Five Totally Free Things to See and Do While Visiting San Francisco

San Francisco California

The Best Free Things To Do In San Francisco, California

Anyone that has followed my articles knows that I enjoy visiting locations that offer value for the money. Nothing is further from the truth when it comes to traveling with the family. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind spending money in order to enjoy my time with family while on vacation.

San Francisco California
San Francisco California

But I also believe that some of the best times in a vacation spot can be experienced free of cost. With a little research, you’ll be surprised at what you can do and see absolutely free. The same applies to cities such as San Francisco. Below is a list of my five favorite things to see and do while visiting San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge in California
Golden Gate Bridge in California

This iconic San Francisco landmark is one of the most visited spots among tourists. One of the main reasons for its popularity is the fact that it represents the city in spirit, movies, and numerous disasters that it became part of. While driving is the easiest way to get across the bridge, I recommend a walking tour. A number of guided walking tours are offered that provide interesting facts about the bridge.

Golden Gate Park

Japanese Garden at Golden Gate Park
Japanese Garden at Golden Gate Park

This San Francisco park is much larger than New York’s Central Park and in my opinion every bit as impressive. The park offers visitors an endless variety of things to see and do. So prepare to spend a considerable amount of time at the park to take everything in. More than 13 million visitors come to visit the 1,017-acre park each year. Some of the outstanding attractions not to be missed include the Japanese Tea Garden, Botanical Garden, the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, Herschell-Spillman Carousel, and the Dutch Windmill.

Cable Car Museum

San Francisco Cable Car Museum by Frank Schulenburg via Wikipedia CC
San Francisco Cable Car Museum by Frank Schulenburg via Wikipedia CC

Children of all ages will certainly find this museum fascinating, particularly those of us that grew up with these famous cable cars. This unique museum certainly provides visitors with a good amount of education and enjoyment. Family members will be intrigued by learning all about these cable cars that have become a trademark of San Francisco’s transportation system. This is one museum that should be on your list of things to see.

San Francisco Fire Department Museum

San Francisco Fire Department Museum photo by Bruce Stark Cfer via Facebook
San Francisco Fire Department Museum photo by Bruce Stark Cfer via Facebook

There isn’t one person that I can think of that at one time during their lifetime didn’t think of becoming a fireman. If you are one such person or have children that always wanted to imagine what it would be like to be a fireman, then this museum is for you. Besides providing visitors with a significant amount of historical records and artifacts, the museum offers periodic recreational and educational functions.

San Francisco, California Travel and Tour Packages

Searching for the best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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