“San Francisco, oh my San Francisco, if only I was not so dear …”
Mistaken! You will be amazed to know how many free activities you can find in this seductive city. Today we will show you how to organize a low cost holiday in San Francisco. You are ready?
The key to a low cost trip is, first of all, to choose cheap accommodation, especially if you plan to stay several days in the city. In San Francisco you can stay at hotels starting at around $80 a night and Union Square is the headquarters for this type of compromise. If you have a good spirit of adaptation, we recommend San Francisco hostels where you can stay for only $30.
Pass for attractions
CityPASS or Go Card San Francisco is a perfect and cheap solution to visit all that City has to offer. With this pass, you will have access to the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay and about one hour in the bay. You can also travel to the city using the Muni bus or the famous Cable Car at no extra cost.
Finally, with the Go Card, you can choose from over 25 attractions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the AT & T Park Tour, San Francisco Dungeon and some tours to the famous Muir Woods park and the wine region.
Golden Gate Bridge
You cannot leave San Francisco without having a close look at the Golden Gate Bridge. Fortunately, this experience fits all the pockets, because it’s free! You just have to decide whether to walk or ride along these two kilometers of history.
Music lovers will be happy to know that many free festivals are held in San Francisco. For example, each year the Golden Gate Park hosts the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, a seven-stage musical event and more than 100 artists.
Another possibility, at Golden Gate Park, is the Stern Grove Festival, a free concert that takes place every Sunday throughout the summer. If you are looking for something that also offers a great culinary choice, then do not miss the North Beach Festival.
Murales in the Mission District
What’s the lowest cost of street art? If you are art lovers but do not want to spend too much, the Mission Districtis the right place for you. Here you will find dozens of murals of all kinds and style, depicting both political and social themes as well as abstract and creative subjects.
Many museums in San Francisco are cheap or free. The Fisherman’s Wharf, in particular, is the right place for this kind of experience, because it is home two free museums such as the Musée Mécanique, with more than 200 antique musical instruments, and the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
In addition, other museums in this area such as the Museum of Craft and Design and the De Young Museum (which with its Hamon Observation Tower offer a wonderful visit to the city) are free on some days of the week.
AT & T Park Portwalk
Do you want a unique view of the bay as you attend a San Francisco Giants baseball game? The AT & T Park’s Portwalk is the perfect place for this unique experience. It is a walk between the outer wall of the baseball court and the bay, and it will allow you to enjoy the sea breeze as you will have three innings of any game on the field, all for free.
Some of the best attractions at the PIER 39 are free, such as watching the relaxed marine lion’s bask in the sun. Here you can spend a day relaxing, indulging yourself in an ice cream or coffee while strolling around the jetty and enjoying the exceptional views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.