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Location: Pier 45, San Francisco, CA
One of the coolest ways to spend an afternoon in San Francisco is by going underwater on the USS Pampanito, a World War II fleet submarine built in 1943. She sank six Japanese ships and damaged...
Location: 86 Canada Road, Redwood City, CA
This beautiful 16-acre estate in Woodside may impress you more than it does your children. But the gardens are so lovely your children just may fall under their spell. And if they don't, mention that ...
Location: Pier 45, Shed A, San Francisco, CA
Musee Mecanique is a fascinating museum brimming with coin-operated old carnival attractions, such as marionettes, player pianos, and a scary mechanical laughing lady called Laughing Sal.
Location: Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda, CA
The aircraft carrier USS Hornet participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century - World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission.
Now peacefully moored at historic...
Location: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Located in the heart of the Financial District, the Wells Fargo History Museum connects the Bank's history to the Gold Rush, historic San Francisco, and stagecoach travel in early California. ...
Location: 2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco's only Victorian house museum, The Haas-Lilienthal House gives visitors a glimpse of the city's good life over 100 years ago. Hour-long tours take families through most of...
Location: The Embarcadero at Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Originally built in 1898, the Ferry Building survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes but was nearly done in by bad renovations in the 1950s and subsequent neglect. What was once a beacon for tens ...
Location: 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA
Dunsmuir House is a 50-acre estate that was designated in 1989 as an educational, historical, cultural, and horticultural resource. It's the site of historic tours, holiday activities, and c...
Location: 160 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA
A first-of-its-kind bread museum and bakery tour, visitors learn the journey from starter dough to crusty loaf, including the four ingredients key to any respectable loaf (salt, water, flour, yeast) a...
Location: 672 Eleventh Street, Oakland, CA
Built in 1868, the Pardee Estate was home to three generations of the Pardee family, and the museum is an Oakland City Landmark, a California Historical Landmark, and has been on the National R...
Location: 1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Plaza, San Francisco, CA
The pride of the city, the City Hall was only recently restored to its original status as "The Crown Jewel" of the finest ensemble of classical architecture in America. With is curving lines, soft cre...
Location: 88 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Mint (a branch of the United States Mint) was opened in 1854. The building, also known as "The Old Mint" or "The Granite Lady," is one of the few that survived the 1906 earthq...
Location: Old Coast Guard Station, West end of Crissy Field, San Francisco, CA
The center educates visitors about the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which is located just outside the Golden Gate.
Explore hands-on exhibits, including a tank of i...
Location: 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA
One of the city's oldest congregations, Grace Cathedral's soaring spires make it one of the city's landmarks. The order is Episcopalian, but the church welcomes all religions.