Asian Art Museum: Beautiful exhibits in the Civic Center area. Free the first Sunday of every month.
California Academy of Science: No free days, but great to visit if you’re in Golden Gate Park (especially with children!).
Bay Area Discovery Museum: Across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito – wonderful place for families with young children! Free the first Wednesday of every month.
Cartoon Art Museum: Cartoons, comic books, and comic history – a different kind of art museum. The first Tuesday of every month is “pay what you wish day.”
Conservatory of Flowers: Another activity in Golden Gate Park. Free the first Tuesday of every month.
Contemporary Jewish Museum: Free the first Tuesday of every month.
De Young Fine Arts Museum: A local favorite in Golden Gate Park. Free the first Tuesday of every month.
Exploratorium: Another great learning experience for children – its new location right along the water front. They have 6 free days a year: Groundhog Day, Pi Day (March 14th – 3.14), Mother’s Day, Engineering Day, Founder’s Day, and usually a free day in December.
Japanese Tea Garden: Another beautiful place to visit in Golden Gate Park. Free Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if you enter BEFORE 10:00AM.
Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum: Showcasing mostly ancient and European art. Free the first Tuesday of every month.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Showcasing contemporary visual and performing arts. Free the first Tuesday of every month.
San Francisco is all about views. Here are our favorite vista points:
(pictures and links to come)
Observation Tower at the De Young Museum – fabulous and free!
Tank Hill at the top of Shrader Street in Cole Valley – practically panoramic, makes the heart swell.
Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill environs – yes, you probably will see the flock of wild parrots.
Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge and adjacent Crissy Fields promenade.
Twin Peaks at night – a great spot to view the different fireworks shows through the year or just to see the fog rolling in over the city.
Sutro Gardens looking down on the Cliff House and the Pacific – contemplate how wacky Adolf Sutro must have been.
Black Point, the gun battery behind the Fort Mason Youth Hostel.
Aquatic Park, the long curved pier at Fisherman’s Wharf. Also great for people watching.
Local newspaper’s list of top panoramic views of the city.