10 Things to do in San Francisco in Winter

10th August 2018

10 Things to do in San Francisco in Winter

10 Things to do in San Francisco in Winter

Don’t let chilly weather get in the way of enjoying your stay in beautiful San Francisco; this West Coast city has so much to offer, no matter the forecast. Here’s a list of 10 things to do in San Francisco in winter as advised by our travel expert Audrey.

Admire the Lights

Many neighbourhoods and areas, such as Union Square, have elaborate light displays just for the holidays. Walk around some of the cosy streets and experience the season’s twinkling beauty. If you have time, then drive further afield to Pleasanton, Palo Alto or Alameda where you will be treated to magical displays and creations. A visit to these neighbourhoods is well worth the trip.

Eat Good Food

The Bay Area is notorious for its endless options of incredible food. You can find everything from local farmer’s markets and food stalls to Michelin star restaurants, so there is sure to be something for every kind of food lover. For authentic, traditional Chinese dishes, take a stroll into a dim sum restaurant in San Francisco’s iconic China Town, or if Italian is more your speed, you’re sure to find something delicious in South Beach.

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Go to a Basketball Game

San Francisco is home to the reigning national champions, the Golden State Warriors. Head to the Oracle Arena in Oakland to check out one of their home basketball games and take in the lively atmosphere.

Try Ice Skating

Rinks are put up all around the city in the winter, so lace up some skates and enjoy the winter tradition

things to do in san francisco in winter

Explore the California Academy of Sciences

The science museum hosts an annual holiday exhibit called ‘Tis the Season for Science. The exhibit highlights animals that live in Arctic and Antarctic habitats. There’s also some fun to be had for the adults when the skating rink is transformed in to a 21+ venue with drinks and music.

See a Show

The San Francisco Theater hosts a wide variety of musicals, plays and stand-up comedy that are sure to keep you entertained on a chilly winter day. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a bit more festive, the San Francisco ballet has an annual holiday performance of the Nutcracker that can’t be missed!

Go Shopping

Visit the central hub of the city in Union Square and take a walk around this lively section of the city and check out its wide variety of shops, restaurants and galleries. Or head over to the Hayes Valley – for day sifting through unique boutiques and restaurants. San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood is also a great place to see some of the city’s one-of-a-kind style.

things to do in san francisco in winter

Visit the Exploratorium

Hailed as one of the best science museums in the country, the Exploratorium is loads of fun for all ages. They have a wide variety of exhibits to keep kids occupied for hours, and they host an Adults Only night every Thursday, so you can enjoy this stop with or without the children.

Visit Muir Woods

A winter visit it Muir Woods can be a fun treat. Admire the 200-foot-tall redwoods and the natural beauty that California has to offer. The national monument provides a perfect family outing since the main path is only one mile long and the pavement and boardwalk make it smooth enough for strollers and wheelchairs.

things to do in san francisco in winter

Go Whale Watching

From December to April, whale watching is in full swing around the Bay Area. Check out the incredible sights of gray and killer whales as they migrate through the San Francisco waters.

Thinking about going to San Francisco? Contact one of our experienced travel experts and let them help you plan your holiday today!

By Audrey Joyce

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: San Francisco

San Francisco is diverse and picturesque, with a compact downtown bursting with attractions and each distinct area boasting its own appeal. Union Square is a great option to stay with many restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. Fisherman’s Wharf is ideal for families while the regenerated Embarcadero is a hip neighbourhood on the bay. The Financial District is central and close to famous Chinatown. Take the hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore the city from Golden Gate Park over to Sausalito and Muir Woods. Be sure to pre-book the famous Alcatraz tour as it sell out quickly or join a tour to the nearby winelands or spectacular Yosemite National Park.