17 Things To Do In San Francisco If You're In A Rut
Tired of the same burritos and hikes? Here's how to shake up your weekends.
Where: 554 Fillmore at Fell (Lower Haight)
Get your sk8rboi on at this renovated church. In addition to public skating hours, lessons are offered every Saturday at 1 p.m.
Laugh your face off at a
Where: SAFEhouse for the Arts, 1 Grove St. (Civic Center)
Every Friday and Saturday, this hilarious and talented group of actors attempt to get through 30 mini-plays in 60 minutes.
Have brunch at the gorgeous
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Where: 2 New Montgomery St. (Soma)
This beautiful hotel, established in 1875, also serves up a fancypants brunch on Sunday afternoons. (It's a bit pricey, and you have to make a reservation, but it's the perfect special occasion splurge.)
Where: 56 Ross Alley
See where the, well, cookies get made at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Entrance is free, but it's nice to tip. Bonus: you get free defective cookie samples.
Learn to make fresh mozzarella, vertical terrarriums, soy candles, and more at
Where: 1798 McAllister St. (Nopa)
Get your hipster DIYer hat on at Workshop, where for about $60 you can learn to make anything from craft cocktails to soap. Beware: you just might discover your next favorite hobby.
Where: Departs from Union Square
Hop on this whimsical tour bus for a tour of San Francisco's rich hippie history, including a mystical "LSD trip" and a stop at Hippie Hill. Also perfect for when you have out-of-town guests.
Take a rowboat or paddleboat for a spin around
Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park.
Where: 50 Stow Lake (near the longitude of 19th Ave.)
For $21.50/hour (row boats) or $27/hour (paddle boats), you can cruise around the lake and under some cool bridges. There's also a small café on site in case you're jonesing for a snack afterwards.
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Where: 780 Mission St. (Downtown)
Head to the tippy top floor of the 39-story Marriott Marquis and sip an Old-Fashioned as you gaze out at skyscrapers. (The drinks are a bit pricey, obviously, but well worth it.)
Check out PUG SUNDAY at Alta Plaza Park.
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Where: Alta Plaza Park (Jackson & Steiner)
It's the first Sunday of the month from 1-4, and like, why do you even need convincing to go?
inline skates and go rollerblading through Golden Gate Park with the wind in your hair.
Where: Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate, 3038 Fulton St.
Contrary to what some very uncool people might say, rollerblading is still very hip and on-trend and a great way to see the park.
Where: 755 Frederick St. (Inner Sunset)
Want to try your hand at flying trapeze, aerial, acrobatics, trampoline, or juggling? You can get an intro pack of five beginner classes for $99. (There's also a "clown conservatory" at the center, if you're one of those people who's not terrified of clowns.)
Where: 1100 California St. (Nob Hill)
A gorgeous Episcopal church, Grace Cathedral features both an indoor and outdoor labyrinth. The outdoor one is available 24/7; indoors, you can stop by from 6 – 8 pm on the second Friday of each month for a special candlelit meditation service.
Summon up your inner daredevil and go hang gliding over Fort Funston.
Where: Fort Funston (you know where it is).
Big Air Hang Gliding, you can soar (in tandem) over the ocean with a GoPro in tow. Just pray for a clear day!
Or even scarier, come face-to-face with creepy mechanical dolls at the
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Where: Pier 45 (Fisherman's Wharf)
For a super fun date idea: Play vintage arcade games for about 50 cents a pop and gawk at old electronics in the free museum.
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Where: 398 Eddy
Discover the oft-forgotten history of one of SF's most iconic neighborhoods, including the Blackhawk Jazz Club, the Wally Heider Studios and LGBT landmarks.
Go on a
Sea Forager Tour and get hands on with SF's sustainable fishing industry.
Led by San Francisco native and passionate fishmonger
Kirk Lombard, you'll learn how to catch crabs, fish for eel with a poke pole, identify edible seaweeds and cast a Hawaiian fishing net.
Where: Pier 40 (south of the Ferry Building)
Rent a kayak, canoe, surfski, or stand-up paddleboard at this downtown outpost. (Pro tip: sign up for a twilight kayak tour!)
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