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12 things you pretty much have to do in SF this Summer

Published On 05/28/2014 Published On 05/28/2014
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1. Aquarium of the Bay Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fishermans Wharf)

Get a look at the deep sea at this aquarium via walk through tunnels were octopuses, bat rays and sharks swim over head as well as touch pools to get a feel of some of the creatures. While it's not the biggest aquarium out there, with some rare animals like three 40 pound octopuses from the deep end, it'll certainly leave you satiated.

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2. Golden Gate Park 501 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Golden Gate Park)

Over 1,000 acres with a Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Gardens, dog parks and museums guarantees that you could spend all day here at this urban parks. And if you're one of many just hoping to relax, bring your hamburgers and hot dogs to grill out on one of their many BBQ grills.

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3. The Armory Club 1799 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

From the people behind Kink.com (Warning: not a website about your neck after sleeping on the sofa), AC's chock-full of surprisingly not-x-rated, actually high-class decor: there's an ornate metal-worked ceiling, Victorian-y wallpaper, an electric fireplace within a fireplace, and framed flatscreens depicting everything from a hanging chain to a woman in full-body latex and a gas mask because... oh, yeah, this is run by a p*rn site.

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4. Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)

Think of this like a mom-and-pop of movie viewing experiences. When you head to this theatre you're not going to get lost trying to find which screen your movie is playing on and you're definitely not going to have too many options to choose from as there's only one screen.

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5. Mission Dolores Park Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Dolores Park in The Mission is home to a ton of hipster-esque commodities. From an Easter Hunky Jesus party to different sections of the park producing extremely different clientele, there's seriously never a dull moment. Also, the food surrounding the park is some of the best in the entire city.

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6. Union Square Union Square Park, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)

Home to beautiful shops, the W Hotel with the famed Clock Bar inside, a heart sculpture that gets more international action than any other spot in SF, and floods of tourists, Union Square is the spot to be when visiting from out of town. In the Winter, the plaza turns into an ice skating haven.

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7. Washington Square Park Washington Square, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

If you're grabbing lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes that are on its periphery, get it to go and lay out here, at one of the city's first parks. when night falls and the lights turn on at Saint Peter and Paul's church, we're sure you'll have another #nofilter Instagram to post.

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8. Sigmund Stern Grove 2750 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132 (Parkmerced)

Stern Grove, home to some of the best musical guests every Summer in SF, is a little venue within the city that's pretty magical. The SG Festival is free every single year, so be sure to head there with some cheap brews and delicious grub.

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9. Thai Stick 925 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Pacific Heights)

This Thai joint is one of many chains around the city, but its superb noodles, curries, and meat dishes are something to head in for repeatedly.

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10. Mezzanine 444 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

SoMa’s Mezzanine is the premier spot for dancey DJ sets and late-night dance parties. Stocked with a full bar, disco ball, and fog machine, Mezzanine is a popular venue to catch local talents, as well as gigs from national names like Big Freedia, Mos Def, and many more. Be sure to check its calendar, AND check the dress code before heading over!

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