Craft Beer Tours
If you're a foodie exploring San Francisco, you should consider adding a craft brewery tour to your itinerary. That's because San Francisco is considered one of the craft brewery capitals of the USA. Not only will you find local and regional brews at bars and restaurants here, but there's also plenty of craft breweries worth visiting as well. You can visit the breweries on your own, but considering San Francisco's vast culinary scene, it's best to go with an expert to make sure you're sipping the best of the best.
There are a number of tour outfitters that specialize in brewery tours around the city. SF on Tap stands out for its neighborhood-themed brewery tours, one of which is in the famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. You can also combine any of their brewery tours with a tour to Alcatraz. Another popular tour outfitter is Vantigo, which transports visitors in a classic Volkswagen van to three local breweries. For those who prefer to walk the streets of San Francisco, consider Bay Area Brewery Tours.
Travelers who went on brewery tours thoroughly enjoyed their experiences, but do warn that these tours aren't cheap. If you're not a beer lover, it's best to sample local brews on your own. These outfitters charge between $79 and $99 for tours, which each include an expert guided tour and beer tastings at the selected breweries. Hours vary by tour outfitter.
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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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