Head up to the observation deck at the De Young
Golden Gate Park
Skip the lines and the $10 price tag at the De Young and head upstairs to the The Hamon Observation Tower. The spectacular glass-walled space 144ft above ground boasts 360-degree panoramic views of downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, the Bay, and the Marin headlands, and you can enjoy a nice little walk around Golden Gate Park while you’re there.
Again, buying things is gonna cost you, but it’s still fun (and free) to admire the vintage collectibles that are on display here every Sunday.
Learn something new on a walking tour
All over the city
No reservation is needed for these free tours of San Francisco. Choose a topic that focuses on anything and everything, from neighborhoods and underground tunnels, to history and Barbary Coast bars. Then bond over your newfound knowledge of underground tunnels and Barbary Coast bars.