Staying Fit Over the Holidays in San Francisco
Gobbling down turkey stuffed with dressing, sweet potatoes dripping with marshmallows, sugary apple pie and warm rum drinks can pack on a few extra pounds on Thanksgiving. No worries. The festive and fitness conscious city of San Francisco inspires its locals and tourists to get active outside and play over the holidays.
So, after feasting with the folks, eating out in Pacific Heights or dinner cruising on San Francisco Bay, trot through the park, ice skate in Union Square, or join a parade or walking tour through the city’s coolest and colorful neighborhoods. Thanks to San Francisco, staying fit this season is as easy as pecan pie.
San Francisco Turkey Trot
Before the food and football, kick off Thanksgiving Day with the annual San Francisco Turkey Trot in Golden Gate Park. Lace up your sneakers and join 1,400 runners on the five-mile Turkey Trot Trail, starting at the Polo Fields at 8 am on Thanksgiving morning. Run along the paths and trails of this beautiful urban sanctuary and reflect on the holiday spirit.
Ice Skating San Francisco Style
Feel the magic of the winter season gliding across the ice in the heart of San Francisco. Open November and December, the Ice Skating Rink in Union Square is an amazing way to enjoy the lights, sights and glistening Christmas Tree and work off those cantankerous carbs during the 90-minute skate sessions. You can also skate along the scenic waterfront at the Embarcadero Skating Rink, also open throughout the holiday season.
Walking Off The Turkey
Discover the city on foot with San Francisco’s walking tours through hip and culturally historic neighborhoods, including North Beach, The Castro, and Fisherman’s Wharf.
- The popular Chinatown Walking Tour takes you down historic streets and alleys to herbal shops, colorful temples, and attractions like the Fortune Cookie Company.
- Trek through North Beach to Washington Park, Coit Tower and Saint Peter and Paul’s Church with its steeple bells and glowing stained glass windows.
- The 2-hour historic walking tour of the Castro district gives insight into the city’s diverse gay and lesbian community, where you can visit Harvey Mill Plaza and the Pink Triangle Memorial Park.
Holiday Hiking With A View
Experience the sublime beauty of San Francisco and boost your metabolism is by hiking up one of the city’s 40 hills. Take the ½ mile hike up Mount Davidson – the city’s highest point – to the summit, soak in expansive views of downtown, or stand at the foot of the 103-foot cross featured in the movie, Dirty Harry. Five feet shorter than Mount Davidson, Twin Peaks is a heart healthy hike with the most spectacular view of the city. Climb up Noe or Eureka Peak for 360-degree views or access the path stairway to Twin Peaks from Crestline Drive.
After the fun holiday shopping, eating, and drinking, sport your running shoes, ice skates or hiking boots and burn off the calories. From its sky-high hills to waterfront trails to urban parks and plazas, San Francisco offers healthy holiday happenings and body smart adventures!