Enjoy a variety of fun things in San Francisco while staying at The Metro Hotel.
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Exciting San Francisco Activities

You'll never run out of San Francisco activities to explore! Especially not at the Metro Hotel, centrally located near all the most exciting San Francisco attractions!

Asian Art Museum: (415) 581-3500 : just 10 minutes from the Metro Hotel in the Civic Center. The Asian Art Museum is one of the Western world's largest museums devoted to Asian art. Its collection has over 15,000 art objects, such as world-class sculptures, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, and jade items, spanning 6,000 years of history and regions of south Asia, west Asia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea, and Japan. The museum is in the city's Beaux Arts-style central library, renovated under Italian architect Gae Aulenti and includes 40,000 square feet of gallery space showcasing 2,500 objects at any given time. Read more...

Botanical Garden & Strybing Arboretum: (415) 661-1316 : San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants located within Golden Gate Park. The mild Mediterranean climate provides the right conditions to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including some no longer found in their native habitats. 55 acres of sanctuary—featuring both landscaped gardens and open spaces—showcase over 8,000 types of plants from around the globe. Read more...

Buena Vista Park: (Haight Street between Baker & Central Streets) which affords fine view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the area around it is also a favored lounging ground on a warm sunny day. The oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park and renamed Buena Vista in 1894. During the 1906 earthquake, this park was a place for citizens to find refuge as they watch the town smolder. Read more...

California Academy of Sciences: (415) 379-8000 : It's as if the new Academy brings the whole universe under one roof - an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and more! The 412,000 square foot structure is not only physically impressive, but it just may be the greenest museum on the planet, with a 2 1/2 acre Living Roof, an expansive solar canopy, an extensive water reclamation system, and walls insulated with recycled blue jeans. Read more...

Civic Center: The Civic Center at the "bottom" of Market Street has a large complex of buildings includes the domed and dapper City Hall, the Opera House, Davis Symphony Hall and the Asian Art Museum. The landscaped plaza connecting the buildings is the staging area for San Francisco's frequent demonstrations for or against just about everything. The Metro Hotel is approximately twelve blocks from Civic Center. Read more...

Conservatory of Flowers: (415) 666-7001 : Built in 1879, this glorious Victoria glass structure is the oldest public conservatory in the western hemisphere. After a bad storm in 1995 and delayed renovations, the conservatory was closed and visitors were only able to imagine what wondrous displays existed within the striking glass assemblage. Thankfully a $25-million renovation, including a $4-million exhibit upgrade, was completed in 2003, and now you can check out the rare tropical flora of the Congo, Philippines, and beyond within the stunning structure. It doesn't take long to visit, but make a point of staying awhile: outside there are good sunny spots for people-watching as well as paths leading to impressive gardens begging to be explored. Read more...

de Young Museum: (415) 750-3600 : Just 10 minutes from the Metro Hotel is located in Golden Gate Park. This landmark collection of arts and fine crafts from around the world with surprises around each corner ranging from 19th-century Oceanic ceremonial masks and brilliant Central Asian rugs from the 11,000-plus textile collection housed in the stunning building designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The sleek, modern & unique building composed of copper with oxidizing green which fades into the lush green environment. Climb the 144ft twisting armored tower to experience spectacular view to the Pacific & the Golden Gate Bridge on clear days. Access to the tower viewing room is free and worth waiting in line for the elevators. Read more...

Golden Gate Park: (415) 831-2700 : we are only blocks away from the Panhandle which leads to the entrance to Golden Gate Park. Everything San Franciscans hold close to their heart is here: free music, free spirits, protests, fine art, bonsai & beaches. Read more...

Grateful Dead House: 710 Ashbury Street at Waller : is only minutes away and a Mecca for Deadheads stop by and pay your respects. The House that Jerry Garcia and other band members lived from 1965 to 1968, including the famed 'Summer of Love' in 1967. Read more...

Haight/Ashbury: Few of San Francisco's neighborhoods are as varied—or as famous—as Haight-Ashbury. Walk along Haight Street, and you'll encounter everything from drug-dazed drifters begging for change to an armada of the city's funky-trendy shops, clubs and cafes. Turn anywhere off Haight, and instantly you're among the clean-cut young urban professionals who can afford the steep rents in this hip 'hood. Read more...

Japanese Tea Garden: (415) 831-2700 : John McLaren, the man who began landscaping Golden Gate Park, hired Makoto Hagiwara, a wealthy Japanese landscaper designer, to further develop his garden originally created for the 1894 Midwinter Exposition. It's a quiet place with cherry trees, shrubs, and bonsai crisscrossed by winding paths and high-arched bridges over pools of water. Focal points and places for contemplation include the massive bronze Buddha (cast in Japan in 1790 and donated by the Gump Family), the Buddhist wooden pagoda, and the Wishing Bridge, which, reflected in the eater, looks as though it completes a circle. Read more...

The Castro: Castro Street, between Market and 18th streets, is the center of the city's gay community as well as a lovely neighborhood teaming with shops, restaurants, bars and other institutions that cater to the area's colorful residents. Among the landmarks are Harvey Milk Plaza and the Castro Theater, a 1930's movie palace with a Wurlizer. The gay community began to move here in the late 1960s and early 1970s from a neighborhood called Polk Gulch, which still has a number of gay-oriented bars and stores. Castro is one of the liveliest streets in the city and the perfect place to shop for gifts and revel in liveliness. Read more...

Painted Ladies at Alamo Square: Between 1849 and 1915, nearly 50,000 Victorian houses were built in San Francisco and painted in bright colors that embellished their architectural details. One of the most famous groups of Painted Ladies is at Alamo Square, only about four blocks from the Metro Hotel. This block frequently appears in media and mass-market photographs of San Francisco and its tourist attractions. The family sitcom Full House, which aired 1987-1995, features the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square in its opening credits. Read more...

Stow Lake: (415) 752-0347 : The mini retreat in the center of the park is Stow Lake, which is a picturesque island called Strawberry Hill for short but steep hikes. Huntington Falls tumble down the hill into the lake, near a charming Chinese pavilion. Pedal boats, row boats and electric motor boats are available to rent at the boathouse. Read more...

Experience a variety of San Francisco events and activities while making the Metro hotel one of your favorite San Francisco Boutique hotels downtown.

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