Art in San Francisco: de Young Museum Ticket Discount

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San Francisco’s thriving arts scene is one of the biggest draws of this vibrant and eclectic city. The Bay Area’s first big manifestation of its artistic prowess came in the 50s and 60s at the height of the Beat Generation. While Eastern philosophy was gaining popularity through Alan Watts and his contemporaries, Allen Ginsburg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and their posse were taking the poetry world by storm. Meanwhile, artists in the visual realm began to enter the West Coast’s thriving cultural arena. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism movement on the East Coast, visual artists such as Bruce Conner and Jay DeFeo set out to experiment with cross-disciplinary approach to art. Collages, experimental films, and sculptures assembled with “found” materials. By the 60s, many other artists had become popular oi the scene. This artists circle included the likes of Wayne Thiebaud, … [Read more...]

Best San Francisco Restaurants

Best San Francisco Restaurants

San Francisco has a lovely, diverse dining scene that is as eclectic as its arts scene. Just to give you a little “taste” of the city’s dining options, we’ve put together a list of the best San Francisco restaurants in few different categories to appeal to a variety of diners -- from veggie foodies to families with kids. We’ve also listed a few nearby attractions for each restaurant, to give you an idea of the neighborhood and to allow you to incorporate your meal plans into a larger itinerary of your day. For Families Park Chalet www.parkchalet.com 1000 Great Highway San Francisco, CA 94121 American open-air dining with a great view Nearby Attractions: Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, Legion of Honor Scoma’s Restaurant www.scomas.com Al Scoma Way San Francisco, CA 94133 Tasty, fresh seafood Nearby Attractions: Fisherman’s Wharf, Wax Museum, S.S. Jeremiah … [Read more...]

Summer in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

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The San Francisco Bay area’s attractions are plentiful and varied, but by far the most well-known attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge. Declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the art deco-style suspension bridge is known around the world as the symbol of San Francisco. On your trip to the City by the Bay make sure you get the best view of the awe-inspiring attraction by taking a voyage aboard the Golden Gate Bridge Cruise. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is an incredible and unique experience. On this Red and White Fleet cruise, you’ll sail right under the 742-foot tall Bridge, providing ample opportunities for interesting photographs – the perfect souvenir! Not only does a San Francisco Bay cruise offer the best view of the Bridge, it also helps you avoid the crowds. With 10 million annual visitors, the Bridge is pretty packed – especially in the … [Read more...]

Cheap San Francisco Attractions Tickets

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San Francisco is known as one of the most enlightened and enthralling cities in the U.S., but it’s also known as one of the most expensive. That said, there are always ways to save money no matter where you go. Here are a few suggestions for things in the city that can help you save a buck – or two – and some ideas about places to get Go San Francisco Card Attractions Discount Tickets. Although other chains may come to mind on 7/11, fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A is attempting to corner the holiday market on July eleventh by celebrating Cow Appreciation Day. On 7/11, customers who come to Bay Area Chick-fil-A restaurants while dressed up like a cow will be awarded a free meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (For costume ideas, think black-and-white spots, cow bells and furry ears.) If you can’t get a full get-up together, throw on a partial outfit and receive a free … [Read more...]

San Francisco Summer Events 2014

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Summer is the season for street festivals in San Francisco, which means that visitors to the Bay Area are in for a taste of the city’s charming eccentricities. In addition to the many cultural and “just for fun” celebrations that flow into the streets, San Francisco attractions play host to numerous outdoor activities and indoor exhibitions. Summer is a great time to visit because the weather is actually cooler than in many parts of the country—while still warm enough to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Northern California.   Notable Festivals Get your summer started this June on Saturday June 7th with the Union Street Festival, the first street fest of the season, in its 38th year. The free festival is one of the largest arts festivals in the country, and this year’s event features themed “worlds” (like “Technology” or “Crafts”) on every block. The … [Read more...]

San Francisco Tourism Discounts

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Whether you consider San Francisco a favorite vacation destination or your only images of The Golden Gate City are ones you gathered from re-runs of Full House, you’ll find that the city’s unique flare and eclectic mix of people and attractions will keep you captivated for the entire duration of your trip—however long that may be! Old cable cars, Victorian “Painted Ladies,” and historic Fisherman’s Wharf contribute to San Fran’s picturesque charm, while landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will leave you in awe. Although San Francisco is becoming known for its rising cost of living, tourists needn’t be too concerned, as San Francisco tourism discounts are in abundance, and many events are free or offered at a low cost. For the most popular San Francisco attractions, you can use a Go San Francisco Card or Go Select San Francisco Pass to obtain big … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season at California Academy of Sciences

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The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is equipped with all the makings for a most festive winter season celebration at 'Tis the Season for Science! An educational and exhilarating experience for the whole family, and included in your Go San Francisco card, a visit to this 412,000 square foot green museum is a must-see! Interactive Reindeer Discovery Explore the extraordinary traits that enable reindeer to stay warm and survive in harsh conditions, observe their behavioral patterns for finding food, attracting mates, and traveling father each year than any other land mammal. You’ll have the opportunity to feel the unique insulating properties of reindeer fur, see the world through a reindeers eyes in an ultraviolet light simulator, control the growth of reindeer antlers, and discover the physics behind how reindeer run. You’ll also meet two five-year-old, … [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...]

School Trip Ideas and Deals

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Now that Labor Day is over and you’ve stowed all those white clothes away until next year, it’s time to start focusing on the fall. Football season is starting, baseball season is coming to a close and the kids are headed back to school sooner rather than later. Sometimes the transition from summer fun back to the real world can be a rocky one. Make it a little easier by seeing if your kids are going to be heading on any fun school trips early on in the year. If not, here are a few suggestions about places that offer School Trip Deals that are exciting as well as educational. Students in the Boston area will probably get a kick out of taking a Plymouth Plantation Tour. Massachusetts is full of historical cities and Plymouth certainly qualifies. One of the original places in the U.S. where industry flourished and free trade was encouraged, Plymouth offers visitors a chance to … [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...]