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Things To Do in San Francisco

San Francisco Activities Overview

San Francisco

Fun things to do in San Francisco include a scenic seaplane tour of San Francisco Bay, daring to go Great White Shark viewing at the notorious Farallon Islands, or enjoying high speed thrills on a jet rocket boat. Other fun activities in San Francisco include hot air ballooning, whale watching, sailing charters, bike rentals and more. Whether it be a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley or cable car tour of the city, San Francisco has plenty of fun things to do.

Things To Do in Wine Country

Wine tasting tours and services are available for visiting wineries in Wine Country without having to drive. Choose from a luxury automobile or limousine with your own private driver to group shuttle buses or a tour on a converted San Francisco Cable Car. Visit everything from micro-boutique wineries to chateaus and huge castles. Get behind-the-scenes access to wineries that the general public doesn't normally experience. Some wine tasting tours include picnic lunches and pick-up & drop-off service from local hotels.

  • Napa Winery Shuttle
    Napa, California 94581
    (707) 257-1950
    Map  |   Website

  • Platypus Wine Tours
    101 S Coombs Street
    Napa, CA 94559
    (707) 253-2723
    Map  |   Website

  • Napa Valley Wine Trolley
    1436 Second Street
    Suite #305
    Napa, CA 94559
    (707) 252-6100
    Map  |   Website

  • Napa Adventures Luxury Wine Tours
    Sonoma, CA 95476
    (707) 531-7133
    Map  |   Website

  • Beau Wine Tours
    21707 8th Street E
    Sonoma, CA 95476
    (707) 938-8001
    Map  |   Website

  • California Wine Tours and Transportation
    4075 Solano Avenue
    Napa, CA 94558
    (800) 294-6386
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Calistoga Balloons is located at the intersection of Highways 29 and 128. Help your crew in getting your balloon to rise with the sun to heights from 500 to 10,000 feet. Float above vineyards and chateaus with the wind as your co-pilot. Enjoy a complimentary champagne brunch afterwards to celebrate the flight. Meet at the Calistoga Railroad Depot or arrange pick up from a local hotel. Passengers are shuttled back to origination points after the flight.

Calistoga Balloons
Calistoga Railroad Depot
1458 Lincoln Avenue
Calistoga, CA 94515
(888) 995-7700

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Napa Valley Aloft balloon image courtesy Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Napa Valley Aloft is found north of Napa in the upscale wine town of Yountville. Passengers meet at the V Marketplace off Market Street. Soar between 1,000 and 3,000 feet above Napa Valley in a 3½ to 4-hour hot air balloon ride. See corduroy vineyards, Mt. St. Helena, the Mayacamas Mountain Range and the Vaca Range. Enjoy a post-flight champagne breakfast. Free shuttle is available to those staying in Yountville and other Napa Valley towns for a small fee.

Napa Valley Aloft
6525 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-4400

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St. Helena Cyclery is located off Highway 29/128 in Downtown St. Helena. Rent a bike and tour Wine Country at your own pace. St. Helena Cyclery rents high quality hybrid bikes, road bikes and bikes with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Pick up from their shop or have delivered to your hotel. All rentals include a helmet, rear rack, water cage, rear bag, map, kickstands and flat repair kit.

St. Helena Cyclery
1156 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7736

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Napa Valley Bike Tours

Napa Valley Bike Tours is situated off Highway 29 in Downtown Yountville. Napa Valley Bike Tours offers bike rentals and several bike tour options for exploring the Napa wine country. Choose to cycle along the country roads, through vineyards, or combine your ride with a hot air balloon ride or spa treatment. Self-guided tours are also available where points of interest, delis and wineries are all planned for you already.

Napa Valley Bike Tours
6500 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 251-8687

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Balloons Above the Valley is found in Napa near the intersection of Highways 12 and 29. Soar above the Napa Valley in a seven person wicker basket. Help your crew in getting your balloon to rise with the sun to heights from 500 to 10,000 feet. Float above vineyards and chateaus with the wind as your co-pilot. Share a "balloonist toast" to commemorate your epic adventure. Vehicles carry passengers back from the landing zone.

Balloons Above the Valley
603 California Boulevard
Napa, California 94559
(800) 464-6824

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Napa Winery Shuttle offers excursions to some of the Napa region's favorite wineries while riding in stylish comfort. Wineries include Rubicon, Andretti, Beaulieu Vineyards and more. River excursions are also offered aboard electric Duffy boats that navigate the Napa River.

Napa Winery Shuttle
Napa, California 94559
(707) 257-1950

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Sonoma Bike Tours is located off Highway 12 in downtown Sonoma. Sonoma Bike Tours offers bike rentals and several bike tour options for exploring the Sonoma Valley wine country. Choose to cycle along the country roads or through vineyards. Self-guided tours are also available where points of interest, delis and wineries are all planned for you already.

Sonoma Bike Tours
520 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-2453

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Seaplane sightseeing flights depart from Sausalito with a complimentary pick-up service from Pier 39 in San Francisco. View major attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison and Muir Woods National Park from the air. Flights last from 30 to 40 minutes and provide rare photo opportunities. Consider chartering your own flight to the Ceago Winery in Lake County. They have a seaplane accessible dock and feature Tuscan architecture with fields of lavender. A seaplane tour is one of the more unique things to do in San Francisco.

San Francisco Seaplane Tours
Sausalito Harbor
Sausalito, California 94133
(415) 332-4843

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The Land Trust of Napa County works to protect the land in Napa Valley by connecting the people with the land. They acquire land for future preservation and organize public activities and volunteer work days. Work days include creating new trails, maintaining existing trails, invasive plant removal, road maintenance and more. Activities include hikes to peaks, waterfalls, lakes, moonlight hikes, photography hikes, owling hikes, canoe & kayak paddles and much more.

Land Trust of Napa County
1700 Soscol Avenue
Suite 20
Napa California 94559
(707) 252-3270

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Things To Do in San Francisco

Red and White Fleet

San Francisco Bay cruises are offered by both the Red and White Fleet and the Blue & Gold Fleet. Travel in comfort to Alcatraz Prison, Sausalito, Tiburon, or under the Golden Gate Bridge to name just a few of the offered destinations. Dinner cruises and themed events are also offered. Cruises depart from the heart of Fisherman's Wharf at Piers 43½ or 41. Bay cruises are among the more popular things to do in San Francisco.

Red and White Fleet
Pier 43½ Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 673-2900

Blue & Gold Fleet
Pier 39 Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 773-1188

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photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises is located on Pier 3 at the Ferry docks near Interstate 80. They offer dinner and lunch cruises aboard luxury vessels. Choose from several different options that can include views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, Sacramento Delta and more. Menu choices may include Spinach Basil Gnocchi, Pollo Borracho & Carnitas, Asiago Caesar Salad, Polynesian Chicken Noodle Salad and much more. Hornblower Cruises are fun things to do in San Francisco.

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Pier 3, Hornblower Landing
San Francisco, CA 94111
(888) 467-6256

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Great White Shark Viewing is available from a few charter services throughout San Francisco. Head out to a protected marine preserve at the Farallon Islands for a glimpse of these mysterious monsters of the deep. Choose to view them from a shark cage or from the deck of a large, safe vessel. Trips range from half-day to full-day cruises aboard well-equipped fishing boats, complete with restrooms, galley and indoor seating. Cruises pass beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and often encounter pods of whales as a bonus. Great White shark viewing is one of the most unique things to do in San Francisco.

SF Bay Whale Watching
10 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 331-6267
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California Whale Adventures
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
(650) 579-7777
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Segway Tours

Segway tours are offered by two separate tour companies in San Francisco. Join a guide and hit the streets with other Segwayers as you visit some of San Francisco's most interesting sites including Golden Gate Park and Sausalito. Instruction is provided.

Electric Tour Company
757 Beach Street - Rear Parking Lot
San Francisco CA 94109
(415) 474-3130
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City Segway Tours
505 Beach Street
Suite 50
San Francisco, CA 94133
(877) 734-8687
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Adventure Cat cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge

Adventure Cat offers sailing charters aboard 55' to 65' catamarans. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz Prison, out for whale watching or many other sites. Sailing tours are fun things to do in San Francisco.

Adventure Cat
Pier 39, Gate J
San Francisco, California 94133
(800) 498-4228

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Rocket Boat is found next to Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf. This is the ride for thrill seekers as you strap in for 30 minutes of rocket speed boating through the San Francisco Bay while rock-n-roll is blasting. Whiz by ferry boats as you head for the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Alcatraz Prison with a few 360's and hard 90's on the way. Rocket Boat is among the adventurous things to do in San Francisco.

Rocket Boat
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 773-1188

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Cable Car

Catch a Cable Car from various locations throughout the city. San Francisco Cable Cars run along Powell, Mason, Hyde, and California Streets with short runs along Jackson and Washington Streets. Travel from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf passing many of San Francisco's most interesting sights and regions like Nob Hill, Chinatown and the Cable Car Museum. Be sure to witness the cable car turnaround at one of 5 end points of the cable car lines. Riding on San Francisco Cable Cars is among the top things to do in San Francisco.

Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 474-1887

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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Path

Bike rentals are available from multiple operators and locations throughout the city. Tour the Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Sausalito, or ride the bridge so you can say you did it. Many bike types are available including road, comfort, mountain, tandem and even electric bikes for tackling the steep San Francisco hills with ease. Rent by hour or by day. Biking is one of many fun things to do in San Francisco.

Bay City Bike
1325 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 346-2453
Map  |   Website

San Francisco Bicycle Rentals
425 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 922-4537
Map  |   Website

Bike and Roll
353 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 229-2000
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Blazing Saddles
465 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 202-8888
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2-person surrey bike

Wheel Fun Rentals features two locations in San Francisco. They rent unique bicycles including 2 to 6-person Surrey bikes, beach cruisers, road bikes, kids bikes and more. Look for them along bike paths in touristy locations. San Francisco locations include the bike path between Marina Green and Fort Mason and Golden Gate Park next to the boat house at Stow Lake. Biking is one of many fun things to do in San Francisco.

Wheel Fun Rentals
Stow Lake Drive East
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 668-6699

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GoKart Racer is located south of San Francisco off Highway 101. Situated just south of the San Francisco Airport, GoKart Racer features indoor kart racing in custom Honda-powered karts. Reach speeds of up to 35 mph on your choice of two different race tracks. Tracks are sometimes combined to form the longest indoor kart track in the US. Sessions available from 10 to 20 minutes. Kart racing is one of the fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

GoKart Racer
1541 Adrian Road
Burlingame CA 94010
(650) 692-7223

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Things To Do in the East Bay

iFly Indoor Skydiving is found off the 880 Freeway between Hayward and Fremont. iFly offers a skydiving experience without the danger of falling thousands of feet out of the sky. Step into their vertical wind tunnel and float on a cushion of air. Safety gear and instruction is provided prior to flight. Indoor skydiving is among the adventurous things to do in San Francisco.

iFly Indoor Skydiving
31310 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 489-4359

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Things To Do in the South Bay

K1 Speed is found off Highway 101 from Bowers Avenue. K1 Speed offers electric indoor kart racing in high speed go karts. The combination of tight, technical corners, a wide straight, smooth asphalt track and karts approaching speeds of 40 mph make this a thrilling adventure. K1 Speed can accommodate groups for special events and parties. Also offered are a snack bar and arcade games. Kart racing is one of the fun things to do in San Francisco with kids.

K1 Speed Santa Clara
2925 Mead Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 338-0579

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All Regions

Horse racing is hosted year round at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley. Enjoy a day in the sun while watching beautiful race horses compete. Place a wager and maybe win enough to pay for your vacation. Horse wagering can be among the more lucrative things to do in San Francisco. MORE DETAILS


Horseback riding stables are available from the sandy beaches of the Sonoma Coast to the lush forest of Coast Redwood State Parks. Whether looking for a ride along a babbling creek in wine country or a meander through Golden Gate Park, San Francisco has stables to suit your interest. MORE DETAILS


Lakes with boating, fishing, water-skiing and more can be found throughout the San Francisco. A few of these lakes also offer camping. MORE DETAILS


Kayak rentals, kayak tours and kayak lessons are offered in San Francisco from Lake Berryessa to Lake Del Valle. In addition to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular activity. We also provide info for stand-up paddleboard rentals, paddleboard tours and paddleboard lessons. Explore lakes, harbors and secluded coastline. MORE DETAILS


Golf courses are abundant in the San Francisco region from wine country to Morgan Hill and Half Moon Bay to Antioch. San Francisco offers everything from executive courses to several challenging championship courses. Golfing is one of the challenging things to do in San Francisco. MORE DETAILS


Whale watching is a quickly growing activity as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching expeditions are offered from every harbor along the California coast. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. MORE DETAILS


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