Our first annual Freckle Summer Summit will take place on July 13-14th in San Francisco, and our team could not be more excited to host a couple hundred Freckle Fanatics in our beloved City by the Bay!
On Day 2 of the Summit, conference attendees are invited to join us for small-group outings to explore San Francisco (included in your registration!). Summit registrants can see the options here. Aside from these activities, we hope you'll make some fun memories of your own while you're here! That’s why we’re providing you with a list of Top 10 San Francisco Favorites from the Freckle Education team.
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Not only is the Presidio the breathtaking backdrop for our Summer Summit, but it’s also one of the largest and most beautiful National Parks in the area. The park previously served as a former military post; now, it’s one of the most celebrated outdoor recreation hubs in the city with miles of hiking trails through forested areas and along the natural coastline. Visitors can take in the view from scenic overlooks, explore historic buildings such as the Walt Disney Family Museum, and grab tasty bites and beverages at local restaurants like the Presidio Social Club.
2. Golden Gate Park:
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is the third most visited park in the United States, boasting more than 1,000 acres of public grounds. The park contains several lakes and is home to wildlife abound. Also within the park lies art, museums and other attractions, such as the prestigious de Young Museum, distinguished Japanese Tea Garden, exotic Conservatory of Flowers, and intriguing California Academy of Sciences.
3. Golden Gate Bridge:
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s most photographed landmarks. Opened in 1937, the suspension bridge crosses the Golden Gate Strait, connecting San Francisco’s Presidio to the Marin headlands. The bridge is accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists, so grab your camera and prepare for the most epic and iconic selfie.
4. San Francisco Ferry Building:
The San Francisco Ferry Building is located in a beautiful waterfront location along the Embarcadero, at the center of the city’s financial, banking, and transportation district. The building is home to a bustling indoor marketplace of local merchants selling artisan goods. This is a great place to shop for unique, handcrafted gifts or to sit back, relax, and indulge.
5. Bay Cruise:
What’s a trip to the Bay without some time on the bay! Several companies, including Blue & Gold Fleet, operate a variety of boat cruises. Thrill-seekers can opt for an exhilarating RocketBoat speed ride, while sightseers can enjoy a leisurely ferry ride to ports in Sausalito, Tiburon, or Oakland.
6. Coit Tower:
Coit Tower transformed San Francisco’s skyline is 1933, rising from the top of Telegraph Hill. The ascent up the Filbert Steps to Coit Tower rewards you with a beautiful view of the bay. Purchase tickets for access to the tower’s observation deck for even more dramatic, panoramic views of the city, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges.
7. Food Truck Parks:
Foodies can find comfort in several food truck parks scattered throughout the city. SoMa StrEat Food Park is a hangout destination for the entire family (even your furry friends), equipped with wifi and a variety of food trucks, beer, wine, and carnival games. Spark Social SF is an urban gathering place providing a similar laid-back vibe, featuring a number of diverse food trucks and a beer/sangria garden. And every Friday in scenic Fort Mason Center, Off the Grid showcases a rotating lineup of the Bay Area’s best mobile food creators.
8. Ghirardelli Square:
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Ghirardelli Square is home to the original San Francisco confectionary. And there’s no better place to indulge in a sweet treat than here. Beyond dessert, you’ll discover unique boutiques and eateries in this public square.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia and the oldest within North America. This densely populated area is also one of the city’s major tourist attractions and is bustling with people and activity. For a unique cultural adventure, we suggest exploring the area afoot, including its major public squares, memorials, produce and fish markets, authentic restaurants and shopping.
10. Fisherman’s Wharf:
Last but not least... Fisherman’s Wharf is the ultimate San Francisco tourist destination. This busy waterfront area contains an eclectic assortment of activities and attractions - from street performances and fine dining to boat cruises, museums and more. The area is celebrated for its fresh, locally-caught seafood and for its sea lions taking up residence at Pier 39.
These are just a few of our San Francisco favorites! For additional inspiration, check out our city guide, which includes a full list of favorite locations crowdsourced from the Freckle Team. And if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, just let us know. San Francisco is filled with all sorts of quirky curiosities. We hope you’ll share yours by tagging them with #frecklesummit!