We’ve all heard a lot about the fact that the recent government shut down is causing some popular tourist attractions, national parks, and monuments to close for the indefinite future. In San Francisco, this unfortunately affects Alcatraz Island, which will be closed for tours for the duration of the shutdown. However, there are still plenty of popular San Francisco attractions that you can enjoy during your visit — including the Escape from the Rock Cruise, a tour around Alcatraz Island that’s equally informative as a stop inside and is a better photo-op to boot.
If you’re interested in arts and culture, San Francisco has some of the best art-friendly attractions around. Visit the nationally renowned de Young Museum for one of the finest collections of American painting on the West Coast, or stop by the SFMOMA for work and performances by emerging artists. Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most popular neighborhoods in San Francisco and there is also plenty to do there for visitors from dining and shopping to visiting the famous Fisherman’s Wharf Wax Museum. This is one area of San Francisco where you’ll find dozens of historical sites and scenes that haven’t been affected by the government shutdown.
For families who love science, nature, and exploration, there’s no better place to be than the California Academy of the Sciences. With exhibits, conservation work, and animals across four rain forests, an aquarium, and more, you’ll practically need to spend days in there to truly explore it all. The Aquarium of the Bay is another excellent option for animal lovers, and it provides a unique perspective on the diverse marine life of the San Francisco Bay. Or, you can enjoy the Bay with a variety of cruises and tours, each of which is a great way to enjoy the temperate San Francisco Fall, including the ever-popular Golden Gate Bay Cruise.
Travelers to San Francisco will also enjoy exploring the sites and sounds of the City by the Bay with the perennial favorite San Francisco Trolley Tours — conducted on what is arguably the most famous historical transit system in the country. So don’t worry about the government’s problems getting in the way of your vacation to San Fran – there are tons of exciting San Francisco attractions to keep you busy.