Vacations cost money, some more than others, but if you are visiting San Francisco there are some wonderful sites that cost you little or nothing but will add greatly to your enjoyment while touring the city.
Use this “top five” list to inspire you in finding free or low cost travel options while visiting San Francisco and other cities you may have on your travel route.
(1) San Francisco Botanical Gardens.- The climate of San Francisco provides a unique atmosphere that allows the growth and maintenance of plants from around the world. As a result, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens offers a look at plants that are rare almost anywhere else on earth. The Gardens cover 55 acres and host more than 7500 plants from around the world.
(2) Chinese Culture Center – This center offers resources about the Chinese culture in San Francisco in addition to many programs that are available to learn about the artistic and cultural contributions that the Chinese community has made to the city.
(3) Fort Point National Historic Site. This site has special historical significance. Its original intent was to prevent invading forces from entering San Francisco Bay. By the end of the Civil War the massive cannons that had been used for this purpose were obsolete. The last of the original 126 cannons was removed around 1900. During the 1930’s, the fort was used as a headquarters for the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. This Fort has played a vital role in the city’s history and is worth a visit, especially considering the fact that it is free.
(4) Stern Grove Concerts. These concerts take place on Sunday afternoons during summer months but are well worth checking out if you have a sunny Sunday afternoon available during your stay. The goal of these concerts is to educate the masses and potentially inspire future musicians. A love of music is the second best gift you can give a child, second only to a love of reading. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and it’s free!
(5) Wells Fargo History Museum. This museum is a fun side trip for the family. Not only does it tell the history of Wells Fargo as it pertains to San Francisco, but it also tells of Black Bart and other stagecoach robbers while providing visitors with the awe inspiring story of the great earthquake of 1906 and the role of Wells Fargo in the recovery process.
If you are visiting San Francisco and need some great family friendly activities to fill your days, then this is definitely a great place to start to entertain young and old alike. Remember not to over plan your trip, as some of the greatest times to be had are spontaneous and sometimes free and low priced have some of the greatest enjoyment rewards..