Indoor Activities in San FranciscoNovember 14, 2018
As we continue to keep those affected by the California wildfires in our thoughts, many victims are still missing and you can donate here to victims of the Northern California fires. Fortunately, the rainy season has begun and the beautiful state of California can rebound from the natural disasters sweeping our home. San Francisco is a city that is made for outdoor fun, and it is always disappointing when you can’t hike your favorite trails or sail around the bay on a nice day. Luckily, there are a variety of options for those looking for fun indoor activities in San Francisco on a bad weather day. Also, instead of focusing on well-known indoor activities like The Exploratorium, sporting events, or concerts, we’d like to instead highlight the lesser known activities in The City. Everyone knows about Pier 39, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz, but do you know about the hidden gems in San Francisco? Let’s check 15 of the best out.
Have you ever wanted to play miniature golf inside a bar with full service food and drinks? Golf isn’t just a summer sport at Urban Putt, they are serving up delicious golf themed drinks and food all year long. This is a perfect place to start your night out or even take the kids with you before it is closed to adults only after 8 pm. Head over to the Mission District to check out this spot or any of our Casa Dolores Apartments in the area.
Situated on Jefferson Street at Pier 39, Ripley’s San Francisco is sure to wow you in one way or another. Filled with interactive galleries and mechanisms, this is a perfect place for anyone who can’t keep their hands off museum exhibits (children). Sometimes spooky and even a little weird, this activity is great for anyone who likes things on the strange side.
Is a trampoline too small for your liking? At House of Air, they have transformed an entire airplane hangar into a massive trampoline park. This venue has become very popular with competitive leagues, parties, and corporate events. A great way to exercise while having fun, House of Air is entirely indoors in a temperature controlled room.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge of the world around you, the California Academy of Sciences is a great start. Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, this exhibit includes a planetarium, aquarium, rain forest, natural history museum, and much more. This impressive venue is not just for appearances, the California Academy of Sciences is “a powerful voice for biodiversity research and exploration, environmental education, and sustainability across the globe.”
San Francisco’s Coit Tower is one of the most popular attractions on the peninsula, and the SFFD Fire Museum explains how it came to be. Erected as a monument to remember those lost in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, Lillie Hitchcock Coit donated money to build the landmark after her firefighter husband passed. Head to Pacific Heights to learn more about the tragedy in 1906 and how San Francisco was rebuilt.
If you want to show the kids what video games looked like before Fortnite and Call of Duty, visit this classic Fisherman’s Wharf museum filled with mechanical games. Home to over 300 machines, this location is the largest privately owned collection of its kind in the entire world. Do not worry about WiFi connection, these machines are mostly mid-20th century mechanisms.
Like many historic buildings in San Francisco, this bookstore was built on the grounds of a former site that burned down in the 1906 Fire. Located in North Beach on Columbus Avenue, this venue hosts a variety of well-known authors each year for readings and book signings. If you enjoy browsing the aisles of a historic bookstore, this is the perfect place for you. Known as a more quiet neighborhood, the Telegraph Hill section of North Beach is the location of our 350 Union Apartments next to Coit Tower.
You may never have heard of Punch Line SF, but you’ll definitely recognize many of their past performers. Comics such as Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock, Patton Oswalt, and Dana Carvey all came up telling jokes at this comedy club. Just to name a few…
Located on Mission Street in SoMa right by Trinity Place, City Beer Store is the newest place to try some craft brews in Mid-Market. This venue recently made the move to the area and operates as a bar, tasting room, and bottle shop. Head over to test out their unique beers and bring some home to share with friends.
As you venture to the end of Market Street at The Embarcadero, you will reach the ferry building. This popular transit hub houses ferries that travel to Marin, Angel Island, Oakland, Vallejo, and the South Bay. If you aren’t looking to float around the bay on a bad weather day, The Ferry Building is the perfect place for foodies. With ice cream shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, bakeries, and much more, you are sure to leave with a full stomach.
Opened in 2014, San Francisco is the 17th city to open an installment of the world-famous museum. Positioned further down The Embarcadero in North Beach, this wax museum is a great place to take pictures with your favorite A-list celebrities. You can view world leaders, musicians, and even famous local athletes like Joe DiMaggio and Tom Brady.
Naming only one brewery to visit in San Francisco would be just plain disrespectful. The craft beer market here is fantastic and we’d highly recommend checking a few of these places out:
- 21st Amendment Brewing
- Fort Point Beer Company
- ThirstyBear Organic Beer
- Black Hammer Brewing
- Cellarmaker Brewing Company
- Local Brewing Co.
- Barrel Head Brewhouse
- Black Sands Brewery
- Standard Deviant Brewing
- Anchor Public Taps
- Social Kitchen & Brewery
- Woods Cerveceria
- Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room
- Magnolia Brewing Company
- Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company
- Almanac Tap Room
- Harmonic Brewing
- Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery
- Laughing Monk Brewing
The City by The Bay has long been famous for its delicious sour dough bread. Carved into a bowl and filled with authentic clam chowder, this dish is a delicacy on cold San Francisco afternoons. If you visit Boudin Bakery in Fisherman’s Wharf, you will be able to see how the famous bread is made and what makes it so special.
No matter your age, Disney characters are something everyone can enjoy. This museum is located in The Presidio near The Golden Gate Bridge and features a 40,000 square foot room outlining the achievements of Walt Disney and his organization. This non-profit venue screens Disney films daily and offers events that cater to both children and adults.
The namesake for the historic and progressive Castro District, The Castro Theatre was built in 1922 and continues to host sing-alongs, music theater, and classic plays to this day. The neighborhood also has a plethora of bars, restaurants, and shopping to enjoy while in the area. The Castro neighborhood is located in the Upper Market area near Mission Dolores Park and our available Casa Dolores Apartments shown below.
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