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August 18th, 2017

5 Free Things 2 Do in SF

Travel Tips

Ready to hear something obvious? Ok, here goes. There are plenty of ways to spend money in San Francisco and have a good time. 

Told you it was obvious. 

But, (prepare for the segway …) do you know what may not be so obvious? There are also plenty of ways to spend #ZeroDollars and also have a gr8 time in SF. 

Don’t believe us? Ok, well now you made us a little upset. Hold on a sec while we calm down … 

Ok. We’re going to prove it to you. And we’re going to do it with not one … 

Not two.

Not even three or four. 

But FIVE things to do in SF that require no credit, debit, cash, or bartering. 

Just show up and enjoy!

 

The Palace of Fine Arts

It’s over 100 years old but it may as well be a thousand years old and from another planet — the Palace of FIne Arts is iconic and beautiful, with Latin inscriptions adorning its walls and swans lounging in its lagoon. Its various walkways are well worth a wander if you’re in SF. It was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to house art exhibits, and, as you can see above, it’s a work of art itself. 

 

Baker Beach

Chances are you’ve seen Baker Beach on a postcard with the glow of a West Coast sunset glittering off the sand and waves, the Golden Gate Bridge radiant in the background. Stop by for a relaxing walk or picnic and take in panoramic views of the bridge and the ocean. Make your own postcards.

 

The California Coastal Trail

While you’re at Baker Beach, you can check out the California Coastal Trail. It’s 1,200 miles long, but don’t worry! You don’t have to do all of it. 

You can hop on the trail near Baker Beach and walk about 2.7 miles through the Presidio. Along the way you’ll see rocky coastal bluffs, great ocean views, and your reward at the end is the Golden Gate Bridge itself.

 

Sea Lions at Pier 39

There’s a lot to see and do at Pier 39 — it’s basically an outdoor shopping mall. But malls aren’t full of free things, and we promised you free things! Well, here you go: check our Pier 39’s famous sea lions. Listen, nobody planned this. The sea lions — up to 1300 of them — just showed up. And because California Law gives marine mammals the right of way, the sea lions basically takeover entire docks and do as they please. But they won’t take your money.

 

Fort Point

Like many historic military fortifications, Fort Point is now filled with sightseers and cameras instead of soldiers and cannons. It was built during the Gold Rush to protect the Bay against foreign invasion. But now it’s a park. Guided tours are free!

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