Here are a few photos from our first visitors, our cousins, Karen and Carl!
A visit to the Musée Mécanique on Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the largest collections of coin-operated mechanical games, arcades, and musical instruments. You can enter for free and enjoy the different displays for only $0.25! It is both fascinating and somewhat creepy, but is a great little “pop-in.” The large mechanical laughing lady at the entrance is both hilarious and terrifying — put in your quarter, it’s definitely worth it!
We then visited the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Wharf, complete with a wide variety of tasty and delicious foods.
After a delicious meal, we walked through Union Square on our way to Chinatown. While Chinatown is usually a happening and bustling place, it was even more packed with activity in celebration of the Chinese New Year/Festival of Lanterns.
After dancing in the streets in Chinatown, we were ready for a coffee break in the Mission District. We jumped on the Bart…
…and walked through this ever-changing graffitied alleyway on our way to coffee.
The Mission is packed with eclectic shops, a wide variety of food places, and (thanks to Nick’s excellent knowledge), a number of unique coffee spots.
After a tasty Indian dinner, we popped into a few more unique Mission District shops.
We filled our next day with outdoor activities, starting with a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to the many vista points overlooking the bridge.
After many bridge photos, we headed to Muir Woods to hike among the redwoods. Here’s a great tip: Muir Woods is free on holidays…but also incredibly popular. If you plan to take advantage of the free entry, go early. (Standard park entry is only $7/person.) By the time we got there in early afternoon, we were looking at a good two mile walk just to get to the park entrance. So we made a slight change and headed to Muir Beach for a stroll in the sand and a hike up the mountain.
And what’s better than Ghirardelli chocolate after a trip to the beach and a nice afternoon hike?
For our last activity before dinner in a 1950’s style seafood restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, we visited the Balaclutha, an old timey tallship that used to ship goods all over the world. Again, since the maritime park is run by the National Park Service, these ships were free thanks to the holiday weekend.
Come back soon!
(And a special thanks to Nick and Dan for their photos!)