San Francisco

Perpetual spring, the flare of adventure in the blood, the impulse of men who packed Virgil with their bean-bags on the overland journey, conspired to make San Francisco a city of artists.” —William Henry Irwin

San Francisco plays by its own rules in the game of seasons but the weather tends to be a bit milder in the spring. The days are longer, the flowers are blooming, and there’s a better chance of the sun shining. The City By The Bay is filled with beautiful sights and people and it gets even more colorful in the spring — check out some of our favorite things to do in SF this season.

TreasureFest

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TreasureFest is a family-friendly street festival on Treasure Island that takes place over the last weekend of every month. Shop a variety of local designers and artists. Eat a diverse selection of savory foods and sweet treats. Drink award-winning wines, craft beers and seasonal cocktails. And enjoy live music and games. It’s a street fair with killer views and admission is only $4 online or $7 at the door. The fest occurs from 10 AM–4 PM and kids 12 and under are free.

Hit the Bay

Whether you’re on a boat, bike or windsurfing board, the bay is an ideal place for time well spent. The California Sunset Cruise is a favorite that comes complete with appetizers, live music and a complimentary drink. If you want to get closer to the water, CityKayak is a nice option for families, active adults and even infants (with their provided life jackets). The company offers rentals and tours for all skill levels. If you prefer to explore on solid ground, consider biking the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. This popular path spans 1.7 miles one way and you can either bike back or drop off your bike and take the ferry.

See Sea Lions

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Any sea lion looking to be seen posts up at Pier 39. After an earthquake in 1989, a few animals settled down on the K-dock. And years later, hundreds decided to call this area their home. This marine mammal hot spot is an ideal location for the animals because it protects them from predators and is ripe with food. It’s an ideal location for travelers because of the dining, shopping and activities in the surrounding area. They even have their own webcam so you can see them live before you visit.

Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium is a museum, science center and education hub on Pier 15 in the Embarcadero area. There’s a wide variety of awe-inspiring indoor and outdoor activities and experiments for the children as well as the young at heart. For couples and adults who want to let loose, check out the After Dark series every Thursday night. This 18+ event allows visitors to enjoy drinks and play within the laboratory without judgment from 12-year-olds. General admission tickets are $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids, and general hours are from 10 AM to 5 PM. After Dark tickets are $19.95 and the event goes from 6 PM to 10 PM.

 Golden Gate Park Conservancy

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What better way to experience spring in San Francisco than by exploring the city’s parks? There are dozens of natural parks throughout the area, each with their own set of unique characteristics and viewpoints. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the perfect place to start. It has a park finder which can narrow down your search by area, activity, or amenity. Looking for a dog-friendly park with a cafe? Crissy Field is your go-to! The non-profit organization also cleanup activities, education resources, and volunteer opportunities to help preserve the city’s beauty for future visitors.