SAN FRAN

There is too much to say about San Francisco and I’m a bit worried that this blog entry will turn into a novel if I try to cover it all. So I’m just going to list my recommendations:

TRAM
No trip to SF would be complete without a trip on the tram from the Powell St turntable up and down the hilly streets to Fisherman’s Wharf. The queue at Powell Street can be really long. [Insider tip: if you walk up Powell Street a couple of blocks, there are a couple of tram stops where the tram picks up extra passengers. The queues at these stops are shorter, but you’ll probably have to stand for the journey.]

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EXPLORATORIUM
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ Brilliant museum which is like a modern version of the Launchpad at the Science museum in London but bigger and better – so many things to play with! While you’re in the area, you can also stroll through the foodie http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/

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CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
http://www.calacademy.org/ A great museum set in the Golden Gate Park. There is a rainforest dome, a planetarium, a small soft play area, an aquarium, and an albino crocodile! There is so much to see and it is superbly laid out.

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GOLDEN GATE PARK
A huge, beautiful park. We rented bikes and cycled around. The park is closed to traffic on Sunday mornings. There is a good playground towards the south east corner called the Koret Children’s Quarter Playground.

PRESIDIO
Go to Crissy Field for a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are a couple of picnic tables and BBQs here. While in the area, you can also stop by the photogenic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and admire the posh houses in the Marina district.

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Palace of Fine Arts

CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY MUSEUM
http://creativity.org/ We didn’t have time to visit this place (spent too much time in Westfield buying trainers, jeans, and at Lululemon haha) but my friend said it’s a great place to go with young children so I’m adding it to the list.

My other recommendation is to take lots of layers of clothing. The forecast for our trip was warm and sunny but the actual weather was sooo changeable and much cooler. The temperature and weather difference in different parts of the city is mad – they say it changes every 10 blocks but we found it could change even more quickly than that!

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