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San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

1. San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

Enjoy a 1-hour journey along San Francisco's historic waterfront and experience the thrilling history of the San Francisco Bay, with all the sound and glory it deserves. The 1-hour non-stop Bay Cruise takes you past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. Relax in comfort, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and enjoy a full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by. See sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the iconic San Francisco skyline as you go. Whether it’s your first time to San Francisco, or your 10th visit, the Bay Cruise is something you should experience at least once in your life. You will get a complimentary souvenir map, which is available in nine languages, and if you get hungry, there’s a full-service snack bar on board with food and drink available to purchase.

San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

2. San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

Lose yourself in hundreds of interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at After Dark at the Exploratorium. Enjoy everything from a fog bridge to a large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors, and more. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in the evening's adults-only programming, featuring unique guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films, and one-of-a-kind activities.

San Francisco: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Bay

3. San Francisco: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Bay

Choose between a buffet lunch or dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay. Be mesmerized as the city lights glide past and experience unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge and many other San Francisco landmarks. Enjoy music and dancing on the evening dinner cruise. Hop on board and prepare to enjoy a small-plate buffet from three food stations, including Latin foods, carved roast beef, a mashed potato bar, local vegetables, Italian pasta, fresh breads, and desserts. Sample Lunch Menu: Salads (All salads include fresh bread and butter)• Field green salad – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, ranch dressing, balsamic dressing• Kale quinoa salad - quinoa, roasted red pepper, spinach, lemon oregano vinaigrette Main Course• Honey sesame chicken - scallions, Fresno chilies• Oven-roasted flounder - spicy tomatoes, white bean ragu• Baked ziti pasta - aged Reggiano parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach cream sauce• Root vegetable fricassee - Idaho potatoes, broccoli, grape tomatoes, gremolata, cauliflower coconut cream sauce (some items are available upon request) Complements• Roasted broccoli - toasted garlic, chili flakes• Mashed potatoes - Idaho potatoes, roasted garlic Dessert• Hornblower signature dessert station - cakes, brownies, seasonal Fruit (some items contain nuts) Sample Dinner Menu: Comfort Food• Baked potato bar - bacon, green onion, cheese, sour cream• Mac & cheese bar - bacon, green onion, cheese, sour cream• BBQ pulled pork sliders - rolls, assorted mustards• Spicy red cabbage slaw• Three bean chili• Classic Caesar salad International Favorites• Fried plantains - sour cream• Asian spiced greens - bay shrimp, sesame dressing• Vegetarian potstickers - vinegar soy dipping sauce• Chicken cacciatore - tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, white wine• Seafood Newburg - mushrooms, white fish, calamari, bay shrimp• White rice• Mediterranean vegetable sauté Desserts• Assorted sweet treats• Fresh fruit

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

4. California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-natural history museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Enjoy all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe. Explore these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event, and sip on a beer, wine, or unique specialty cocktail available for purchase at the bars throughout the museum. Once in the museum, catch the latest spectacular digital planetarium show and rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light to the far reaches of the universe. Journey deep into the oceans of the world in the aquarium. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the albino alligator, and hang out with a South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies. Each week features a unique theme, blending fun with science in an informal social environment. Past highlights have included pop-up art galleries; science-themed comedy; sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations; and talks by notable figures like Buzz Aldrin. Academy scientists are also on-hand to discuss the “science love stories” behind their infatuations with spiders, sea slugs, parasites, and other fascinating topics. During summer months, the Academy presents NightLife LIVE, a music series featuring emerging bands and musicians live on an outdoor garden stage, cutting-edge art installations, and hands-on science demonstrations.

San Francisco: Craft Beer Walking Tour

5. San Francisco: Craft Beer Walking Tour

Experience a 4-hour beer tasting tour, perfect for beer lovers and anyone who wants to see a different side of San Francisco. Discover the gritty, urban vibe among beer-makers today, as the tour captures the new joie de vivre. Take a tour of some of the breweries to see the brewing process. Walk past famous landmarks including the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Waterfall, and St. Patrick's Church. Meet your beer expert guide and begin your tour with a brief introduction before the beer drinking commences. Learn about the local beer-making history which dates back to the mid-1800s when immigrants flocked to California amid the Gold Rush. Spend around 1 hour at each brewery tasting their great crafts beers before an easy 15-minute walk to the next. Get great recommendations from your local guide who will be happy to suggest other nearby breweries to keep the party going after the last brewery.

San Francisco Bay Area: Sonoma Wine Valley Private Charter

6. San Francisco Bay Area: Sonoma Wine Valley Private Charter

Experience the wine country of Sonoma Valley and visit the places of your choosing with a private transportation charter for just you and your group. Sit back and relax as your driver takes care of the driving, leaving you free to make the most of your day at the wineries. After pickup at your chosen location, board your air-conditioned vehicle. Depending on your group size, ride in style in a comfortable tour van (up to 10 people), Mercedes Sprinter (up to 14 people), or executive coach (up to 28 guests). Enjoy a customized day that gives you the chance to focus on your interests. Discover wineries, restaurants, and more, and keep cool throughout the trip with cold water onboard. At the end of your day, you'll be dropped off at your location of choice.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Best cruise EVER!! This cruise takes you a long all the history of San Francisco and it’s earthquakes the Golden Gate Bridge Alcatraz Islands and so much more I would recommend it to any other family looking to go to San Francisco staff was friendly one thing I would change though is that there would be more like cleaners around the windows like on the first floor because It wasn’t that clean and you couldn’t take some good pictures and on the very top floor best videos and pictures that you could take ever overall 6/5 stars

It was a great experience! The commentary was very informative and interesting. I was a bit late for my cruise since I couldn't find parking, they let me go in the next cruise without any hassle. Thank you very much!!

so much fun!! we went for the sunset tour and the views + lighting were STUNNING!! perfect way to end our west coast trip - and they even have fun SF-themed drinks onboad

Interesting. Needs live commentary rather than taped tho. Recommend it. Not expensive. Ask for senior discount!

I think it was the best experience that I have had in my life.