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Top 10 Things To Do In San Francisco For Students

Has Hollywood made you fantasize about San Francisco? Famous movies like Always Be My Maybe, The Princess Diaries and The Wedding Planner are filmed in the city. Not just that, some of the greatest movie sets can be found here. Students around the world grow up wanting to live their Hollywood dream, and here, with so many things to do in San Francisco for students, they can check it off their bucket list easily! 

1. Pier 39 San Francisco

Pier 39 San Francisco is the first place on every student’s list. It is a great place for students to hang out after classes. This is a shopping and entertainment center built on a pier. Pier 39 is a part of the adventure-filled Fisherman’s Wharf. You will find plenty of things to do on the pier, on the bay and also on the street. 

After getting tired walking around the pier head to one of the restaurants. All of them offer mouth-watering delicacies. Our top picks of the restaurants at Pier 39 San Francisco are Crab House, Eagle Cafe, and Hana Zen Japenese Grill. And if you are a Hard Rock Cafe fan, it is right there too! And for your sweet tooth, head to Candy Baron or Chocolate Heaven.

Pier 39 San Francisco

2. Golden Gate Park San Francisco

Spend a day in the lap of nature at Golden Gate Park San Francisco. Several fun events take place here every month. Take a segway tour and explore a thousand acres of beauty on your segway. There is an aquarium right here to peek into the lives of underwater creatures. This is also a great place for sports enthusiasts. Play golf and basketball with your friends or meet fellow game lovers while playing with them. Go for horseback riding at the Golden Gate Park Stables. If you are not into sports, bike around and soak in the beauty of nature in its purest form. The Japenese Tea Garden is also located inside this park. You can also check out the Golden Gate Park Museum also known as de Young Museum. The Elk Glen Picnic Areas make for a perfect little picnic spot for a cute date under the sun and close to the waters. Do not confuse the Golden Gate Park with the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, don’t forget to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a sight you can’t miss! 

Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park San Francisco

3. Coit Tower San Francisco

Witness San Francisco’s splendid skyline from the top of Coit Tower San Francisco. It rises from the top of Telegraph Hill. You don’t need to be a history student to be interested in monumental history. Take a tour of the Coit Tower San Francisco and get learning on the go! The tours usually long for about forty minutes and are conducted in groups no smaller than four and no more than eight people. 

Head to the Coit Tower Cafe, just a few steps from here to delight your taste buds. The cafe offers several kinds of drinks, pizza, pastries, and paninis. However,  eatables are prohibited inside Coit Tower. 

It is best to reach the Coit Tower San Francisco through public transport as limited parking is available here. Don’t forget to take pictures of the mesmerizing view from the top to amp up your Insta game! After all, San Francisco sightseeing is what makes exploring all the San Francisco attractions even more fun! 

Coit Tower San Francisco

4. Asian Art Museum San Francisco

San Francisco is a place for students with all kinds of interests. All the art buffs must head to the Asian Art Museum to witness some of the best Asian art pieces in the world. There are 18,000 permanent works of art here and some of them are as old as 6,000 years. They organize fun and enriching events and exhibitions throughout the month. Witness Asian history like never before right here, in San Francisco.

Asian Art Museum San Francisco

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Making the most out of your university time at San Francisco does not have to cost a lot. In fact, some really beautiful and fun things to do in San Francisco cost nothing at all. These are some of the free things to do in San Francisco:

1. Drive Down Lombard Street

This beautifully twisted street is no less than a roller coaster on the road. You can drive or walk around gorgeous bushes, trees, and flowers here. Visit here by taking a cable car or a hop-on hop-off bus. These modes of public transport are definitely on the list of top things to do in San Francisco for a local-like experience! 

Lombard Street San Francisco

2. Check Out the Bay Lights 

The Golden Gate Bridge lights to be even more charming at night. Drive through or take a walk to witness the Bay Lights on the bridge. This is a famous stop on most of the night tours and also on the evening cruises. So, even if you have classes all day, Bay Lights are the perfect place to be during nighttime! 

Bay Light Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

3. Car Museum San Francisco

San Francisco runs on its cable cars. So, a cable car museum does not come as a shock to the visitors. Know how these majestic beasts function on the roads and keep the city moving. There are three 1870s cable cars for people to witness in the museum and learn about the history of cable cars.

 Car Museum San Francisco

4. Head to Baker Beach San Francisco

San Francisco is incomplete without spending a day in the sun! Students in San Francisco are often seen hanging around at Baker Beach, saying bye-bye to college stress! Baker Beach is the perfect place to soak in some sun and relax during the day. The beach is open all day and night, so don’t miss out on visiting this beautiful beach for some sunbathing or picnicking. It offers a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge as well. 

Baker beach san francisco

4. Visit All the Free Museums

Students are always on a budget. But exploring San Francisco can be done even on a budget. There are many cool museums in San Francisco that you can visit for free and come back with many cool facts about the city and its history. Some of them are Discovery Museum SF, Museum of Illusions, San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument, San Francisco, and San Francisco Natural History Museum. 

San Francisco Natural History Museum

5. Conservatory of Flowers Golden Gate Park on First Tuesday of The Month

This is a must-visit place in San Francisco and makes for one of the coolest cheap things to do in San Francisco. Spend time surrounded by gorgeous and rare flowers.

Conservatory of Flowers Golden Gate Park

This list will surely be helpful to explore a lot more than San Francisco tourist spots. Pack light and explore like a local! Happy traveling y’all! 

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