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Ocean Beach

232 locals recommend ·
Why locals recommend it
The north end of the beach is fronted by a low curving wall that’s an always-changing display of street art. Further south at Lincoln Way, there’s another one worth checking out. Just bring an extra layer—no matter what the weather is like in the rest of the city, out here you might walk into a fog bank so thick you can't see the water. At the north end of the beach near the Cliff House restaurant, take a look inside the Camera Obscura—a rare device that uses sunlight to project an image of the outside surroundings onto a surface inside. It’s based on a 15th century design by Leonardo da Vinci.
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Joshua
Joshua
January 8, 2020
What could be better than San Francisco's premier surfing spot only minutes away? Keep an ear out for the many festivities that happen here year out: things like morning yoga, Bay to Breakers, and Corgie Con!
Gaurav
Gaurav
January 1, 2020
• 4 hour roundtrip, 3 miles from home - Get the N Judah train, 7 bus, or walk, to Ocean Beach at the end of Golden Gate Park - Enjoy the Dutch Windmills, and check out the sand dunes - The beach can get quite cold / windy, particularly at night, so dress warm!
Darci
Darci
November 16, 2019
Ocean Beach is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. A wonderful place to surf, picnic, walk. You will experience the serenity of the ocean against the…
Nina
Nina
November 13, 2019
I love ocean beach. You can usually find free parking parallel to ocean highway on the opposite side of the ocean. Walking through the sand can be a bit tough but it's worth it. On a clear day you can see forever and the water is nice and emerald green/blue nearer the shore the water is clear…
Jessica
Jessica
November 12, 2019
Wonderful for pictures and a stroll along the beach. Sf is famous for our mild temperatures. You can enjoy walking along the beach all year round. 3 blocks from the home!

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Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
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Zoo
“San Francisco Zoo has been a staple for many years. With giraffes, monkeys, penguins, and many exotic animals. A great place to learn more about these amazing animals!”
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Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
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Trail
“Beautiful (and easy) hiking trail overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick a sunny day for the views although I also love the misty fog or as we call him, Karl the Fog! He even has his own instagram @KarlTheFog ”
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Science Museum
“Another of San Francisco's gems, the Academy of Sciences was completely rebuilt a while back, with 2 "hills" of living roof topping it. One hill sits above the rainforest section which contains free-range butterflies and many reptile exhibits - after strolling up the spiraling ramp to the top, you can take the elevator down underneath to the aquarium - be sure to visit Claude, our albino alligator on your way back out to the main floor. The other hill is over the planetarium, and the rest of the space includes natural history exhibits (lots of dinosaurs), and we have a bunch of live penguins somewhere in the back. While you're there, you may want to head up to the tower at the deYoung Museum across the way for the 360 view - you should be able to get in there for free without museum admission.”
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San Francisco, CA
Outer Sunset