My son and I went to pick my daughter up from her ballet summer intensive at Joffrey Ballet School in San Francisco. My mom met us out there, and we decided to arrive a couple of days early to be tourists. My mom and I had actually been there with my daughter a few years ago, but it was my son’s first trip.
On our first day in the city, we wanted to take my son to the California Academy of Sciences because he loves all things science. He especially loves space and already knew everything in the planetarium show and then some. At ten years old. Anyway, he still loved it. We were not prepared for how long it was going to take to see everything and how crowded it would be on a Thursday. So, we did not get to see the earthquake or rainforest exhibits. The rainforest looked amazing. Due to the lines and the number of exhibits, I’d plan on spending a whole day there if I were to go back again.
One of the things I like to do when I am playing tourist is to take a bus tour around the city. I feel like it is the best way to quickly get a feel for the whole city rather than just the few blocks around my hotel. The last time we were in San Francisco, we had a great tour. This time we took the Yellow Bus Tour, and I can’t give it a rave review. The two tour guides we had were not very good. The bus, however, was clean and took you all around the city where you could hop on and off as you wanted. Plus, it was really inexpensive. My son rode for free, and it was buy one get one free on adult tickets. So, we all rode for under $50. I can’t complain too much. We didn’t have much time to visit other stops since we spent most of the day at the California Academy of Sciences. They do go across the Golden Gate Bridge, and that was one of the highlights of the day other than the planetarium.
The next day we explored Fisherman’s Wharf. The aquarium and the sea lions on Pier 39 both got the “seal” of approval from my son. Then, we had to go move my daughter out of her dorm and attended her performance at San Francisco State University. They have some pretty amazing arts facilities.
On our last day, we took a tour bus over to Sausalito and the Muir Woods National Monument. We chose a tour from San Francisco Comprehensive Shuttle Tours, and it was great. My daughter and I chose to hike down into the park (one of the tour options), and my son and mother decided to just walk around inside the park on the walkways. Seeing the park was one of my bucket list items, and I had fun checking that one off the list. After our time in Muir Woods, we went back to Sausalito and took the ferry over to San Francisco. It was a nice ride, and there were even some humpback whales hanging out near Alcatraz Island!
All of us really enjoyed our time in San Francisco. Unfortunately, it was soon time to return home and face the 35-degree increase in temperature that was waiting in Mississippi.