Looking for the perfect group challenge? Chances are you may have come across escape rooms.
An escape room is a game where players work together to find clues and solve puzzles to achieve a particular goal within a limited period of time. The concept originated from first-person action video games where players could interact with their surroundings and use a mouse to navigate through different scenarios. Escape rooms began in Asia and entered the US in the early 2010s.
Escape rooms have boomed in popularity in part because they are ideal for birthday parties, school activities, and corporate events, building teamwork and leadership skills.
Here are a few of the top escape rooms in the Bay Area that we’d recommend checking out:
San Francisco is home to a diverse group of people, and North Beach neighborhood is no exception. It was originally populated by Italian Americans, which gave way to the formation of “Little Italy”, which North Beach has become known as. Think authentic pizzas, cappuccino and gelato! Today, its home to a mix of young professionals and families from diverse backgrounds, so you can be sure there is something for everyone but it still retains its Italian heritage intermingled with other cultures.
When you are in San Francisco, you can’t miss out on a trip to the Presidio, the unique national park that is considered to be the origin of the beautiful city of San Francisco. It has a rich history, a treasure trove of scenic brilliance, and great food that is perfect for families, solo travelers, friends, photographers, and foodies alike.
The following section provides several activity ideas that won’t cost a dime.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to check our other sections for additional freebies such as the Chinese New Year Parade, Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Kick-Off Celebration and self-guided San Francisco tours.
Every year on the Presidents’ Day Holiday in the United States (that’s February 17th this year), the US National Park Service throws open their doors to all the national parks in the area so everybody can visit for free!
During winter, the sun sets pretty early in our city. Many things mentioned in other sections of this post are also great night activities, such as Bay Bridge Lights, Broadway shows, and popular concerts.
Below, we have listed some of our favorite evening and nighttime activities for you to visit.
If you are on vacation in San Francisco with your loved one, you can enjoy this incredibly romantic city on Valentine’s Day.
One of our favorite parts of San Francisco is the amazing food that we have here. San Francisco has frequently been called one of the best restaurant cities in the world, and we certainly agree!
On Valentine’s Day, many restaurants will have a Valentine’s special for couples, with a prix fixe menu complete with appetizer, entree, and dessert to share. Check out OpenTable to find a reservation.
You may also want to consider taking a cruise, as Hornblower will be providing a series of Valentine’s Cruises.
Some of these outings will include live music and dancing, while others offer DJ entertainment and complimentary wine. Ticket prices range from $85 – $179.
Alcatraz Night Tour
Most people take a trip out to Alcatraz during the day. But we think that a night tour is a fantastic time to visit the old prison island.
On your boat ride, you’ll hear about the island, and some of the history involved in it (which you won’t get if you take the morning tour or day tour).
You’ll also get to see the sparkling lights of the San Francisco skyline. Once you’re on the island, you’ll get a special guided tour of the prison that other visitors don’t receive.
Long considered one of the best science museums in the country, The Exploratorium is a fantastic place to electrify your senses (sometimes literally)!
With exhibits and experiments from engineering to science to biology, every science geek can find something to enjoy. However, during the daytime, there are often kids and school groups walking around and using the experiments.
Don’t you sometimes wish you could check out the museum without all of them? Exploratorium After Dark is a great way to experience it!
Starting at 6:00 every Thursday, you can enter the museum at a discounted rate and listen to music, have a drink or two, and check out the exhibits with only adults around.
Many of our San Francisco visitors are coming here with families and children and we have put together a list of the great things to do with families and kids in San Francisco during the month of February.
It’s also worth noting that many of the best family-friendly attractions in this city are included at a discount with San Francisco tourist passes.
During this yearly event, over 39,000 tulips will be put on display at Pier 39. Prepare for spring by wandering among thousands of beautiful flowers at one of the most historic locations in San Francisco.
It’s entirely free to come and enjoy the flowers, and this is an excellent time to visit Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy some of the other free activities in the area like Musée Mécanique.
Both opportunities are pay-what-you-wish, so you don’t have to worry about breaking your budget!
Take the Kids to ToyXpo
Introduce your kids to the next big toys on the market by taking them to this exposition featuring some of the biggest names in the industry.
No matter what their favorite franchise is, chances are that the children in your family will jump at the opportunity to see some of the newest, biggest and most unique toys related to their favorite shows, cartoons and more.