LAST CALL! Best Summer Things To Do in SF

Dawson Turner
Hostel Pacific Tradewinds San Francisco (4)

What’s up y’all! It’s still summertime in SF and still plenty to do. With some real time spent in the city over the last month I’ve narrowed down the simplest and most fun activities to make the most out of your trip.

Baker Beach

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Baker Beach is a stunning coastal destination located on the western shoreline of San Francisco. Seen for its natural beauty, panoramic views, and iconic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach is an unmissable experience. Don’t forget to bring a jacket!

Nearby you can find walking and hiking trails, including the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, which winds along the cliffs above the beach. The trails provide stunning views of the coastline, the Pacific Ocean, and the rugged landscapes that make up San Francisco’s western edge.


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Chinatown is chock full of markets, pastry shops, thrift shops, and tea stores flush with life during the morning and afternoon throughout the week. Don’t skip out on the dim sum!

Catch a Giants game

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It’s the perfect time of year for baseball. The Giants frequent 2 to 3 games a week in the regular season from April to September. 81 home games a season so there’s plenty of opportunities no matter your schedule!

During the game, fans can engage in traditional baseball activities like keeping score, cheering for their favorite players, and participating in stadium-wide chants and traditions. There are also various promotions and giveaways throughout the season, including bobblehead nights, fireworks shows, and themed events.

Hit the ferry building marketplace

A food lover’s paradise (but not the wallets, to be frank). Sample gourmet treats, browse local artisan products, and enjoy the stunning views of the Bay Bridge. On the weekends locals host a farmers market with the most dangerous option of the freshest fruits.

Then take the ferry to Sausalito!


I don’t have to say it, but Sausalito has just stunning waterfront views. The initial and most accessible view of the Bay, East Bay Bridge, and skyline is remarkable. The city’s marinas are filled with sailboats, luxury yachts, a layer cake of colored textures. ¬†Strolling along the waterfront promenade, I enjoyed, relished, breathtaking vistas of the bay.

Ascending from the waterfront views, the city itself is abundant in the bright green of its mountain hills. Running up and down them are vibrant houses, I cannot even imagine the cost. At night their lights glow and can be seen in their glimmer throughout the night.

Do literally anything in North Beach then lay in Washington Square Park


San Francisco’s Little Italy is a beautiful neighborhood full of the hippest bars, cafes, clubs, pizza joints, you name it. Take a whole to day to explore the area and have a picnic in Washington Square Park at its center.

The amount of times on a sunny day I have walked 15 minutes north on Columbus and layed in the sun in this park is probably at least 10 at this point. My favorite park destination because of its proximity to our Pacific Tradewinds Hostel in Chinatown.

Day Trip to Mt. Tamalpais or Muir Woods

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Over the Golden Gate into Marin County is truly a sight to behold, tourists from all over the world carving out the time to visit. In Muir Woods The trees loom far overhead and provide excellent shade, but never felt too chilly. The redwoods themselves are ancient and god-like. No two are the same, and some along our path twisted around each-other, some craned inwards and bending to accommodate.

Attend Summer Festivals

Check out the various summer festivals happening in San Francisco, such as the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, Stern Grove Festival, or the North Beach Festival.

Thanks for reading and safe travels!

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