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Entry Tickets: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

1. Entry Tickets: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

SFMOMA now expands to 170,000 square feet, featuring outstanding holdings of more than 33,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Julie Mehretu, and numerous others, including an entire floor dedicated solely to photography. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, a variety of dining options, and a Museum store offering artful gift options for everyone, SFMOMA is an unforgettable experience and a must-see San Francisco destination.   The museum is committed to exploring the new, the challenging, and the unexpected. From its internationally recognized and rapidly growing collection of more than thirty thousand artworks to its innovative film and performance programs, SFMOMA has continuously advanced the interpretation, presentation, and preservation of modern and contemporary art — embracing its connection to the world around us. Reflecting the Bay Area’s tradition of technological innovation and forward thinking, the museum was one of the first American art museums to recognize photography and film as art forms, and championed architecture, design, and media arts before they were focuses of museum collecting. The museum houses deep holdings of work by individual artists across their careers, particularly within its Painting and Sculpture collection. The museum are also dedicated to supporting and collecting the work of California artists, especially those active in the Bay Area. Artists are at the center of the work on display. Curators and conservators work directly with artists to interpret, present, and care for an artwork across its lifetime, even — as in the case of performance — if it’s only for one night. Located in San Francisco’s bustling SoMA district, SFMOMA is just steps from Yerba Buena Gardens, downtown hotels, the Moscone Center, public transportation (including BART and Muni), and numerous parking garages. SFMOMA's garage on Minna Street is a few steps from the museum's main entrance on Third Street. Plus, parking on-site directly supports the museum. Limited bicycle parking is also available.

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San Francisco: Alcatraz and Big Bus City Tour Ticket

2. San Francisco: Alcatraz and Big Bus City Tour Ticket

Tour the famous prison that has played a role in jailhouse folklore and the historic evolution of the West Coast. Explore the island of Alcatraz and learn about its history as a U.S. Army asset as well as a federal prison. You'll learn more about the 14 unsuccessful escape attempts by over 30 prisoners and their fates. Your Premium Big Bus hop-on-hop-off pass is a great way to see the sights of San Francisco. Listen to commentary by live English-speaking guides, or enjoy pre-recorded audio commentary in 10 languages. Your ticket is valid for 1 full day of unlimited hop-on-hop-off, 1 walking tour, and a 1-hour panoramic night tour. Explore one of San Francisco's most fascinating neighborhoods on a fun and informative walking tour of Chinatown. The tours are offered daily, and you can ask an agent for locations and time schedules. Also included are a bonus 1-hour bike rental (with the purchase of a 1-hour rental) and Players Arcade Drink and Game Tokens. Hop-on, hop-off tour stops include: Stop 1: Corner of Jefferson & Mason StreetStop 2: Holiday Inn Northpoint b/w Jones & ColumbusStop 3: Washington Square - Columbus & Union StreetsStop 4: Embarcadero Center - Corner Clay & Battery StreetsStop 5: Ferry Building - Market St b/w Stuart & Spear StreetsStop 6: Union Square South - Geary St across from Macy’sStop 7: Hilton Hotel - Corner Mason & Ellis StreetsStop 8: Civic Center - Fulton St b/w Larkin & Hyde StreetsStop 9: Alamo Square - Corner Fell & Pierce StreetsStop 10: Haight Ashbury - Haight & Shrader StreetsStop 11: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate ParkStop 12: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista PointStop 13: Palace of Fine Arts - Richardson & Francisco StreetStop 14: Marina Neighborhood - Lombard & Fillmore StreetsStop 15: Lombard Street Corridor - Lombard & Gough StreetsStop 16: Union Square North - Post & Powell StreetsStop 17: Chinatown Gate - Grant and Bush StreetsStop 18: Portsmouth Square - Kearny & Clay StreetsStop 19: Pier 35 Cruise Terminal - The EmbarcaderoStop 20: Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf (then return to Stop 1)

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GPS Talking Tour Cars: Chinatown/Downtown Loop

3. GPS Talking Tour Cars: Chinatown/Downtown Loop

Take a GPS-guided tour in the Storytelling Car® and see for yourself why TIME Magazine called GoCar "The Most Amazing Invention of the Year!" Let GoCar be your guide through an exciting loop of San Francisco's Chinatown and Downtown. GoCar, The Cure for the Common Tour®, lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour busses cannot go – all at your own pace! Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and let the GoCar show you what most visitors never see! Zip around in a cute, yellow Storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive. Since it is GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don’t. With you in the driver’s seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells the stories that bring the city to life. Let the car direct you, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail! Your tour’s length may vary due to circumstances such as departure time and location, traffic and your itinerary. If you do take additional rental time, this will be billed in 15-minute increments at our retail rates. You may visit all or some of the tour’s highlights. If you are unsure of which tour to book, just book according to the amount of time you think you would like to spend. We can customize a tour especially for you, with the sights you want to include, when you come into our shop. PRICING IS PER VEHICLE NOT PER PERSON. EACH VEHICLE SEATS 2 PEOPLE. GoCar Tours, a CarbonNeutral® Company Gocar Tours is certified CarbonNeutral® by offsetting all CO2 emissions from vehicle operations, electricity use, business travel and employee commuting across global operations in Europe and the United States.

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Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

4. Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

Want to turn downtown San Francisco into your own personal giant board game? Urban Adventure Quest created an interactive Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt that lets you do just that. On this 3-hour sightseeing tour of San Francisco, you’ll be guided through the city from any smart phone. This is the perfect tour for groups – large or small – looking to make their way to the most well-known sites, along with some hidden gems that the city tries to keep secret. Race to be the first to finish the game, or take as much time as you need, solving clues, completing challenges and learning about local history along the way. The adventure begins in Yerba Buena Park and takes you on a well-designed course through Union Square, Chinatown, and down to the waterfront. You’ll explore approximately 2 miles of guided walking tour and use the city’s cable cars at one point in the game. Use your smart phone as your guide and determine your own pace. Feel like stopping to grab some dim sum in Chinatown? No Problem. Want to grab an ice cream at Fisherman's Wharf? Go for it! You’re on your own schedule. This tour is offered at a fixed group price instead of a per person pricing scale, so this is the perfect city adventure for groups who want to get the best bang for their buck. Points of Interest on Your Quest: Union Square China Town Cable Car Museum Ghirardelli Hyde Pier

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What people are saying about Union Square, San Francisco

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 148 reviews

The absolute best way to see the city and explore. This is the second scavenger hunt we've done and we especially enjoy it because we can go at our own pace, stop at shops along the way and grab food, or even pause and resume the next day. We saw parts of Union Square, China Town, Fisherman's Wharf, and downtown that we never would have seen otherwise. Highly recommend it

A fabulous collection!! Broad in its coverage of artists and impressive in its choice of pieces by each artist. The Diego mural, in and of itself, is worth the price of admission. The German artists after 1960 was exceptional. The range of Richter's was most impressive. New exhibit of "COVID related art" was moving. Racially immersive room was painful but very important.

SFMOMA is always a treat. We go every time we are in San Francisco. My favorite is Amstel Keivfer and he never disappoints. The museum’s special features never fail to amaze me and I can never leave the venue without a trip to the shop to see their new additions.

The museum is easy to get to and a wonderful variety of Art. They are working on redtoringva beautiful Diego Rivera mural! Would go again.

It was great. I was provided with the proper information I needed. I will surely use this again when I return.