Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Meet our African penguins and watch them swim, waddle, and dine—our webcams stream live from the Academy 24/7.
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the history making 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay.
Come visit the wonderful exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum that aims to inspire you and help you discover great works of art from a variety of Asian cultures that have enriched our City and planet.
San Francisco City Hall Docent Tour Program provides guided tours to the public. The tours are approximately one hour in length. The sign-up location for tours is located at the Docent Tour kiosk, near the Goodlett Place lobby next to the elevators. Reservations are required for larger groups of eight or more and must be made four weeks in advance to allow for scheduling. A fee is charged for private groups of eight people or more. There is no charge for school groups from the elementary-high school level.
Experience the joy of science at the Exploratorium through a unique mix of science, art, and human perception. The Museum is a place where your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and a finer understanding of how our world works.
The Historic Fisherman’s Wharf District of San Francisco is home to PIER 39, Ghirardelli Square, Anchorage Square, the National Maritime Museum, Historic Hyde Street Pier, breathtaking views and so much more.
Welcome to the Golden Gate Bridge! The Bridge connects San Francisco to California’s northern counties. With its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, signature International Orange color, and Art Deco styling, it is a sensory experience featuring color, light, and sound. With more than 10 million annual visitors, be ready for crowds (especially during the summer) and changing weather conditions.
One of the most visited parks in the nation.
Hiking, running, site seeing, Golden Gate Bridge, some of the best photography.
Head to PIER 39 to explore a variety of attractions exclusive to The PIER. Sail the Bay aboard one of PIER 39’s many water attractions, then discover 20,000 local sea creatures at Aquarium of the Bay. You can also enjoy free daily shows by local street performers at the smartwater Stage, as well as musicians in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza. Sea Lion web cam.
Visit the SF Botanical Garden to discover more than 8,000 plants from all over the world. A place where the bond between people and plants is as natural as the history that binds us.
Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants.