8 Free Things to Do in San Francisco

by - March 04, 2018

Being a well-known tourist destination, San Francisco has a lot to offerthere is something for everyone in this beautiful hilly city. Surely there's a long list of things to do and places to check out, but this listmy listonly consists of the free things I did during my brief visits to SF. You know what they say: the best things in life are free. And honestly, I'm not the type to pass up these things, haha. Disclaimer: transportation fees are not included. How To Get Around San Francisco

1. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Whether by foot or by car, this icon of San Francisco is worth crossing. This massive suspension bridge, which connects San Francisco to California's northern counties, took five years to be constructed. 

2. Visit the Coit Tower

Standing on the summit of the historic Telegraph Hill, the Coit Tower provides 360-degree views of the city and bay. There is an entrance fee to reach the observation deck though. But the views shown below were photographed from the outside. 

Hours: 10am-6pm (May through October); 10am-5pm (November through April)
Elevator Entrance Fees:
Senior (62+)$4$5
Youth (12-17)$4$5
Child (5-11)$2$2
Child (4 & under)FreeFree

3. Explore the Piers

Home to many restaurants, stores and attractions, the piers are must-visit places in SF. Some of the notable ones are the Fisherman's Wharf, the Exploratorium and the sea lions at Pier 39. 

4. Have a Photoshoot at the Palace of Fine Arts 

I have read somewhere that the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most photographed places in SF. Rightfully so, its majestic Greco-Roman-inspired architecture is totally Instagram worthy. *wink wink* It was originally built for the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exhibition held in San Francisco; now it is available for corporate events, private galas, trade shows, weddings, and other events in need of a large space.

5. Window Shop at Union Square

The real thing, however, can be quite expensive. 

6. Go Graffiti and Mural Hunting

Where to find them? Most of them are concentrated in Mission District. Just stroll along the streets and for sure, you'll find a gem. 

7. Discover Castro District

Castro District was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the US, settled by gay servicemen discharged from the US Military during World War II for their sexuality. Today, it still remains as one of the centers of LGBTQ+ activism and events in the world. 

8. Walk Around and Get Lost

It is a feast for the eyes. Visit the famous crooked Lombard Street and Painted Ladies in Haight-Ashbury (not shown below).

9. Eat!

Yes, this one's not for free. But who doesn't eat? If there's one thing I will surely splurge on, it will be food. The top-rated restaurants usually have long lines (as shown below-that was for Mama's) so be sure to bring lots of patience (and snacks) with you, haha.

Mama's (American) for breakfast
Burma Superstar (Burmese) for lunch
Bar Crudo (Seafood) for dinner

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