San Fran things to do...

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    Jan 17, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Any suggestions for fun, quirky, romantic things to do in San Fran?
    Headed there tomorrow for a few days and want to do something beyond the ordinary tourist spots.
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  • steven_patter...

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    Jan 17, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    My partner & I lived in SF together for 14 years (moved to Manhattan about 5 years ago) and one of our favorite bizarre things to do was to go to the Musee Mecanique. This is a collection of antique arcade games and other wonders from the old Playland on the Beach (ever seen LADY FROM SHANGHAI?). It used to be in a space beneath the Cliff House out on Ocean Beach, but when they started major renovations out there a few years back, the whole shebang moved to Pier 45 Shed A on the Embarcadero near Fisherman's Wharf. GREAT old stuff - I was always particularly fond of the music machines. I don't think there's any admission charge, but bring a roll of quarters. If you'd like to check it ourt further to see if you might be interested in going there, they're on the webb at www.musee mecanique.org.
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    Jan 17, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    There are great museums (the new Academy of Sciences is amazing) and some good shows on now. Wandering the many great neighborhoods is also a lot of fun. They are so varied and very close to one another. Try the Mission, the Fillmore, Hayes Valley, the Haight, Union Street, and of course the Castro. There are many more. Also, Golden Gate Park is great on the weekends when the weather is nice. They close the main road and it's full of people roller blading, biking, dancing, whatever. It's a fun place to be.
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    Jan 17, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    One more thing. On a nice day, riding a bike or walking from downtown to the Marina Green and flying a kite (or just watching the other kites), is really amazing. Then continue onto Fort Point under the GG Bridge. The bridge, the bay, Alcatraz, Marin, it's all beautiful.
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    Jan 17, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    I just visited there last month and it was a lot of fun. Definitely go to the Academy of Sciences as msldup said. Be sure to go early so you can get tickets into the planetarium show. My boyfriend and I got there around 10 or 11 and they were handing out tickets for the 3:30 show so we had to wait around for a long time. By 1:00 all the tickets for the rest of the day had been given out, so be sure to get there early and get your planetarium show tickets right when you get there.

    Something that I thought was pretty fun was the Exploratorium. It's hard to explain, it's kind of like a museum, but all of the "exhibits" are interactive and designed to teach you something about science. It's mostly kids in there, but since I'm like a big kid and a science geek, it was perfect for me. My boyfriend didn't really like it, so it's not for everybody, but it's an idea.
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    Jan 17, 2009 11:42 PM GMT
    Walk the GG bridge, go out for dim sum at Ton Kiang, have drinks at the St. Regis in the early evening, day trip to Napa/Sonoma for wine-tasting, spa at Kabuki Springs or Calistoga for hot mud baths, etc., take a run through GG park, have dinner at sunset at The Cliff House, go to the farmers market on saturday at the Ferry Building, hike around Mt. Tam, go to the Chez Panisse Cafe for a leisurely lunch, ...
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    Jan 17, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    Go to the top floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Sansome, then visit the glass walkway between the two hotel towers. Some of the best views in the city and nobody goes there. Shhhh. Don't tell too many people or they'll get wise.
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 18, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    I think walking around the Castro, having dinner at Catch, coffee and dessert somewhere, and enjoying the other people out for the night can be very romantic.

    There is also a great walk along the bay, over in Tiburon, the view is incredible.

    A drink at the One-Up Bar, in the Hyatt on Union Square, is also incredible.

    Lunch at the Palace Hotel, in the Garden Court is one of the best dining and visual experiences.

    have fun!
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    Jan 18, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    The weather being what it is right now, you could head to Baker Beach and see some really odd and quirky things.

    As far as romantic goes, you could take a class at One Taste and learn how to have multiple orgasms. It is quirky but definitely an experience to remember.
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    Jan 18, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    Actually, it's not very "quirky" if you define "quirky" as "uncommon", but if you haven't seen Beach Blanket Babylon, you should. It's one of the two tourist things that I actually recommend to tourists (the other being the Alcatraz audio tour).

    More quirky is the Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium. It's on my tour for visiting RealJockers and so far it gets a big thumbs up. If you ever wanted to experience what if feels like to be a blind insect, this is the place for you. Not a place for those afraid of the dark, however.

    The steamroom at the Castro Gold's gym will either thrill you or scare the bejesus out of you, depending on your personality.

    I second the Musee Mecanique reco, and GG park on Sunday as well. Check the disco roller skaters at 6th ave and Kennedy, and the drum circle on Hippie Hill, both active on Sundays.

    San Francisco is actually so full of "quirky" that you're going to get that just by walking around and gawking the people.

    Let us know what you ended up seeing!
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    Jan 18, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    I used to live there - and here is what I still love to do when I'm there:
    * Surf Ft. Point
    * Tennis at Alice Marble Tennis Courts / atop Russian Hill
    * Run the Russian Hill steps
    * Hike up and down Nob and Russian Hill
    * Run the GG Bridge
    * Play frisbee with my buddies at the Marina Green (no shirts!)
    * Run the Lyon Street steps (Pacific Heights)
    * After dark: Drinks at the Top of the Mark
    * Dinner at the Big Four (one of the corner tables)
    * Dinner at Farallon on Post Street (o.k. or a hundred other great places!)
    * Spend the night with someone special - in a high rise overlooking the bay.