Waking up on the first morning of a vacation is one of my favorite feelings in the world. I love those first few groggy minutes when I crack open my eyes and look around wondering where I am before the exciting reality of being in a brand new place hits me. Our first morning in San Francisco was no exception and after I realized where I was I quickly got ready with Myles and Sarah and we were off!
Stop number one of the day was to Crissy Field for our first view of the Golden Gate bridge! What I didn’t know was that this area also had a gorgeous view of the San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz was so close that I almost felt like I could reach out and touch it from where we were standing. There was a long running path right by the bay that I could definitely picture myself using when I move to San Francisco one day 😉 We also stumbled upon a little marine conservatory where we met the cutest lady who told us all about whales and other forms of sea life that are found on the California coast, I’m so happy we decided to go inside on a whim.
We took a few pictures in Crissy Field before deciding we needed to get closer to the Golden Gate Bridge to see that typical postcard view with our own eyes. We called another uber and got to drive over the bridge which was amazing in itself before being dropped off at Battery Spencer for some unbelievable views. Of course we took a ton of pictures and I had given Sarah and Myles a Polaroid camera for Christmas so we took our first photo of the trip using that here too.
Our next stop of the day was Lombard Street where we were dropped off at the top and got to walk down “The Windiest Street in the World” that has more gorgeous views of the city. From here we were just a few blocks away from Fisherman’s Warf so we decided to walk there. We also happened to pass an In-N-Out on our way there and since I had never been we had to go inside so I could try a burger and fries animal style (MMMM).
For some reason I wasn’t the most excited about going to Fisherman’s Warf but it actually ended up being one of my favorite things of the day. I just thought it was so cool to see all of the fresh seafood stands lined up along the streets, the fishing boats in the harbor, and the cute shops everywhere you looked. We even found a really neat arcade filled with tons of old (and I mean OLD) arcade games that we wandered through before we stopped at Boudin’s Bakery for a tour. For only $3 you can take a self guided tour through the museum area of the bakery and actually peer down into where their famous sourdough bread is made. The bakery was also decorated super festive for the holidays so I was really glad we did this!
By now it was a little later in the day and Myles was craving some chocolate so we stopped into a chocolate store and he stocked up on some yummy treats that he graciously allowed Sarah and I to try as well. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the Girhadelli Square area which is where the company originated but that just gives me another reason to come back to San Francisco one day.
To end our non-stop touring of the city we walked down to Pier 39 where we got to see our first sea lions of the trip! There were so many and they made the loudest noises, I loved them! Pier 39 was also FULL of awesome shops and things to do and see. There was no way we would’ve had time to do everything here but I had such a good time marveling at everything as we walked around. At this point we were all ready for a break from exploring so we decided to head back to the hotel for a bit. Riding a cable car was another top item on our list of things we wanted to do, but as hard as we tried we couldn’t figure out how to get tickets to ride one from Pier 39 back to Union Square so we took an uber instead. That’s okay though, add it to my list of things to do next time I’m here.
Before we even left Florida we had all purchased tickets for the Exploratorium as we are all a bit nerdy and the sound of a whole museum full of interactive exhibits was something we couldn’t resist. Luckily our last day in San Francisco fell on a Thursday which is adult night at the Exploratorium and just meant that the entire place would be free of any children and that there would also be alcohol served right in the museum! We spent a ton of time exploring the exhibits in the first room of the Exploratorium before realizing that it was WAY bigger than I think any of us had imagined. There were rooms on rooms on rooms of interactive things to do with themes ranging from science, to optical illusions, to nature, to math, to biology. We could have easily spent a whole day here and I could just as easily write a whole blog post about it but I’ll leave it at that and recommend you check it out yourself if you’re ever there!
By the end of the evening we were all starving so we decided to eat at the resturant inside the Exploratorium where we all got this yummy mix of butternut squash, potatoes, and veggies topped with an egg called Holiday Hash. We also looked through the gift shop and got to see the San Francisco skyline at night for the first time which took my breath away. I love this city so much and I know I’ll be back whether its to visit again or even to live as I could definitely see myself staying here more long term. With how jam packed our day was with exciting things it was nearly impossible for us to pick a favorite part from today but here is what we decided on:
Myles: Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge.
S: Everything about the Exploratorium.
H: Exploring Fishermans Warf and Pier 39.