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alpha010 11-18-2010 08:14 AM

"If you're going to San Francisco....."
 
Hey everyone! Just booked a weekend in San Fracisco Jan. 13-17th. First time ever in Cali and looking for fun stuff to do! We are going to stay somewhere in fisherman's wharf so you know a tour to Alcatraz is going to be looked at, but my wife and I need some fun family places to take our 2 and 3 year olds as well as botanical places for me to go!
Thanks for the help!

Bob

DoctorSteve 11-18-2010 02:39 PM

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I can give more later, I will ask my wife as she is the trip coordinator. Oh and let me know if you can drive 20 minutes. If you drive just over the Bay Bridge you can also go to Berkeley and there is cool stuff there like The Berkeley Botanical Gardens run by UC Berkeley.

Sutro Baths @ sutrobaths.com

California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco Museum and Planetarium - Bay Area Natural History Museum

Astronomy & Space: Sites, Activities & Projects | Exploratorium

TARTINE BAKERY (So good there will be a line though, but worth it)

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

alpha010 11-18-2010 03:04 PM

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Oh yes I will be mobile, I dont go anywhere without full freedom of exploration! haha!
cool links, I will definitely write all this down and do some research. Thanx Doc!

coast crab 11-18-2010 07:07 PM

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Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...

MediaHound 11-18-2010 09:51 PM

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Cool, you'll love it, congrats. I almost moved my family to San Francisco earlier this year.
You can also head into wine country just north of there, Napa Valley.
Wish I could tell you more about some great places to see, I'm not the resident expert.
I would PM Harvey C for some tips, he also has his chestnut farm within driving distance from there.

alpha010 11-19-2010 06:02 AM

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Good Job Russell, on picking that up!
Smart thinking Jarred!, totally forgot about Napa Valley, I looooooooove wine! Not a big fan of chestnuts, but may have to talk to Harvey about making a stop his way considering I have heard about how nice the Correia family farm is from more than just this site.

Jack Daw 11-19-2010 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by MediaHound (Post 148023)
Cool, you'll love it, congrats. I almost moved my family to San Francisco earlier this year.

Why? I would guess that climatewise,... Florida is a better choice, ay? All those foggy days in the bay... ;)

Alpha, enjoy the trip! :08:

alpha010 11-19-2010 07:23 AM

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Thanks Jack, I fully intend on it! The only thing that is going to suck is if I go to a nursery or garden center that has plants that are not sold in my area I'll have to ship them home since I don't think the airline will appreciate me carrying plants home on board.....especially if I see some 'neglected' nanners in someone's landscape and decide to do some "guerilla gardening" like I wanted to down in PCB, FLA this passed summer.

Patty in Wisc 11-19-2010 02:33 PM

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I went there w/ 2 friends when I was 18... my first trip as an adult. We stayed near Fisherman's Warf. No car ...we hitch hiked everywhere - surprised we are still alive! That Bay bridge is much longer than the Golden Gate. I remember they have a cool China Town - great food but s'posedly dangerous to be there.
I'd definately visit Harvey & Nappa Valley. pm Harvey
Oh yeah, it gets cold there! I was there in July & we had to wear jackets every day.

DoctorSteve 11-19-2010 02:38 PM

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Hey sorry I have not gotten any ideas from my Wife yet. She got home late after spending a day in San Francisco with her mom. At that time of night I just forgot.

I would like to say this though, if you are coming her you MUST go see the redwoods. Every single person who asks what to see in CA I say, REDWOODS! You can get museums, food and all that stuff anywhere but you can't get natural wonders anywhere.

I think the closest redwood grove or forest worth seeing is Muir Woods Muir Woods National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) Named after the man mostly responsible for national parks. If you are a plant lover, nature lover, then you will love the redwoods. Trees over 300 feet tall, they create their own microclimate, with ferns, mushrooms, moss growing all over.

I fell in love with redwoods the very first time I saw them, around 6 years old. Let me know how far you can drive and I will tell you where the best ones are that I have been. I promise that the redwoods will stay with you forever. I plan on living in the Santa Cruz area when I retire, redwoods everywhere. They used to be all over but logging took so much of them.

Let me know if you are going I could even meet you there:08: Depending on the day.

Linda_GER 11-19-2010 03:52 PM

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I visited the West Coast in 2008, and...San Francisco has been the coldest place there... :ha: after travelling to L.A., Death Valley, Las Vegas and many other interesting places...

I even had to wear a jacket! :eek: In my holidays! Unbelievable... ;)

DoctorSteve 11-19-2010 04:41 PM

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You two thinks it's cold, it's chilly but it's not cold:ha:. Yes you have to wear a jacket most of the time but believe it or not it is zone 10. That is only because it does not get that cold. It feels cold because there is usually wind, and the sea air is moist. I am not saying that you don't need to wear warm clothes, I guess I just think of cold as snow and ice.:)

The coldest place I have been in CA is Tahoe.:coldbanana:

coast crab 11-19-2010 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by alpha010 (Post 148035)
Good Job Russell, on picking that up!

Yes, it was almost too instant! Guess what's playing over and over in my head now...

R


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