San Francisco Winter Events

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With February averages around 60 degrees Fahrenheit; San Francisco offers a mild climate that serves as an oasis for visitors from all parts of the world! As a host to world-class museums, booming events, and a variety of entertainment options, San Francisco is the ultimate city to beat winter blues while still sporting your favorite sweater! So which type of San Francisco retreat is right for you and your travel companions?   The Getaway: If you’re looking to get some fresh air, relax, and enjoy the spoils of sipping on your favorite wine under the sun, the Wine Country Tour is the perfect plan for you! Conveniently departing from San Francisco, you’ll be transported to the gorgeous Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Northern California wine country to sample premium wines, learn the insider scoop on production techniques, and take in the sensational sights. The fall and winter … [Read more...]

Batkid saves San Francisco

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The Make-a-Wish Foundation in  San Francisco created an entire day catered to 5-year-old cancer patient Miles Scott's dream, inspiring waves of good feelings and donations for the foundation and even getting President Obama to issue his inaugural Vine via Twitter. Miles asked Make-a-Wish to allow him to spend a day saving the city of San Francisco from a variety off issues while pretending to be caped crusader Batkid. Miles’ day began with having the San Francisco Chronicle's entire front page dedicated to him and it only got better from there. The young boy, who finished his treatments in June, also got to drive his own Batmobile, save a damsel in distress, foil the Riddler's robbery and rescue the San Francisco Giants mascot (who calls AT&T Park home) from the Penguin. As if that wasn’t enough to feel good about, Miles’ cancer is in remission. The Make-a-Wish … [Read more...]

Family Things to do in San Francisco

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There are so many things to do in the City by the Bay that your family is probably going to have some differing opinions about how to spend their time. Put an end to any minor disagreements by investing in the San Francisco Family Attractions package. The San Francisco Family Attractions discount package by Smart Destinations saves a family of four over $75 at Aquarium of the Bay, California Academy of Sciences, AT&T Park & a Bay Cruise! A nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, the Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium and its iconic location on PIER 39 boasts two magnificent crystal clear tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained Bay water filled with around 20,000 marine animals. The Aquarium of the Bay’s newest exhibit, Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, opened on Friday, June 28. The exhibit, which features … [Read more...]

Aquarium of the Bay Discount Tickets

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Located at on PIER 39 at the Embarcadero at Beach Street, Aquarium of the Bay is slightly off the beaten path in San Francisco, but it is well worth the trip. Known as one of San Francisco’s top attractions, be sure to save on admission to the Aquarium of the Bay and places like the California Academy of Sciences and   Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with a Go San Francisco Card discount attractions pass. Save money and skip lines! Many visitors to Aquarium of the Bay start off their experience by checking out Discover the Bay, a combination of eight exhibits featuring different and distinctive ecosystems that support an incredibly wide variety of marine life. Featuring over a thousand aquatic animals - including the bright orange Garibaldi, green moray eels, anchovies and rockfish of varying colors - this exhibit will make sure you walk out knowing more than you did when you walked … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s Annual Architecture and the City Festival

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September in San Francisco is nationally known for its warm, dry days—perfect for ample sightseeing and beach-going. This first month of fall is also recognized in the Bay Area as a time to celebrate San Francisco’s diverse and exceptional architecture with the annual Architecture and the City festival, now in its 9th year running. Since its founding in 2003, the Architecture and the City festival has quickly become the largest architecture and design festival in the nation. During the entire month of September, San Francisco locals and visitors are invited to explore the area’s architectural feats through tours, films, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and more. Through these opportunities, the curious public will learn about the ways in which design “permeates, informs, and connects” the city. In particular, focus is placed on the creative and eco-friendly architectural … [Read more...]

Just a Sprint Away from Race Day

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There’s hardly a city more perfect than San Francisco to play host to a marathon event. Perhaps that’s why the San Francisco Marathon draws 25,000 runners and over 100,000 spectators to the city each summer. This year, the races—hosted once again by Wipro—will take place on July 29th. The 26-mile main event loops around the magnificent city, starting at the Embarcadero. Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Haight Street, the Mission, and AT&T Park are just a few of the spectacular attractions marathoners will by pass by as they make their way towards the finish line back at the Embarcadero. Of course, enthusiastic spectators line the streets and landmarks during the event, adding a particularly festive atmosphere to the day. Runners and spectators alike will be treated to the joyful sounds of several local bands and musical … [Read more...]

Find Familiar Faces at the Fisherman’s Wharf Wax Museum San Francisco

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Inspired by the wax figures at the Seattle World’s Fair way back in the 1960's, the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf brings a little celebrity flair up from Los Angeles and rounds out the area’s attractions, adding a different element to the typical cable car and sightseeing tours San Francisco has to offer. Here’s what’s going on now at the Wax Museum San Francisco: Glamour Girls & Sports Heroes The Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf embraces the nearby Hollywood culture in its Glamour Girls Exhibit, where you can rub elbows with actresses, singers, and Academy award-winners with much less security than you would in Los Angeles. The exhibit features such famous ladies as Britney Spears, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts. If you’re looking for the guys, you should check out the Galleria of Sports Heroes to see a set of famous faces. … [Read more...]

What To See at San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay

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On San Francisco’s PIER 39, tucked just under the shadow of the Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill on Fisherman’s Wharf, sits the Aquarium of the Bay. Check out what’s going on in this 50,000 square foot aquarium – the sharks promise not to disappoint! Sailing Film Festival This year, the Aquarium of the Bay is kicking off the inaugural Aquarium of the Bay Film and Lecture Series, which will focus on topics such as the San Francisco Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and issues affecting the world’s fragile marine ecosystems. Starting Friday, February 24th, the Aquarium will be presenting the Sailing Film Festival in its newly renovated Bay Theater at Pier 39 – the series will feature sailing stories from Cape Horn to Nova Scotia, and will include guest appearances from select America’s Cup team members. Tickets are as low as $10, and they go on sale February 1st. Getting Closer to … [Read more...]

Peter Pan’s Magic Comes to Town

If you're for new kid-friendly things to do in San Francisco, look no further. Our friends at "Only in San Francisco” are offering $15 off all Peter Pan tickets July 1-4, 2010. With this offer, you can celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with an all inclusive “Neverland” experience – deemed “the theatrical event of the summer” for a discounted rate. The show comes to the Bay Area straight from London and provides a spectacular new stage production of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. This classic story is being performed on the Embarcadero acorss from the Ferry Building (no pun intended) in a state-of-the-art, 1,350-seat theatre pavilion. In addition to live actors, the show uses a first of its kind 360 degree projector to give the audience the sensation of flying with Pan and the Children above Victorian London. The special offer (a $95 value) includes a Price Level 1 … [Read more...]