Oracle Park#16 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants have been calling this stadium home since 2000, playing host to multiple World Series games. Oracle Park is regarded as one of the most scenic baseball parks in the United States for its picturesque placement along the San Francisco Bay. The majority of attendees are afforded prime views of the glittering water from their seats all the while being able to enjoy one of America's greatest pastimes.
Although baseball season runs from April to October, the stadium holds tours year-round (except on game days), providing a behind-the-scenes look at the field, dugout, the press box, luxury suites and more. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the World Series trophies and rings, which are on display on the Promenade Level behind home plate.
And if you're in town the same time the Giants are, visitors strongly recommend attending a game. Travelers say the energy at the park is incredible, largely thanks to the team's dedicated fan base. And make sure to come to the park on an empty stomach. Attendees laud the vast amount of dining options and superb food quality, often citing Gilroy garlic fries and Sheboygan bratwursts as favorites. If you can't score a ticket to the game, you can still get a piece of the action with the help of The Portwalk. The Portwalk is a pedestrian path that runs along the waterfront that allows spectators to peep a game at field level for up to three innings or longer for free (depending on the crowd size that day). Visitors to strongly suggest bringing a jacket – regardless of the time of year – and taking public transportation instead of driving, as parking is limited.
Oracle Park is located in SoMa (South of Market) and is easily accessible by BART train (Powell Street or Montgomery Street stops), Muni metro or bus. Tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. rain or shine except on game days and holidays. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger; tours last about an hour-and-a-half. Game times and their ticket prices vary, so check the MLB website to plan ahead of your visit.
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#1 California Academy of Sciences
Attention all traveling families: recent visitors said this is the perfect place to bring kids in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences brims with plenty of things to see, including an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and even a rainforest.
The Steinhart Aquarium is home to about 40,000 animals representing more than 900 different species, including a penguin colony from Africa, a swamp with an albino alligator, a shark lagoon and a separate 100,000-gallon tank that mirrors the ecosystem of the California coast. Meanwhile, the Osher Rainforest houses 1,600 animals, including 250 free-flying birds and about 100 reptiles and amphibians in its four-story complex. The Morrison Planetarium is known for its 75-foot-diameter screen, which screens "Tour of the Universe" shows daily. And the Kimball Natural History Museum boasts dinosaur fossils, an interactive science exhibit and a unique earthquake simulator.
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