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Sunday July 27, 2014

San Francisco Attractions

Alcatraz Island (Northeast)
the notorious former federal prison in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is accessible to the public through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Blue and Gold Fleet. To reach Alcatraz Island, you travel by ferry from Pier 41 at Fisherman's Wharf. The ferry ride will take you approximately 20 to 25 minutes. The ferry is easily reached from the Union Square by bus lines 15-Third or 30-Stockton or by cable car Powell-Mason line.
Once you arrive at Alcatraz Island you must walk up a steep hill. There are no elevators. There is an accessible, interactive computer program of the island's history available for those unable to make the walk uphill. 415-705-5555 or visit the ticket booth at Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf. The ticket booth is open Monday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. Call 415-705-5555 for an update on extended summer hours.

Golden Gate Park. (Southwest)
John F. Kennedy Dr. west of Stanyan St.
415-263-0991 for walking tour info. Open 24 hours. Free guided tours: Sat. at 11 and Sun. at 11 and 2.
Muni Buses 5-Fulton and 21-Hayes; N-Judah light-rail car.
Bordered by the Great Highway on the west, Lincoln Way on the south, Stanyan Street on the east, Fulton St. on the north. The 1, 017 acre park contains a dozen artificial lakes; a world renowned collection of trees and other plants; miles of roads, bridle paths and foot trails. The park extends three miles from Fell and Stanyan Streets to the ocean. In addition to the Asian Art museum, there is a bison paddock, a restored Dutch style windmill, an equestrian center, a trotting track, tennis courts, archery fields, golf course, a polo field stadium, and an outdoor music concourse which offers concerts all year.
The Visitor Center is located in a Beach Chalet on Great Highway and features murals with scenes of the city during the Great Depression, as well as mosaics and wood carvings. (Daily: 10-dusk).

Palace Of Fine Arts (Northwest)
3601 Lyon Street (Adjacent to the Exploratorium)
San Francisco's rococo Palace of Fine Arts is at the western end of the Marina. The palace is the sole survivor of the many tinted plaster, lath and chicken wire buildings built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the world's fair that celebrated San Francisco's recovery from the 1906 earthquake and fire. The Palace of Fine Arts was recast in concrete and reopened in 1967. The massive columns, great rotunda dedicated to the glory of Greek culture, and swan-filled lagoon have been used in countless fashion layouts and films.

Exploratorium (Northwest)
Inside the Palace of Fine Arts is the city's science museum.
Baker and Beach Sts.
415-561-0364 for palace tours; 415-561-0360 for Exploratorium info.

The Exploratorium has a camera on top of their roof that brings live images from the Marina, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Palace of Fine Arts and many more attractions. Viewers have the ability to control the camera in order to view particular attractions.
For information on upcoming exhibits, call 415 EXP-LORE.

San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art ( Southeast)
151 3rd St.
Admission charged, but free 1st Tues. of each month and 1/2-price entry Thurs. 6-9. Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri.-Tues. 10-6, Thurs. 10-9; Labor Day-Memorial Day, Fri.-Tues. 11-6, Thurs. 11-9
The architect Mario Botta designed the striking facility, completed in early 1995, which consists of a sienna brick facade and a central tower of alternating bands of black and white stone. Inside, natural light from the tower floods the central atrium and some of the museum's galleries. Works by Matisse, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Kahlo, Pollock, Warhol, and other 20th-century artists form the heart of the diverse permanent collection. Programming includes traveling exhibits and multimedia installations.

Yerba Buena Gardens (Southeast)
Between 3rd, 4th, Mission, and Folsom Sts
Sunrise-10 PM.
The two block heart of the South of Market Street redevelopment area includes the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Sony Metreon entertainment complex, and the Moscone Center convention facilities.

Rooftop at Yerba Buena Gardens contains a Looff carousel, a high-tech, interactive arts and technology center for children, gardens, a playground, an ice-skating rink, and a bowling alley.
The waterfall memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. is the focal point of the East Garden in the block between Mission and Howard streets. Water surges over large, jagged stone columns, mirroring the force of King's words that are carved on the stone walls and on glass blocks behind the waterfall. Above the memorial are two restaurants and an overhead walkway to the rooftop area.

Asian Art Museum (Southwest)
Tea Garden Dr. off John F. Kennedy Dr., near 10th Ave. and Fulton St.,
415-668-8921 or 415-379-8801.
$s off with Muni transfer, good also for same-day admission to the M. H. de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park; free 1st Wed. of month. Tues.-Sun. 9:30-4:45, 1st Wed. of month until 8:45. The museum's collection includes more than 12,000 sculptures, paintings, and ceramics from 40 countries, illustrating major periods of Asian art. On the first floor are special exhibitions as well as galleries dedicated to works from Korea and China. On the second floor are treasures from Iran, Turkey, Syria, India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Japan, Afghanistan, and Southeast Asia.

California Palace Of The Legion Of Honor (Northwest)
34th Ave. at Clement St.
415-863-3330 for 24-hr information.
$s off with Muni transfer, good also for same-day admission to Asian Art and M. H. de Young museums. Free 2nd Wed. of month. Tues.-Sun. 9:30-5.
Spectacularly situated on cliffs overlooking the ocean and the Marin Headlands, this landmark building is a fine repository of European art. The lower-level galleries exhibit prints and drawings, English and European porcelain, and ancient Assyrian, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art. The 20-plus galleries on the upper level are devoted to European art from the 14th century to the present. Two galleries are devoted to the Rodin collection, and a third with works by him and other 19th-century sculptors. An original cast of Rodin's The Thinker welcomes the visitor in the courtyard.

Chinatown (covers about 16 square blocks)
Delicious smells waft out of restaurants, fish markets, and produce stands. Good-luck banners of crimson and gold hang beside dragon-entwined lampposts, pagoda roofs, and street signs with Chinese calligraphy.
Grant Avenue and Stockton Street are the main thoroughfares and are lined with tearooms, shops and temples, Christian missions, Chinese schools, theaters, and grocery stores. Be sure to visit the district's narrow side streets also. At No. 56 Ross Alley west of and parallel to Grant Avenue between Washington and Jackson Streets visitors are welcome to watch fortune-cookie bakers in action. Three flights of stairs lead up to Tin How Temple, at No. 125 Waverly Place, where elderly ladies can often be seen preparing "money" to be burned as offerings to various Buddhist gods or as funds for ancestors to use in the afterlife. Visit Chinatown as you would like people to visit your home neighborhood. Be open to learning from those who welcome your presence, and leave an impression of warmth and good will behind.