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Summer Activities in San Francisco, CA

From outdoor music festivals to the best views of the city by the bay, discover the coolest summer activities in San Francisco, CA for those breezy summertime days.
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Stern Grove Festival

Each summer, live symphony music fills the park with free outdoor concerts that have become a family-friendly tradition. Although there is a bit of a hike to the venue, people still come in droves so be sure to get there a minimum of two to three hours early to score a seat. True to San Francisco, the weather can be sunny and warm or windy and foggy so dressing in layers is usually best. Food is available for purchase, although a bit overpriced. But, with a few picnic goodies and even a chair or blanket of your own, these concerts in the park are a low-cost summer activity you won't want to miss.

Pier 14

Whether you're looking to take a romantic stroll with your beau or are seeking a spot to clear your head on a warm summer day, take in the crisp breeze and gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge while perched on the rotating seats on this waterfront destination. Many people who work close by can be seen sneaking away to clear their heads on this pier near the Ferry Building, but if you fancy yourself a social butterfly, there are plenty of old school fisherman who are enthusiastic to chat about their catch of the day. However, the pier takes an especially romantic air when the sun goes down and the bridge lights up and the sound of the lappining water washes your cares away.

Adventure Cat Sailing Charter

Sailing along the San Francisco Bay and taking in the skyline and all the city offers is a perfect way to spend a summer day. The Adventure Cat Sailing Charter offers drinks, snacks and an family-friendly atmosphere aboard the catamaran, and offers a ride that is a lot more stable than other vessels for those who are prone to motion sickness. Dress warmly because the breeze that makes these watercrafts move will blow right through you and your cute little sundress, but if you're chilly, the crew will likely lend you a jacket. Tip: when traveling with a group, purchasing 10 or more tickets simultaneously on the same card will save you five bucks per ticket.

Stow Lake Boathouse

Tucked quietly inside Golden Gate Park, the Stow Lake boathouse is the place to rent paddle boats, rowboats and electric boats for an afternoon of fun on the water. The family-friendly vessels seat one to four passengers, ready to explore the serenity and wildlife of Stow Lake. Go early to find parking easily around the lake. Although the water is shallow, all passengers are given life jackets so you can focus on spotting turtles, gliding under bridges and spying small waterfalls. And, be warned that rowing can be difficult on a windy day, so you may want to opt for the paddle boats or motorboats.

AT&T Park

Cheer on your San Francisco Giants and experience the definition of summer in America at AT&T Park along the San Francisco Bay! There's plenty of parking for sporting events, however, it can be pricy so opt for the nearby train if you want to save a few bucks. While inside, you can focus on your signature bay area foods and your love of the game with plenty of security to keep a handle on rowdy fans. And, even when you leave your kiddies behind at this family-friendly ballpark, you can still tap into your inner child and take a ride down the giant slide. Note that sitting in the cheap seats give you a better view of the entire park - and the bay - and leave a little extra in your pocket for the high priced drinks.