Lombard Street

#24 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
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Key Info

Lombard St.

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Fans of zigging and zagging and charming thoroughfares will appreciate Lombard Street, an exceptionally crooked street in northern San Francisco. Victorian mansions line the street, while beautiful flowers and landscaped shrubbery fill the space between its eight switchbacks. While the road runs from east to west for the length of the city, the portion between Hyde and Leavenworth streets is the section worth exploring.

Travelers can walk along each direction of Lombard Street, or opt to drive down it instead. The top of this iconic road boasts stellar views, though recent travelers still express mixed opinions on whether the heavily trafficked street warrants a visit. One tip travelers recommend: Taking the cable car to the attraction, which stops at the top of the hill (at the intersection of Hyde and Lombard streets). From the elevated view, you can gaze at the winding street as automobiles queue up for the quick drive down. You'll find Lombard Street just south of Fisherman's Wharf; it's free to 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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