There’s never a shortage of things to do in San Francisco, with an abundance of culture paired with wonderful weather it’s no wonder San Francisco is one of the most popular places to visit this summer.
If you’re looking for things to do in San Francisco in August 2018, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…
- The Exploratorium
- de Young Museum
- Jewish Contemporary Museum
- Wine Country Tour
- and more…
Save on Attraction Admission
Regular admission to a number of these popular San Francisco attractions are included on the Go San Francisco® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
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Please note, the seasonal events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Francisco Card.
If you want a bigger list of seasonal events, then check out our suggested things to do in San Francisco in the summer.
Exploratorium Open on Mondays
Summer 2018 (ends September 3)
The Exploratorium has extended their hours during the summer and will now be open on Mondays in addition to their regular hours.
The museum also added evening hours on Thursdays from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm for visitors 18+ years of age and Friday (July 6-August 31) evenings from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm open to all ages.
Learn, explore and, be fascinated by this unique museum.
Getting In: Exploratorium tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Cult of the Machine at the de Young Museum
March 24, 2018-August 12, 2018
Explore Precisionism, a style characterized by structured and geometric compositions popular in America in the 1920s and 30s at this fascinating temporary exhibit, Cult of the Machine.
This exhibition includes works by notable artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, and more.
Getting In: de Young Museum tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
California’s Great America
Head to California’s Great America for a fun-filled day of amusement park fun. From roller coasters to water slides, California’s Great America is one of the best place to spend a hot August day.
Getting In: California’s Great America tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Wine Country Tour
The tour leaves from Downtown San Francisco and heads to Wine Country by way of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Once in Wine Country, sample some of the world’s finest wines and also learn about the production of the wines.
Getting In: Wine Country Tour tickets are an included option on the Go San Francisco Card Build Your Own Pass.
Escape from the Rock
This cruise takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circles around the infamous Alcatraz.
On the way you will hear chilling accounts of attempted escapes and the notorious inmates that were housed in Alcatraz.
Getting In: Escape From the Rock tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Rent a Bike
Choose from a variety of self-guided bike tours, depending on what you would like to see around the city.
You can ride ocean side or take a more urban ride, see the most famous sites or go for a more adventurous experience; self-guided tours give you the flexibility to see the parts of the city you want to.
Getting In: One All-Day Bike Rental tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Madame Tussauds San Francisco
For a totally unique way to experience San Francisco history, head to Madame Tussauds.
With seven different themed areas that range from Hollywood classics to sports to music and even Bay Area entrepreneurs and historic figures, you’re sure to find your personal fav.
Getting In: Madame Tussauds San Francisco tickets are included with the Go San Francisco Card.https://www.smartdestinations.com/blog/san-francisco-4th-of-july/
San Francisco Dungeon
Experience 200 years of San Francisco history at the San Francisco Dungeon, a fantastically campy attraction that combines hilarious scares with fascinating historical context.
Start on the part thrill ride, part theatrical performance, and be totally immersed in the spectacle. Get a feel for Alcatraz prison life while seeing if you have what it takes to escape ‘The Rock’ as you plunge into the depths of San Francisco’s underground.
Getting In: San Francisco Dungeon tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in San Francisco in August.
Remember, many of these great attraction options are included on the Go San Francisco Card, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the seasonal events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Francisco Card.
Consider adding a few of these fun options to your August vacation itinerary.