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Things to Do in San Francisco This Winter

Things to Do in San Francisco This Winter

December through February can bring fog and crisper temps to San Francisco’s generally mild, temperate weather—perfect for cozying up with a hot beverage or doing some holiday sightseeing. Many visitors choose to venture farther afield to the snowy wonderlands found in the nearby mountains. Here are some options for exploring SF in winter.

  • Get into the holiday spirit with a festive cable car tour of the city’s dazzling lights.

  • Glide under the Golden Gate Bridge during a holiday dinner and dancing cruise on San Francisco Bay.

  • Warm up with a legendary drink on a pub crawl in bohemian North Beach.

  • Hover above San Francisco landmarks on a scenic helicopter tour.

  • Ride a double-decker bus past top attractions for evening sightseeing.

  • Visit Alcatraz Island and learn about the former penitentiary and its infamous inmates.

  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the California Academy of Sciences after exploring Golden Gate Park.

  • Take the entire family to the Aquarium of the Bay and hang out with sharks, rays, octopus, jellyfish, river otters, and more.

  • See Yosemite’s granite peaks sprinkled in snow and admire the national park’s majestic waterfalls.

  • Go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling at Lake Tahoe.

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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

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Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, located at Pier 39 between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferry landing. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, which house more than 20,000 sea creatures. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and even octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

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See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an onboard guide.
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  • 1 hour
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco

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Discover the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park during wintertime, when crowds are fewer and the majestic natural attractions are blanketed in snow and ice. On this 2-day trip from San Francisco, take a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley and enjoy free time to explore the wintry wonderland. Hike or snowshoe through giant sequoia groves, ice skate near the base of Half Dome and admire the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery. Warm up by a fire in Curry Village, and tuck into the cozy Yosemite Lodge by the Falls on one of the Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabins for the night.
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