Attractions in San Francisco

Aquarium of the Bay
Right on the waterfront beside Fisherman's Wharf, this small aquarium features two huge tanks filled with sea creatures found in the waters of the bay. The fish are colorful. Visitors should have their cameras in hand. Tours take about 30 minutes. A section for touching the marine life is fun for young and old.

Fay Park
This little park on Nob Hill is right off Lombard Street on Leavenworth Street. The park is charmingly landscaped with walkways, roses, and two Victorian-style white gazebos. A nice place for pedestrians to browse or bring a picnic lunch, people often book the park for outdoor weddings.

Fisherman's Wharf
One of the city's best-loved attractions, Fisherman's Wharf is located at the water's edge on Jefferson Street about 5 blocks up from Lombard Street. Street performers, sea lions to watch and many restaurants and shops are found at this famous place. Although in need of a face-lift, the area is a place to walk, see the sites of interest, and view the Bay.

Fort Mason Center
This former post of the United States Army is now a venue for special events, weekly small theatre performances and other activities related to the arts. The waterfront property and historic campus provides excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. About 3 or 4 blocks from Lombard Street, currently Fort Mason is connected to the Golden Gate Recreation Area. A wonderful gift shop on the property is the perfect place to get a wide variety of souvenirs of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Octagon House
On the corner of Gough and Union Streets, this small and attractive historic house is a museum featuring some fascinating Early American documents and artifacts. Friendly volunteers who love the history of America and of this house give guided tours. While donations are welcomed, admission is free.

San Francisco Art Institute
On Chestnut Street and Russian Hill, the San Francisco Art Institutes is only a block from Lombard Street. This small art college is the oldest art institute on the West Coast of the United States. Set in an old Spanish Mission-style house, the school has a gallery with a stunning mural by Diego Rivera. An ever-changing student art gallery is always an interesting place to visit to browse the new artists' works.