If you’re spending summer in San Francisco, you’ll want to make the most of the warm weather, outdoor sights and the chance to get out onto the water. It’s the perfect time of year to meet the sea lions on Pier 39, ride a bike across Golden Gate Bridge, and catch a baseball game.
Here are our top things to do this summer in San Francisco…
Hang out with the seals at Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is a year-round tourist hotspot, but there’s no better time to hang out by the waterside than summer. Greet the friendly sea lions who live on Pier 39, chow down on some clam chowder at the Boudin Bakery, and enjoy the arcades and attractions in the area. There’s even a secret tiki bar called the Luau Lounge at the end of Pier 39, which is the perfect place for a tropical cocktail or two.
Day Route – Red Route, Stop: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
Go to a Giants game
Summer in San Francisco means baseball season, so if you’re travelling to the city between April and October, don’t miss the chance to catch a home game. Book your tickets to AT&T Park, known as the ‘greenest ball park in the US’ to watch the San Francisco Giants in action. It’s not just about the sports here – this place has so many food options to try while watching a game. There’s everything from savoury porcini doughnuts and fried Brussels sprouts to crab sandwiches and deep dish pizza. Tuck in.
Take a wine tour
Two of California’s famous wine regions are within day-tripping distance of San Francisco. When the weather’s looking fine, it’s the perfect time to try some local wine! Take a trip up to Napa and Sonoma Valley to explore the estates, learn all about the wine-making processes and, of course, taste a few (or more). On a trip to Sonoma Valley you’ll also get a chance to stop at the historic town Sonoma Square where you can nab some souvenirs from the boutique shops and browse the local art galleries.
Cruise around the bay
Summer is the perfect season to explore San Francisco Bay and see the sights from the water. Hop onto a Red & White Fleet's 1-hour Bay Cruise and you can relax and enjoy the ride while spotting the city landmarks. You’ll drift past the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco waterfront, while an award-winning audio guide will detail the city’s history and fun facts.
On your bike
Want to feel the fresh San Francisco air in your hair as you whizz up and down those famous steep hills? Take a bike tour of the city sights and epic waterfront to experience San Francisco from a different perspective. You’ll feel just like a local as you zoom around the urban landscape spotting street art and skyscrapers. And, you’ll get to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, which is the best way to experience this iconic structure.
Hang out in the Golden Gate Park
Take a break from city sightseeing to enjoy the glorious green space that is Golden Gate Park. This 1,000-acre park is, surprisingly, bigger than New York’s Central Park and is filled with recreational areas, walking trails, playgrounds and even museums. De Young Museum is a must-see for art lovers – it holds 1,000 pieces of fine art, including sculptures and paintings, and has its own observation deck where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge. Elsewhere, you’ll find an eclectic mix of sights including a Chinese Pavilion, Japanese Pagodas, an American Bison paddock, Dutch windmills and several fake waterfalls.
Day Tour – Red Route, Stop: Golden Gate Park
Ready for summer in San Francisco? This city comes to life in summer with events, festivals and a buzzing atmosphere. Be sure to make the most of the waterfront sights and gorgeous green spaces when the weather is warmer. Check out our bus routes for even more city inspiration.