Attractions: What not to miss while visiting San Francisco

February 1, 2009

Find out what to do in your free time while visiting San Francisco

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Alcatraz Cruises - Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Cruises is exclusive operator to Alcatraz Island. The National Park Service operates the island. Cruises start at 9:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Evening tours are offered Thursday through Monday.
Alcatraz tours depart from Pier 33.
For more information:
(415) 981-7625
http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/

Aquarium of the Bay - Fisherman's Wharf
Encounter 20,000 marine animals while strolling through 300 feet of clear tunnels. Touch sharks and rays. Open daily: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Children under 3, free. Prices and hours subject to change.
For more information:
(415) 623-5300
http://www.aquariumofthebay.com/

Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
At Pier 39, check out a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 14 bayview restaurants and attractions for all ages, including the famous sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.
For more information:
(415 705-5500
http://www.pier39.com/

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker -East Bay
Take a free public tour of the factory to learn how chocolate is made and partake in a delectable chocolate tasting. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6: p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed-toe shoes required. Reservations recommended.
For more information:
(510) 981-4066
http://www.scharffenberger.com/

Boudin at the Wharf - Fisherman's Wharf
In the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, this new facility enables guests to view the 5,000 square-foot bakery in action. Immerse yourself in the history of sourdough French bread. Complimentary tasting of bread included with tour.
For more information:
(415) 928-1849
http://www.boudinbakery.com/

Conservatory of Flowers - Golden Gate Park
At the living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants from around the world, count on being engaged physically, intellectually and emotionally. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information:
(415) 666-7001
http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/

Metreon - Yerba Buena
At Metreon, an entertainment center at Fourth and Mission streets in downtown San Francisco, the 350,000 square-foot complex features a mix of the Bay Area's best restaurants, shops, theaters and entertainment destinations.
For more information:
(415) 369-6002
http://www.metreon.com/

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