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San Francisco: A Fall Paradise

Autumn is undoubtedly the most exciting time to visit San Francisco. As the weather becomes warm and the skies get clear, people take to the streets to revel in the outdoors. Even the wine country spruces up with the annual grape festival in swing. It’s a great time to embrace the things that make this coastal town so charming! Here are some unique ways to experience SF, this fall.

Exploratorium After Dark

San Francisco’s number one attraction for kids becomes a playground for adults after dark! Grab a drink and explore the over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science, including a pitch-black dome, a surreal fog bridge, a massive kaleidoscope, mind-bending mirrors, and more. Or try one of their adults-only events exploring topics like beer brewing, the science of humour, history of lasers and more.

Arcade Games at Musée Mécanique

For a truly unique experience and a throwback to the 70s, try Musée Mécanique on Pier 45. From hand cranked music boxes to vintage arcade machines in their original working condition, Musée Mécanique has a collection that is sure to take you down memory lane. A great place to visit with the family and relive the days before televisions and computers took over our daily entertainment!

Sake and Soak at Onsen

This Japanese-inspired bathhouse offers delectable dining and a curated selection of sakes and teas, along with a traditional communal bath, sauna and steam. If you are looking to relax and rejuvenate, start with a soak in the 104-degree communal tub and follow it up with a course of sashimi, skewers, and dumplings, over scintillating sakes.

Island Escape at East Brother Lighthouse

This little-known Victorian lighthouse and inn is just a 30-minute drive followed by short boat ride from downtown San Francisco. Active since the late 1800s, the restored and historic lighthouse offers a unique dining and B&B experience that seems a world away from the city lights. With just the occasional seagull for company, it’s a great spot to spend some refreshing time alone.

Bonus Tip: Free Admission Days at Museums

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Whether you’re an art, history, or any type of buff, the first week of August is a great time to be in SF with several museums offering free entry! On Aug 8, there will be no cost of admission at the Conservatory of Flowers, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, the Museum of Craft & Design, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. And the Asian Art Museum is offering free admission on Sunday, Aug 4.

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