Comfort Inn By the Bay
2775 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109-1497
Phone: (415) 928-5000
Fax: (415) 441-3990x513
Golden Gates National Recreation Area is a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers while in the city. An absolute treasure trove of history and a wonderful place to spend a day exploring the outdoors. Whether you're looking to find out more about the 200 years of San Francisco's history, or just love hiking, biking or even extreme sports; plenty of opportunities are available within the park. The park's headquarters and information center is located at Fort Mason, where you can get all the necessary information to plan a great day trip. Off Point Lobos Avenue, just up the hill from the Cliff House, is this paved area offering one of San Francisco's most spectacular views complete with the sounds of foghorns and barking seals in the distance! To the west, overlooking Seal Rocks and the Pacific, is a memorial to the men lost on the U.S.S. San Francisco at the Battle of Guadalcanal. The bridge of that ship forms the monument itself and the holes ripped into the metal are the result of damage received during the battle. To the north, overlooking the Marin Headlands, are binoculars with preset coordinates, all the better to view Mount Tamalpais or the Farallon Islands. Some, rather steep hiking trails, lead down from here to the ruins of the Sutro Baths. The Coastal Trail, also steep, leads east from Fort Miley towards Fort Mason by way of China Beach and Baker Beach. Admission is free.
Experience the beautiful sights of the San Francisco waterfront on your own Segway. A platform perched on two wheels, the Segway system has a patented gyroscope balancing system, enabling the standing rider to maneuver by tilting forward or backwards while using the steering control on the left handlebar to turn. Guided tours take you to great San Francisco attractions. This Segway tour is ideal for families, visitors and even residents of San Francisco to take in the beauty of the City by the Bay via one of the most unique and innovative modes of transportation around.
Aquarium of the Bay is a unique nature center and the only Aquarium dedicated to animals of the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters. The Aquarium gives visitors the opportunity to feel like a skin diver without getting wet as they walk through the Aquarium's crystal clear tunnels, while more than 20,000 sharks, bat rays, skates, octopi and other aquatic animals. With daily and special activities including behind the scenes tours, shark feeding presentations, a water discovery Lab for underwater detectives and much more; there is truly something for everyone to see, touch, discover and learn at Aquarium of the Bay.
Wild sea lions have flocked to Pier 39 since the 1989 earthquake and the population has grown ever since. Every winter the number increases to almost 900, thanks to the availability of space and ample food. Although some of the sea lions choose to migrate seasonally, usually some still keep Pier 39 as their regular haunt. You can bring your kids over for free educational talks by the Marine Mammal Center, held on weekends year-round provided the weather is good. See these wild adorable creatures up close and personal at this family friendly spot.
The official tour operating service of Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz Cruises takes travelers through the entire island. Different programs and events are also arranged by them. Tours are conducted for day and night time. Check website for further details. This tour gives one the opportunity to take in the vivid and often painful history of Alcatraz.
Acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Shirley Wong Torres, offers an insider tour of Chinatown. You can take a tour that stops at markets and restaurants known only to Chinatown experts. In addition, specialized tours that focus on the food and history of Chinatown can be arranged. Tour dates and times vary, so call ahead for information and reservations.
At one time, the spire of this cathedral was the tallest structure in the city. There may be buildings taller than this cathedral these days, but none offers such a rich history. The church's foundation is granite that was cut in China. The exterior of the Old Catholic Cathedral Of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is composed of red bricks that were made in New England and brought around Cape Horn. Inside, the white plaster sanctuary offers tained glass and exhibits the ribbed-vault arches typical of neo-gothic architecture. The lighting is kept low, giving the shrines along the walls, lit with indirect spots and votive candles, an ethereal glow. Display cases house a collection of drawings, photographs, and artifacts from St. Mary's rich history, which includes dramatic photos of the devastation caused by the 1906 earthquake and fire.
The Goethe-Institut- named for German writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 - 1832) is a premier cultural center promoting awareness of German culture and heritage. The Institute (with offices world-wide) has a year round calendar with artistic and educational events fostering cross-cultural dialogs throughout the Bay Area. The Goethe-Institut offers comprehensive German language courses for beginners as well as fluent speakers looking to maintain their skills. In addition to language courses, the Institute features film shows, contemporary art exhibitions, and performing arts events.
The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center is an impressive ice skating rink that is only open during the winter. This outdoor ice rink is the largest in the Bay Area, letting you skate while enjoying the fresh air and admiring the waterfront. After sunset this spot is popular with couples who want to skate hand-in-hand under the twinkling stars.
The Yerba Buena Ice Skating & Bowling Center is a year round ice skating rink in San Francisco. The ice skating center offers recreational skating (with plenty of skates to rent) day and night. Skating lessons are also available for beginners, as are hockey games, adult hockey workshops, and figure-skating lessons. With so much going on, it's advisable to call ahead to check the schedule. The arena can be rented for private groups or parties. The bowling alley, adjacent to the skating rink, is a great place to take friends or kids, and can be rented for parties. Lessons and league bowling are offered here.
Located in the popular tourist city of San Fransisco, the Presidio Golf Course is quite well known. Built across 6500 yards, this 18 hole course encompasses Eucalyptus and Pine trees. A public course, it is known to be hilly and competitive. The practice center at the course is well equipped and is open throughout the week. Individual trainers too are available for private lessons. The quaint and comfortable Clubhouse provides a welcome respite after a game of golf. Presidio is truly a must visit golf course in San Fransisco.
If you're looking to have fun but also exercise, look no further. This indoor trampoline park offers exercise classes, trampoline dodgeball, caters events and of course allows you to just rent an hour of trampoline time so you can jump until your heat is content. Make sure you book a reservation!