bay area bucket list

bay area bucket list
We l o v e the Bay Area.
It is the perfect place for us to live right now.
We plan to live here for a while, but eventually we might end up somewhere else.
So, we better take advantage of all the time we get to live in such an amazing place.
To better do this, we made a little bucket list. Some we’ve done and some we need to do..
So many San Francisco restaurants on the water, such good food, not enough stomach
We’ll update as we check more off, but sharing it now for any other Bay Area lovers!
Click on any we have checked off to see more them!

•• San Francisco Bucket List ••

Completed:

Rowboats on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park ?
Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito ?
Take the ferry together from Sausalito —> San Francisco ?
See the Full House house ?
See the Blue Angels fly during Fleet Week ?
Nike Women’s Half Marathon ?
Giants Half Marathon ?
San Francisco Marathon ?
Thai cooking class with Sunshine ?
Sail in the bay ?
Ice skate in Union Square at Christmastime ?
Kiss on top of Twin Peaks summit ?
Get fresh-baked foccacia at Liguria Bakery in Little Italy ?
de Young Museum ?
Run along the Embarcadero ?
See the Boudin Sourdough Factory + Museum ?
Try the famous 18 swedish pancakes at Sear’s restaurant in Union Square ?
Get Bob’s donuts in the middle of the night ?
Visit the SF Yacht Club ?
Dinner at the top of Union Square ?
Eat Golden Gate Bakery egg tarts in Chinatown ?
Cable Car Museum ?
Take a trolley ride ?
Hike lands end out to the sutro baths ?
Cross the Drum Bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden ?
Learn about the Coit Tower murals ?
Tacos in the Mission ?
See Coit Tower and City Hall lit up orange in October ?
Run the Lyon Street Steps ?
California Academy of Sciences ?
Try every sample at the Ferry Building (& farmers market) ?
Twirl & Dip ice cream truck ?
Slide down the Seward Street Slides ?
Go to the San Francisco Ballet ?
Play tennis in Golden Gate Park ?
Try pie shakes ?
Have french toast at Mama’s ?
Clam chowder on the Wharf
Spot the sea lions on the Wharf ?
Visit Baker Beach ?
Ride the St. Francis Hotel glass elevators to the top in Union Square ?
Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown ?
See the bison in Golden Gate Park ?
Batteries to Bluffs trail ?
Presidio Promenade ?
Spend a sunny day at Dolores Park with Bi-rite ice cream in hand ?
Giants game ?
See the giant Fairmont gingerbread house at Christmastime
Have a morning bun at Tartine + a cruffin at Mr. Holmes ??
Climb the mosaic steps at Grand View Park ?
Visit Ocean Beach and The Cliff House ?
Alcatraz at night ?
Walt Disney Museum ?
Exploratorium ?
See a show at Castro Theater ?
Off the Grid food truck market (a Señor Sisig burrito is a must ?
Eat dim sum in Chinatown ?
Mt. Davidson: SF’s highest point ?
Do the Barbary Coast trail walking tour ?
Billy Goat Hill tree swing ?
Browse the famous City Lights Bookstore ?
Mile Rock Beach ?
Have an ice cream sundae (or hot chocolate on a cold day) at Ghirardelli ?
Run in //or at least spectate Bay to Breakers ?
Drive down Lombard Street ?
Wave organ at Fisherman’s Wharf ?
Filbert steps…and all of these steps ?
Seafood at Swan Oyster Depot ?
Art classes on the Embarcadero ?
SF opera, Ballet, & Symphony ???
Spot a parrot on Telegraph Hill ?
Go to movie night at the Top of the Mark ?
Sourdough class at Boudin Bakery ?
Fillmore Street Jazz Festival ?
Bike to Tiburon ?
Afternoon tea at the Rotunda … and The Palace ?
Rent the little yellow gocars for a day ?
Visit SFMoMA ?
Picnic at the Palace of Fine Arts ?
Go to a show at Cow Palace ?
Bay Area Discovery Museum ?

See Beach Blanket Babylon
Marine mammal center
Go horseback riding on Ocean Beach
Love locks on the Golden Gate Bridge
Yoga on the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral
Tour the old SF Mint
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Baker Beach sand ladder
Bonfire on Ocean Beach
Midnight Rollers in SanFrancisco
Miwok Trail
Do all of these free walking tours!
Corona Heights Park
Fried chicken ramen at Suzu Noodle House
Go thrifting on Haight Street
Stern Grove Festival
See a concert at The Fillmore
Lands End labyrinth
Fly kites on Chrissy Field
Drive the 49-mile drive
•• Greater Bay Area ••

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival ?
Muir woods ?
Monterey ?
Carmel-by-the-Sea ?
17-Mile drive ?
California State Capitol in Sacramento ?
Napa/Sonoma ?
Dipsea Trail ?

Santa Cruz beach boardwalk in the summer..with Marianne’s ice cream in hand ?
Twitter HQ ?
Facebook HQ ?
Foster City canals ?
Downtown Sunnyvale & Mountain view ?
Oakland ?
Hike in Rancho San Antonio Preserve ?
Davenport ?
Vasona Park ?
See the elephant seals in Año Nuevo State Park ?
Half Dome — Yosemite ?
S’mores at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay (you don’t have to be a guest!) ?
Mendocino and the “Skunk Train
Healdsburg ?
Russian River ?
Lake Merritt ?
Ride the oldest wooden roller coaster in the world in Santa Cruz ?
Hidden Villa on Rhus Ridge Road ?
See a concert at Shoreline Amphitheater ?
Parkside Aquatic Park ?
See the TESLA factory in Fremont ?
Burlingame ?
Niners game ?
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo ?
Oakland Zoo ?
Felton Covered Bridge Park (tallest in U.S.A.!) ?
Sharks hockey game ?
Downtown Walnut Creek ?
Filoli Gardens ?
Paddleboard / feed the ducks at Shoreline Park ?

Mount Hamilton ?
Stevens Creek County Parks ?
Children’s Discovery Museum ?
Do a tasting at Martinelli’s Factory Store ?
Sequoia National Park ?
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve ?
Humboldt/ Redwoods ?
Petaluma {Cowgirl Creamery} ?
Lake Tahoe in the summer ? and winter
Stay at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley
Alameda Island sand castle contest
Hakone Gardens in Saratoga
Cowell Ranch Beach
Castle Rock State Park
Alamere Falls
Calero Lake Park
Eucalyptus Street lights in San Carlos during the holidays
Emeryville horse races
Stay a weekend in Mill Valley
Go to the Gilroy Garlic Festival
A’s game
Warriors game
Eating tour through Berkeley’s “gourmet ghetto”
Farallon Islands
Livermore wineries
Kayak at Moss Landing/ Elkhorn Slough
Eat deep fried artichokes at the Giant Artichoke in Castroville
Run the wharf to wharf 10K in Santa Cruz/Capitola in July
Ice skate at Winter Lodge, Palo Alto
Point Reyes
Climb to the top of Hoover Tower at Stanford
See the monarch butterflies at Natural Bridges State Park
Eat at Zachary’s Pizza in Oakland
Ride horses on the beach at Seahorse ranch in Half Moon Bay
Hiller Aviation Museum
Hot air balloon ride in Napa
Safari West in Santa Rosa
Ride the roaring camp train from Felton into SC (+ghost train in the fall!)
See the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
Horseback riding at Garrod Farms in Saratoga
Horse races at Golden Gate Fields
Tour the Jelly Belly factory Eat at Barbara’s Fishtrap at Pillar Point Harbor
Tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Ardenwood Historical Farm
The Inkwells swimming hole
Henry W. Coe State Park
Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey
Chabot Space and Science Center
Watercourse Way Bath House Spa
Go ziplining in the Santa Cruz mountains
Begonia Festival in Capitola
Stay over at Cavallo Point Lodge
Agaccio Farms
Hike Mt. Diablo
Eat at Nepenthe in Big Sur
See a movie and have dinner doing it at Rialto
Big Basin State Park
Moffett Field Historical Society
Backpack the Lost Coast
Arroyo Seco river float
Philo Apple Farm

We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with so much to do.
We’ve done a lot in the time we’ve lived here, but there is still so
much to see & do. We can’t wait to check more items off this list!
**See our guide to San Francisco here**
xo

Please comment with any other Bay Area bucket list items!


59 thoughts on “bay area bucket list”

  • I love this list and can’t wait to read more about the things you’ve done! I also love that hockey made the list! The Sharks are really good, so you’ll definitely have a good time. WOO!

  • I love this list! I live in Sacramento so it gives me lots of good ideas for dates with my guy or when I am traveling in the Bay Area for work. You should check out Apple Hill going towards Tahoe in the Fall :)

  • Go take a number and wait for the best ice cream ever at Mitchell’s ice cream in San Francisco! When I think of home I think of Mitchell’s cantaloupe ice cream :) it’s a family owned stand alone old fashioned soda fountain type of place. You also have to go to a pride parade in the city at least once, run bay to breakers, hit hometown days in San Carlos, and check out the dolphin club at fisherman’s wharf, so much history there.

  • Go take a number and wait for the best ice cream ever at Mitchell’s ice cream in San Francisco! When I think of home I think of Mitchell’s cantaloupe ice cream :) it’s a family owned stand alone old fashioned soda fountain type of place. You also have to go to a pride parade in the city at least once, run bay to breakers, hit hometown days in San Carlos, and check out the dolphin club at fisherman’s wharf, so much history there.

  • Definitely going to have to do some of these with my family we’ve lived here our whole lives and haven’t done some of these yet. You must go to the cliff house!

    • i know– sometimes we don’t do things in the very place we live!! so we are excited to see more. glad to know you recommend the cliff house! xoxo

  • Wow! Having been born and raised in the Bay Area…and still living here…I am completely impressed with your lists and all that you have accomplished! Glad to see hike Mt. Diablo is on there…afterward lunch/dinner in downtown Danville is a must!

  • Love all of these, makes me miss home!
    – Ride the elevator to the top floor at the St. Francis Hotel in Union (walk right in like you own the place, straight back, elevators are to the left… breath taking view)
    – See the lights on Eucalyptus Street in San Carlos during the holidays
    – Eat lunch at Alice’s Restaurant in La Honda
    – Boating on The Delta
    – Stanford University
    – Downtown Half Moon Bay
    – Stay at the Madonna Inn on highway 101
    – Thrift shop on Haight Street
    – Participate in a protest
    – Seahorse ranch in Half Moon Bay, ride horses down the beach
    – HIller Aviation Museum

  • Love you’re bucket list. I’m from the east bay and still haven’t made it to alcatraz, lol.(lived here my whole life) I think it’s awesome you guys are doing this. Just wanted to give you a suggestion, you should try the Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences, usually everything thursday they have a theme with food and drinks, i’ve never been but heard it’s awesome(not sure if i saw it on your list) http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/

    Also for the berkeley(emeryville) horse races you should go on Sundays, it’s $1 sundays, hot dogs & beer it’s fun! (if you didn’t know already)

    Enjoy you’re time here, I love it!

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  • San Francisco city guides has a lot of free walking tours. I’m not from the bay area, but I love to visit! We take a few tours every time we come. Also – go to a musical! I saw both Wicked and Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco and they were wonderful!

  • Oh! And if you are into running (as I’m guessing from the half marathons on here), there’s a Ragnar in Napa every year too. This year’s just happened, but if you will still be here in a year, it’s pretty cool. Awesome post! :)

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the summer. They roll back the prices to $1 per ride on Monday and Tuesday nights June-August. Make sure to ride the Giant Dipper. Hakone Gardens in Saratoga…a lovely Japanese garden on the hill overlooking the whole South Bay. Go to a summer evening concert at the Saratoga Mountain Winery. Kayak at Moss Landing and see the marine life in Elkhorn Slough. Eat deep fried artichokes at The Giant Artichoke in Castroville. Run the Wharf to Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz/Capitola in July. Ride the Roaring Camp train from Felton into Santa Cruz. Their ghost train in the fall is the best! See the monarch butterflies at the wintering grounds at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Go tide pooling while you’re there. Eat cheese blintzes at The Little Swiss Cafe in Carmel Village. Have coffee in the clubhouse at Pebble Beach. Go whale watching in the Monterey Bay. Eat ice cream at Marianne’s on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Best peppermint ice cream in the world! Go horseback riding at Garrod Farms in Saratoga. Tour the NUMI plant (Toyota). You’ll be able to follow a car from start to finish on the assembly line. Tour the Jelly Belly factory. Go to the observatory on top of Mt. Hamilton. I was born and raised in the Santa Cruz area. So much to see and do! I love coming home to visit.

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  • This is such a great list! I see the de Young on the “still to do list”…that is a must asap!! haha The art collections within the museum are beautiful, the building itself is beautiful, the grounds (a public golf course) are beautiful, and there are some AMAZING trails right on the cliffs. My all-time favorite place in SF.

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  • I live down south of you just a little bit and I wanted to add in just a few… Esalen in Big Sur… Great place to stay, or the yurts (or human nest!) at treebones is also great. AND, while you are in Big Sur, you’ve got to try Deetjen’s for breakfast or lunch. My favorite place to eat… Ever! Enjoy :)

  • Wow, I have lived here my whole life (minus a few years in Hawaii) & have yet to do many of these things!! Thanks for the great list!! Looks like my boys and I have to start checking some of these off our list :)) I would also add Yosemite!!

  • I really enjoyed reading your article! I used to live 3 years in San Francisco and eventhough I could cross off a lot from my bucket list, I still haven’t done everything I wanted to do! :D Keep enjoying your time in SF. I wish I could still live there too. I really miss the city! <3

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