Along with New York City, London and a few other places, San Francisco has a reputation as being one of the priciest cities in the world. Although San Fran’s rep is at least somewhat justified, there are certainly ways to enjoy the city without breaking the bank. One way to save money while you are in the top city in northern California is by taking advantage of all the savings that the San Francisco Attractions Pass has to offer. Another was is by utilizing these suggestions for stupendous free things to do in San Francisco.
Mob The Museums
San Francisco has a plethora of unique museums that you won’t find anywhere else and a number of them are completely free. The Wells Fargo History Museum is dedicated to the history of the Gold Rush and it features fun, historical artifacts like gold nuggets and a working stagecoach. Another place where you can take a free ride is the one-of-a-kind San Francisco Cable Car Museum. With a number of antique cars (including the very first one from 1873) and other cool exhibits, the museum will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S.’s only mobile landmark – the San Francisco Cable Car. A shrine to the brave men and women who have kept the hills of San Fran safe and blaze-free over the years, the San Francisco Fire Department Museum displays vintage equipment that bas been used by the SFFD. Memorabilia at the free museum includes hose tenders, steamers and photographs. Besides free museums, the Go San Francisco Card from Smart Destinations is another good way to save cash!
Drive The 49-Mile
The famous 49-Mile Scenic Drive through San Francisco features 49 famous locations like Chinatown, Twin Peaks, Lake Merced, Mission Dolores, Fisherman’s Wharf and Fort Mason Center. If you get hungry during the drive, stop off for a picnic lunch at Marina Green and check out the activities that are going on in the water, including yacht races, windsurfing and sail boating. Maps of the drive are available at the SFCVB Visitor Information Center at 900 Market Street. The drive is free; you’ll just have to pay for the gas! In addition to the drive, the Go Select San Francisco Pass also has discounted attractions that you might like.
Meander To The Mecanique
Located at Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf, Musee Mecanique is one of the world’s largest privately-owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines. The collection is comprised of more than 300 items, ranging from orchestrions and coin-operated pianos to antique slot machines and vintage arcade games. Take a stroll down memory lane and see what people were doing for fun before video games and television became so prominent. Admission is free, although it will cost you if you want to play any of the games. (Don’t worry; they run on coins so it won’t cost much.)
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