Free Activities in San Francisco, CA
Whether or not you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, you'll want to check out the Anchor Brewing Company. This hidden gem is nestled in the Protrero Hill neighborhood, where free brewery tours and free beer tasting offer you a great way to learn about the history of the company and the brewing process. After chatting with brewers, touring the production facilities and indulging your senses with the scent of hops, you'll be led to the lobby to taste six or seven of Anchor Brewery's beers. The tour takes about two hours and is only available during the week, twice per day, so reservations are highly recommended. Plan on catching a cab after, because the beers add up quickly.
With the freedom to explore and learn, the Bay Area Discovery Museum gives kids a safe, engaging place to have fun and expand their minds. Each room will keep your kids engaged as much as the last, with hands-on displays and projects for young school-aged kids, including tidal pools, art studios, and a theater. The museum's outdoor space is organized by age group, making it easy for little hands to maneuver, while you can take in breathtaking views from the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge where the museum is located. Admission is free the second Saturday of each month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and tasty organic fare is available on site for purchase.
Strap on a life vest and hit the high seas with the Cal Sailing Club on a free sailboat ride. On select Sundays throughout the year, often twice per month, the sailing club holds an open house, inviting families and hopeful sailors the chance to experience the open water on a keelboat or dinghy. Visitors five years and older can learn about sailing, so check their website for dates and times and note that these events are held weather-permitting. Those interested in getting their sea legs can join the club and learn the ropes of becoming a real live sailor. Be sure to bring an extra change of clothes, though, because you'll likely get soaked.
On the second Thursday of most months, Dolores Park can be seen filling with people, blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for a free movie under the stars. Most of the shows are classics, from Casablanca to Back to the Future, and are all funded by a few locals looking to give back to the neighborhood they love, so donations are appreciated. The show starts around 7 p.m., so be sure to bundle up because the evenings are cold. Note that this event gets crowded quickly, so grab something to eat, some games or toys, and claim your spot early.
Free admission to the Randall Museum makes this drool-worthy find a great trip for families. Kids can climb full-scale models of trains, explore exhibits, check out a full-size replica of an earthquake refugee shack and more at this educational gem. Young and old can learn about native California wild animals, get up close and personal with owls, falcons, squirrels, chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs. And, visitors can buzz on over to the bee colony and try and find the queen. Seasonally, summer camps and activities are held at the museum, and arts and crafts are held year-round. Donations are gladly accepted.