderloin during first Thursdays. (Tenderloin)
72. Eat your way through the food trucks at Off the Grid. (Marina)
73. See the year-end holiday decorations on houses and yards at the top of 23rd Street. (Noe Valley)
75. Roast marshmallows and make new friends over a bonfire at Ocean Beach. (Outer Sunset)
76. Head to 7th and Howard to retrieve your towed car from the police impound (it’s only a matter of time). (SoMa)
77. See a free show at Amoeba Records. (Upper Haight)
78. Either ride or get stuck in Critical Mass.
79. Check out the view of our lovely City on the ferris wheel at Treasure Island music festival.
80. Go to Burning Man (at least once).
82. Take a night tour to Alcatraz. (Embarcadero)
85. Plan a first date at hidden Hotel Biron where you can sip red wine over low lights. (Hayes Valley)
86. Sing your heart out at a karaoke bar in Japantown. (Japantown/Fillmore)
87. Collect a free concert poster after a live music show at the historic Fillmore. (Japantown/Fillmore)
88. Go bowling at the Presidio Bowl. (Presidio)
89. Get your money’s worth with one extra large, extra stiff martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives from Blondies. (Mission)
90. Make a movie date with friends at Lost Weekend Video’s new Cinecave. (Mission)
91. Eat a square slice of Golden Boy pizza with your fellow drunks at last call. (North Beach)
93. Get your mind blown at one-of-a-kind sound-installation theater the Audium. (Pacific Heights)
94. Go out dancing at Cat Club Thursday 80s night. (SoMa)
96. Order garlic fries and any number of entrees at a Giants’ game. (SoMa)
98. Prove your smarts at Edinburgh Castle’s trivia night. (TenderNob)
99. Go to as many Noise Pop Festival shows as possible.
100. End up at the End Up in the wee hours once every other bar has closed. (SoMa)