Five things to do for free in... San Francisco
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San Francisco is a fantastic city that's well worth the visit to experience the northern region of California and the incredible Bay Area.
Here are some great ways to see the city on a budget:
1. 1. Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate is the symbol for San Francisco, as it's one of the defining sites of the city. It's a huge tourist attraction, as tons of people come to the city to see it and take their picture of the massive bridge. It is well worth the visit and is completely free. You can bike or walk the 1.7 miles across the Golden Gate, and provides a beautiful view of the city and the Bay. Many people walk half way to see the sight and then walk back; either way, it’s a worthy experience.
2. 2. Author talks and readings
San Francisco is full of free literary events, such as author talks and readings. Litseen is a great website to go to for listings of literary events within the Bay Area, many of which are completely free and definitely worth checking out. Many are held at cool independent bookstores, which are cool places to visit while in the city anyway.
3. 3. Museums
There are so many wonderful museums to check out in the Bay Area, so you'll definitely find one that fulfills of your interests. A few are free every day, like the Cable Car Museum, but most of themhave select free days, so check out freeMuseumday for listings.
4. 4. Shakespeare in the Park
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival puts on free shows in local parks through their program, Shakespeare in the Park. It’s completely free and you get to experience a full production of Shakespeare’s plays—this summer they are presenting Hamlet. It runs all through the summer months, giving ample time to check it out.
5. 5. Take a trip over to Berkeley
Berkeley is not far from San Francisco and is a unique city that is a great way to see some of the Bay Area outside of the major city. The campus of University of California, Berkeley is beautiful and great for taking walks through. While you are there, you can go to the top of Sather Tower (known as The Campanile), which offers a lovely view of the campus, the city of Berkeley, and the greater Bay Area. Meanwhile, the city of Berkeley offers a vast amount of fantastic food options, cool shops and bookstores to check out and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.