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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