SF is basically like a huge amusement park if you stay near the bay. It's actually pretty fun. Here's some things to do if you plan to visit SF:https://www.pier39.com
- Pier 39. It's a mini-boardwalk. Dozens of shops and restaurants, it's a nice little place to just chill for fun. If you're going to eat there I recommend Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co.https://www.exploratorium.edu
- The Exploratorium. There's an entrance fee, but it's pretty cool if you like science type stuff. There's a lot of interactive exhibits that you can play with. It's a blast.https://www.aquariumofthebay.org
- The SF Aquarium. It's a huge aquarium that houses a lot of wildlife and is set up in a really cool way. I haven't been there myself in a long time but I remember the last time I was there it had some really awesome exhibits.https://www.ripleys.com/sanfrancisco/
- The Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. This is a pretty neat little stop that let's you walk through quite a few exhibits featuring oddities and strange little stories.http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com
- The infamous SF Chinatown. This is hit or miss, it generally has some really interesting shopping experiences but is often really crowded and hard to get to by car. If you're going to visit Chinatown expect to do a lot of walking. Still though, something to check out just to say you did.http://sfjapantown.org
- A little less known is SF Japantown. It's like a smaller version of Chinatown that is mostly themed around Japan. You can get authentic Japanese ramen, and check out the MASSIVE two story Japanese Book Store - Kinokuniya https://usa.kinokuniya.com/stores-kinokuniya-san-francisco/
the bottom floor is all anime and manga. The top store is more traditional Japanese books, magazines and other things. Really fun to look around and great if you're an anime fan.http://www.museemechanique.org/
The Musee Mechanique - Tucked away in the corner of the pier is this retro arcade that features not only arcade cabinets but also old mechanical entertainment pieces from the age before video and film were even a thing. If you like video games or just old mechanical doodads it's a really cool place to check out. I just found out about this place recently.https://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
- Alcatraz Island and the Ferry tour. I'm putting these together because they're both kind of related. You can visit the iconic Alcatraz Island prison and also take a ferry tour around the bay on a huge double decker ferry. It's kind of pricey for tickets though, so just be aware of that.https://www.sfmoma.org
- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. If you like art, this is a fun thing to check out. It's a multi story art museum with some neat exhibits.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure if you Google stuff about SF's entertainment you can find more stuff you might be interested in.
Mostly just stay out of the residential/college districts and you'll be fine.
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