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Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

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Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

We are a family of parents with two teenage sons. We will be in San Francisco for 3.5 days in February without a car. We want to tour Alcatraz, walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 and explore the neighbourhoods including Haight-Ashbury, Mission and Chinatown. We also have tickets to some night sports events. We are fit and love walking.

We will be arriving on a Saturday night, touring Sun-Tues and leaving on Wed morning.

My question is: which of these activities should we do on the Sunday, and which are best for weekdays?

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1. Re: Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

Well do the bridge on a weekday and the other can be done any day. Have a look at the TOP Questions on what to see and what to do and you can also read a few trip reports. Are you doing the GG Park as well to hike around that area as well as Landsend ?

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2. Re: Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

Thanks. Yes, we will be going to the park and Landsend. I have read a lot of trip reports and planned exactly what we want to see and do.

I'm just wondering if there is a better atmosphere in the waterside places on the weekends, or if they are less crowded and easier to visit on weekdays, if the neighborhoods I mentioned are too busy on weekends or too quiet on weekdays, that kind of thing.

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3. Re: Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

Some neighborhoods are very busy on a weekend (with the exception of holiday weekends then people tend to take off).

The 76X-Marin Headlands runs only on weekends so I would suggest doing your bridge walk on Sunday to take advantage of this bus. It goes over the bridge (and up into the headlands if you'd like to take in Point Bonita Lighthouse or other sights in the Headlands) so you could take it to the north side and walk back across to the south side. The downside to taking it very far into the Headlands is that it only runs once an hour so you have to be careful about the schedule if you want to take it back.

Here's a suggestion: take the 76X to Conzelman and Kirby Cove. Walk down the hill (maybe a mile) to Kirby Cove which is a lovely spot on the water with an awesome view of the bridge. Not many people (there are 4 campgrounds down there) because of the walk and a lot of people don't know it's there. (There is a gate on the road at the top of the hill but no prohibition on pedestrians.) Then walk back up and you're close to the bridge to walk across. There is a catwalk under the bridge to get to the east side which is the pedestrian side. Don't walk on the west side, that's bicycles only.

parksconservancy.org/visit/…kirby-cove.html (Don't be put off my the description of the trail as "steep" -- it's a hill but on SF standards it's not "steep.")

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4. Re: Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

Rent bikes and ride around Golden Gate park. They close some of the streets to car traffic on weekends. You could also include Haight-Ashbury, and bike over there, as it's right next to the park.

Weather permitting

Edited: 14 August 2013, 17:03
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5. Re: Best activities for Sunday in San Francisco

Thanks everyone.

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