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Explore the Top Things to Do in San Francisco

A Variety Of Activities Right at Your Fingertips

The area surrounding our hotel is overflowing with the top things to do in San Francisco. From shopping to dining to museums, a variety of the best things to do near Union Square are within reach when you stay at Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. Use this travel guide as a resource during your vacation to discover the top San Francisco attractions.

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 581-3500

San Francisco’s acclaimed Asian Art Museum offers visitors a look at various cultures through art, music, dance and tradition. Top exhibits include China’s Terracotta Warriors, textiles from Java and elaborate Japanese art

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000

One of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park and is comprised of three general areas. The Steinhart Aquarium includes a four-story dome emulating the rainforest; the Morrison Planetarium is devoted to all things astronomical; and the Kimball Natural History Museum houses a popular African Hall as well as a variety of changing displays covering a broad spectrum of subjects.

California Palace of the Legion of Honor

100 34th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-3600

A smaller-scale version of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris, the Legion of Honor is a renowned fine art museum in Lincoln Park. The Legion of Honor is home to collections of Ancient Art, European Art, and Graphic Arts. Stop by the museum at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays for an organ recital on the tremendous symphonic organ.

Davies Symphony Hall/San Francisco Symphony

201 Van Ness at Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-6000

Built in 1980 as the permanent home of the San Francisco Symphony, the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The Hall is home to the Fratelli Ruffatti electo-pneumatic pipe organ, the largest concert hall organ in North America. The Symphony puts on over 200 shows each season, so be sure to check the calendar when you are in town.

Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point, Next to Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-3030

Headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in 1893, the square was re-worked in the 1960s to become a restaurant and retail destination. The square is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to a collection of boutique shops and delicious eateries.

M.H. de Young Museum

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3683

Located in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a fine arts museum named after San Francisco newspaperman M.H. de Young. The museum showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries as well as international contemporary art, textiles and costumes from the Americas, the Pacific and Asia.

Alcatraz Island

Often referred to as The Rock, the island has spent time as a lighthouse, military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison. Take a tour of the grounds and see the cells of famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Stroud.

Golden Gate Bridge

An undeniable symbol of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge was ranked fifth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture. The second-longest suspension bridge in America, the Golden Gate connects San Francisco with Marin County. A favorite tourist destination, the bridge is an ideal backdrop for pictures. Walk, bike, hike or drive across the bridge for unique views of the surrounding landscape.

Golden Gate Park

The park welcomes more than 13 million visitors each year, one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures.

Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities.

Pier 39

Pier 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex that is a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, Pier 39 is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marine. It is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz as well as the world famous California sea lions. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, Pier 39 is two blocks east of Fisherman’s Wharf at Beach Street and The Embarcadero. Convenient parking is available across the street in the Pier 39 Garage.

AT&T Park

24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107

With its breathtaking views overlooking San Francisco Bay and its classic design, AT&T Park was chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily as part of the inaugural Sports Business Awards program. The first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since 1962, the Giants' home has many incredible features and is the official home of the San Francisco Giants.


San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. Learn more about the attractions, culture, history and events in Chinatown as you visit this unique part of the city located less than five minutes away from Marines’ Memorial Club. Enjoy fabulous shops and restaurants and see a way of life that hasn’t changed much over the last hundred years.

San Francisco Ferry Building

This unique restored structure offers incredible shops, restaurants and food outlets, a top notch farmers market and ferry service connecting all the surrounding Bay communities including Sausalito, Tiburon, Alameda, Oakland and Vallejo. It is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. The marketplace is accessible by MUNI, BART and ferry boat. The historic trolley cars (Line F Market) stop directly in front of the Ferry Building and can be picked up anywhere on Market Street. To walk from Marines’ Memorial go straight down Sutter to Market Street, turn left to the end of Market Street. About 1-1/4 miles.

San Francisco’s Painted Ladies

A visit to San Francisco isn’t complete until you visit the famous Painted Ladies of Alamo Square. Well worth a taxi or bus ride. Take Muni line #21 westbound from downtown to the corner of Hayes and Steiner Streets and marvel at these gorgeous, restored "Painted Ladies

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is a must-see destination when visiting San Francisco. Street vendors sell the best seafood in town and many famous restaurants abound in this popular area.

San Francisco Cable Cars

A San Francisco tradition since 1873, the cable cars are steps away from the Marines' Memorial Club and Union Square. Join visitors and locals alike who regularly use the system to traverse the city, and visit the Cable Car Museum located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse. The museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.


More than forty years later, the "Summer of Love" lives on throughout this charming Victorian sector, the location of one of the world’s top medical schools. One of the most photographed scenes in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner streets is a tight formation of Victorian houses back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast. The corner of Haight and Ashbury streets still has its tie-dyed roots; vintage clothing, books and records are abundant here and along lower Haight Street. Locals will point out Buena Vista Park, with its city views; and, for architectural highlights, Masonic, Piedmont and Delmar Streets. Cole Valley is also view endowed; head for Tank Hill. Parnassus Heights is home to the University of California, San Francisco.

Yerba Buena Gardens

The gardens are the heart of the City’s downtown cultural district. It’s a place to embrace your every mood, celebrate diversity, and find green relief. Discover renowned galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and theaters cradled by landscaped lawns, public art, award-winning architecture, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Revel in hundreds of free outdoor performances. Experience the Children’s Garden, play circle and Children’s Creativity Museum. Or join people of all ages enjoying ice skating, bowling, the historic carousel, as well as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, restaurants and shopping at Jessie Square and Yerba Buena Lane. No wonder YBG is recognized as one of the United States’ top 30 urban parks. It’s the perfect place to play, dine, shop or just relax.

Union Square

There's a reason why Union Square is the most visited neighborhood in San Francisco! Boasting an extensive collection of boutique and luxury retail shops, flagship hotels, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, theatres and night clubs, all surrounding a beautiful urban park, Union Square is a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon of shopping, indulge in a delicious meal, sip a cup of coffee at an outdoor café, catch a show, grab drinks with friends or just people watch.