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Things to Do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is the largest urban park in the world, covering three counties along nearly 30 mi (48 km) of pristine shorelines. The area wraps around the northern and western edges of the city, encompassing a variety of attractions. Here are some of the highlights:

Aquatic Park, adjacent to the Hyde Street Pier, has a nice swimming beach, while Fort Mason Center holds a variety of museums, theaters, and shops, often with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Marina Green is a favorite local spot for kite-flying, jogging, and walking along the Promenade. The Golden Gate Promenade is San Francisco’s most scenic biking, jogging, and walking path. The Promenade travels along the shore past Crissy Field and ends under the Golden Gate Bridge, at Fort Point.

On the western edge of the bay, Baker Beach draws sunbathers, anglers, and hikers.

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Tiburon
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Named for the small leopard sharks that swim along its shoreline, Tiburon sits scenically in Marin County across the bay from San Francisco. It is a small, charming town known for its affluent residents and relaxed attitude. The quaint architecture and style are reminiscent of a New England seaport village. The town developed as a terminal connecting the railways of San Rafael to San Francisco.

Of course being directly across from the city, much of Tiburon’s waterfront has an excellent view of the San Francisco skyline. Boutique shops, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants with said views can be found on the town’s Main Street and Ark Row. Many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and boating are popular here, especially on sunny days.

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Marine Mammal Center

Just across the bay from San Francisco in Sausalito, the Marine Mammal Center has been rescuing local sea life for decades. Visitors have the chance to interact with local marine mammals including harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals, and fur seals. The center rehabilitates and protects sick and injured seals and sea lions, many of which were stranded and would die without direct help. It was the first hospital built exclusively for marine mammals in the United States, treating animals from along 600 miles of the California coast.

The center focuses on conversation and education, allowing for the public to tour their research and rehabilitation facilities. Since its opening over 40 years ago, it has rescued and treated more than 20,000 marine mammals. Animals are rehabilitated with the goal of re-releasing them back into the wild. Most of the year, it is possible to see the animals that are being housed at the center through a visit.

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