Union Square is one of the most premier shopping destinations in San Francisco. The area boasts a collection of over 350 shops, including staples like Apple, Tiffany & Co., NikeTown, Barneys New York, Macy's and Nordstrom. Visitors can also find larger shops dedicated to their favorite brands, including Converse, The North Face, Swatch, and Lacoste, as well as smaller boutiques.
Golden Gate Park offers many places to visit, including museums, lakes and gardens, and smaller attractions like children's playgrounds, a carousel that was built in 1912, dog parks, and lawn bowling. Some recommended sites are Stow Lake, the largest lake in the park and second largest lake in San Francisco, Conservatory and Flowers for butterfly and flower enthusiasts, Buffalo Paddock to watch buffalo roam in an open, safe habitat, and the Dutch and Murphy Windmills.
The Embarcadero is a great place for biking, walking and skating and features a wide variety of piers, restaurants, parks and other attractions. Some of the top sights are Fisherman's Wharf, Levi's Plaza Park, The Exploratorium which contains hands-on exhibits to teach science and offers a free bay view walk, and Market Street which has over 120 shops and restaurants.
The world-famous sea lions can be found lounging right on Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf. The Sea Lion Center, located on Pier 39, is a free nature center where visitors can learn about these playful creatures through presentations, hands-on artifacts, one-on-one interactions with naturalists and by observing the sea lions in action as they bask in the San Francisco sun.
Paid parking is available around Fisherman's Wharf, ranging from $15.00 to $40.00, depending on location. Travelers can also take advantage of street and metered parking in and around the area. Nearby parking garages include the Pier 39 Garage, SP Plus Parking system, and Fisherman's Wharf Parking, each priced in the range of $25.00 to $30.00.