Hooray! The streets of the Financial District are clean and the flowers in Golden Gate Park are in bloom. Spring in San Francisco marks some of the best weather for the Bay Area Mecca, with sunny skies and very little rain. From patio lounging to hiking the hills of the Presidio, read on for a bushel of fair-weathered suggestions, both for kids and adults.
- Patio Living
- Spring Flings
- Kentucky Derby
- Water, Water Everywhere
Regardless of whether it is garden, rooftop or poolside, no one can say “no” to a patio. Take Arlequin’s courtyard, for instance, that is oh-so secret garden-esq, or Chambers – if retro, chic and poolside are more your style. The toppers of our veranda vote? Either Jones or El Techo, both rooftop bars with jaw-dropping views.
Sometimes, you just have to shake it out. Like rugs, people need a good spring fling now and then. Enter two SF staples: Carnaval and Bay to Breakers. The first is a sizzling samba-like cultural festival and the second is a swerving outrageous costume party on foot. Both are perfect people-watching opportunities.
Similar to what you might do with your car, this SF phenomena occurs when the warm weather burns through the fog and voila: throngs of locals start parking themselves on the grassy knolls of Golden Gate and Dolores Park. Break out the hummus and hula hoops!
Hills, what hills? While you could just throw on your sandals and hike the streets of SF, you could also lace up your actual hiking boots and take the Batteries to Bluffs Trail by storm. It’s in the Presidio.
Never mind that SF is on the West Coast, it is home to some dedicated Derby fans who like to celebrate accordingly. Appropriately themed fundraisers and parties abound. Go here for details: http://sfkentuckyderby.com/event-details/
Whether it’s the miles of Ocean Beach, hours of sailing lessons or the hop skip and a jump to Angel Island – the peninsula is literally surrounded. Two tips: see the Sea Lions on Fisherman’s Wharf before they leave for summer or hitch a ride with Tideline Water Taxi to get chauffeured by speedboat to popular destinations like Ghirardelli Square or the Ferry Building.
So, for things to do in San Francisco in April, May and even June, use this as your quick spring tour guide. Remember, SF has unique weather patterns and summer doesn’t begin until August or September so you can get a head start on mapping out your adventure!
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