Earlier we presented The Ultimate LA Summer Bucket List here on the blog. Now we’re ready to grab our bags and head north to San Francisco. Though, if Karl the Fog has his way, we may need to pack a few less swimsuits and a few more scarves. No matter what, San Francisco is a fantastic summer destination. Whether you live in the heart of the City, across the Bay, down the coast or out of state, these items should be on the top of your San Francisco Bucket List.
Walk the Labyrinth at Lands End
With the calming sounds of crashing waves and tranquil ocean views, this is the perfect spot for a relaxing summer stroll.
Warm up on a typical “SF summer” day with an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe
When the fog rolls in, what better place to warm up than at the US birthplace of the Irish Coffee? Grab a seat at the bar and watch how their production line can serve up 2,000 glasses a day. If coffee isn’t your thing, head to La Oaxaqeña for a cup of Mexican hot chocolate or Outerlands for a Ginger Lemon Apple Cider with Bourbon.
Catch a Free Movie in the Park
Pack a blanket, pick up your best friends and go to Dolores Park, Washington Square Park or Union Square to enjoy classic films and new favorites under the stars. Forego the popcorn and hit the food truck scene or bring your own gourmet picnic. If you’re lucky, the Tamale Lady will stop by.
Serve Up a Game of Tennis with a View
Alice Marble Tennis Courts in Russian Hill are free, open to the public and first come, first serve. It can get a bit windy at the top of Russian Hill, which may throw off your game, but the views of downtown, Alcatraz, the Marina, and the Golden Gate Bridge will more than make up for it.
Go on an Ice Cream Tour
For a city that rarely gets traditional “ice cream weather,” San Francisco sure has a lot of delicious ice cream to choose from. But don’t worry, we have the best shops mapped out for you. Start in Dogpatch at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous then proceed to the Mission for Humphry Slocombe, north to Hayes Valley for Smitten Ice Cream, cruise through the Haight and stop at Three Twins, then head to NOPA for Bi-Rite (and a shortly slighter line than their Mission location) before ending up in Cole Valley at the Ice Cream Bar where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a boozy ice cream concoction.
Spend the Night in Jail
Have you seen Alcatraz under the cloak of night? Night tours are limited in capacity so they are less crowded. Plus, tours start with a sunset boat ride across the Bay so you get two tours for the price of one.
Enjoy a Free Concert Under the Eucalyptus
The admission-free Stern Grove Festival is one of San Francisco’s longest running institutions. Get there early, claim a good spot and enjoy free tunes in Golden Gate Park. And since Stern Grove is also an outdoor recreation complex, grab the proper equipment and play tennis or croquet, pitch horseshoes or toss a Frisbee.
Cheer on the Giants from McCovey Cove
Attending a Giants game is a summer no-brainer in San Francisco. So change things up and check out a game from the Cove. No matter how you get there – kayak, stand up paddle board, private boat or hovercraft – McCovey Cove is one of the most unique places to cheer for the home team. While you’re there, say hi to local legend McCovey Cove Dave.
Get a 360-Degree View of the Bay Area
At 788-feet, the highest point on Angel Island (Mount Livermore) is a 2.5 mile hike from Ayala Cove. Once you reach the top you’ll be greeted by views stretching from the Presidio to the Headlands, Alcatraz Island, Mount Tam, Mount Diablo, Treasure Island, the San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge.
Listen to the Sounds of the Wave Organ
Located on a jetty in the Bay across from the Marina Green, the Wave Organ is a wave-activated acoustic sculpture. Head over during sunrise or sunset and begin or end your day with the sounds of the bay.
What’s on your San Francisco summer bucket list?