Take A Vacation – In San Francisco!

You don’t have to leave the City to have fun.

By Andrew Roth
Short of vacation time, but still want to enjoy the summer? Take a vacation right here in the City! I’ve listed below our favorites activities and events:

1. Take a hike down to beautiful Kirby Cove, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Amazing city views, barbeque pits, and campsites.
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2. Take a tour of AT&T Park and learn the fascinating history and tidbits of our favorite players.
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3. Visit one of the new restaurants in the Presidio, such as the Presidio Social Club, La Terrasse, or Pres a Vi.
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4. Spend an evening stargazing on the Land’s End Trail (near the Legion of Honor).
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5. Attend the legendary Summer in the City concert series, featuring jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka, the eclectic ensemble Pink Martini, Broadway Diva Patti LuPone, and the great Johnny Mathis together in one festival.
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6. Ride a Segway around Angel Island. These quiet, environmentally friendly transporters are a fun and unique experience.
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7 .  Visit the parrots of Telegraph Hill.  Watch the movie first for a fascinating perspective.
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8.  Visit the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Highlights include chocolate tastings, wine pairings, chef and author talks, chocolate painting and a chocolate spa and fashion show.
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9.  Relax at the 33rd Annual Midsummer Mozart Festival, featuring world-renowned
artists and a first-class local orchestra led by George Cleve.
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10. Take in an evening outdoor movie at Mission Dolores Park.
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11. Sail the bay on a catamaran. Sunset and day cruises are fun and affordable.
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12.   Listen to the serene sounds of the the Wave Organ.  Take in the sounds of the sea and views of San Francisco with Exploratorium senior artist Peter Richards on a tour of his creation “The Wave Organ,” an outdoor sculpture and sound installation.
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13. Stern Grove Festival: Attend one of the many admission-free performing arts series in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.
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14. Take a Neighborhood Tour. These free and fascinating tours really are an undiscovered gem. Especially entertaining is the Telegraph Hill tour.
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15. Take a tour of Alcatraz. Tours are available each day, and if you plan far ahead, you can take an exciting night tour.
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