Do you enjoy visiting the San Francisco Bay area but are tired of going to the usual touristy spots? This article provides you seven options to renew your interest in the Bay area with a list of unconventional and quirky locations you didn’t know where located in San Francisco.
1. A Bay Area Pirate Shop- The Pirate Shop located at 826 Valencia is where would be pirates or just lovers of pirates, can go to view and purchase items to look like a pirate. The one item not available is cutlery. The Pirate Shop is also a reading room for school children and they want to maintain a safe environment.
2. Cayuga Park- Take a stroll through this small park located near the BART transportation tracks. Enjoy the whimsical destination designed with beautiful gardens and creative wood carvings of mystical and religious images. Decorating the path are wicker benches allowing you to sit and take in the view of once dead tree stumps brought to back to life by imagination.
3. The Wave Organ – Do you enjoy the sound of waves licking the shore? Are you a lover of music? Visit the Wave Organ located on the San Francisco Bay and experience this acoustic sculpture magnify the sound of the rolling waves of the Bay. Constructed from the carved marble and granite recycled from the stones of an old cemetery and built in 1986 to produce the subtle sounds reminiscent of a visit to the beach.
4. Sea-Punk Culture – The San Francisco Bay area is known for the Sea Punk movement and art culture. Visit 12 and Market Street to view the depiction of an aquatic rock group which is symbolic of the followers of the movement whose cultures’ belief is living “under the sea” is going to be the way for post-apocalyptic life. Experience the art and music culture of this movement when visiting San Francisco.
5. Street Slides of Seward Street- During the 1960s, as an act of community activism, these concrete slides were designed to make use of a vacant lot and promote green space. The slides are located in the area of the Seward Mini-Park and Corwin Community Garden. This attraction is fun for the young and those “young at heart.” Bringing your own cardboard is suggested.
6. The Murphy Windmill- Golden Gate Park is home to two windmills. The Murphy windmill was at one time the largest windmill to be found outside the country of Holland. Built in the west end overlooking the Ocean Beach in the Golden Gate Park, the impressive windmill with sails measuring 114 feet was built as a means of providing water for growing grass on the sandy beach dunes. Take time to visit this magnificent machine and view the beautiful scenic view.
7. National Marine Sanctuary on Farallones Island – During the 1960s and 70s nuclear-contaminated articles were dropped in the Gulf of Farallones ultimately forming islands. These masses are no longer considered dangerous and is designated a marine sanctuary for whales, seals, and the occasional Great White Shark.