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!


Museums

Alcatraz Island: Most known for its time as the penitentiary which housed some of America’s most notorious criminals, Alcatraz is full of history dating back to the 1800s. Alcatraz Cruises runs boats to the island from The Embarcadero every half hour. Read more...

Asian Art Museum: (415) 581-3500 : 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. Read more...

Cable Car Museum: Learn about the mechanical systems that carry trollies and their passengers up the steep hills of San Francisco and find antique cable cars from the 1800s including one of the originals. 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. Read more...

de Young Museum: (415) 750-3600 : Just 10 minutes from the Metro Hotel in Golden Gate Park is the de Young Museum. This landmark collection of arts and fine crafts from around the world has surprises around each corner ranging from 19th-century Oceanic ceremonial masks and brilliant Central Asian rugs to the 11,000 textile collection housed in the stunning building designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Read more...

The Exploratorium: The Exploratorium in San Francisco is a premier interactive museum that is fun and interesting for every member of the family. With a mission of developing the way the world learns, The Exploratorium presents how the world works in a playful and innovate way; its thought-provoking exhibits and experiences will leave you walking away full of wonderment. Read more...


Parks

Botanical Garden & Strybing Arboretum: (415) 661-1316 : San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants located within Golden Gate Park and just a 15 minute trolley ride from Metro Hotel. Read more...

Buena Vista Park: (Haight Street between Baker & Central Streets) This park affords a fine view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding area. It’s a local favored lounging ground on a warm sunny day. 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. 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...

Golden Gate National Recreation Area: A collection of parks and land that stretches from northern San Mateo County through southern Marin County and is one of the most visited places in the U.S. National Park system. Read more...

Golden Gate Park: (415) 831-2700 : Metro Hotel is only blocks away from 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...

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. It's a quiet place with cherry trees, shrubs, and bonsai crisscrossed by winding paths and high-arched bridges over pools of water. 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. Read more...

Stow Lake: (415) 752-0347 : The mini retreat in the center of the park is a picturesque island called Strawberry Hill which is great 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 lake’s boathouse. Read more...

Twin Peaks: Twin peaks is a recreation area and park near the center of San Francisco named for the two side-by-side hills that rise above the city. The road through and around the area brings you to the top where you’re greeted to 360 degree vistas, often called the city’s best view, including sights of the city and San Francisco Bay. Read more...


Culture

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. Read more...

Civic Center: The Civic Center at the "bottom" of Market Street has a large complex of buildings including the domed and dapper City Hall, the Opera House, Davis Symphony Hall and the Asian Art Museum. Read more...

Grateful Dead House: 710 Ashbury Street at Waller : This landmark is only minutes away and a Mecca for Deadheads to stop by and pay their respects. Visit 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 an armada of the city's funky-trendy shops to clubs and cafes. Read more...

Marrakech Magic Theater: With many showings throughout the week, San Francisco’s popular Marrakech Magic Theater is located right on Union Square and within 15 minutes of The Metro Hotel. Head to this intimate setting for a family-friendly event that fills the evening with laughter. Read more...

Palace of Fine Arts: Located in the Marina District, the Palace of Fine Arts is home to many artistic and cultural events throughout the year; see a concert in the theater, stroll around the grounds and visit the museum. 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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