San Francisco Neighborhoods and Notable Places

The Cannery
THE CANNERY is one of San Francisco’s most treasured places. Located near Fisherman’s Wharf, and originally built in 1907, THE CANNERY was once the largest peach cannery in the world. Today, THE CANNERY is a vibrant waterfront marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, live entertainment, and a world-class jazz club. The brick warehouse was converted into three levels of winding walkways, balconies and bridges surrounding an inviting courtyard with 130 year-old olive trees and several outdoor cafes. THE CANNERY’s European charm, unique shops and restaurants, and award-winning architecture make it one of the finest shopping and dining experiences in the world.

The Cliff House
The first Cliff House was a modest structure built in 1863 by Masters Butler and Buckley. The guest register bore the names of three U.S. Presidents as well as prominent San Francisco families such as the Hearsts, Stanfords and Crockers who would drive their carriages out to Ocean Beach for horse racing and recreation. In 1881, the Cliff House was sold to Adolph Sutro, a self made millionaire, philanthropist and later a mayor of San Francisco. Seven years later, Sutro built a railroad to bring the general public to this seaside attraction. On Christmas Day 1894, the Cliff House was destroyed by fire.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco’s most popular destination. Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a wide array of things to do for everyone. Our fabulous location in the ‘City by the Bay’, puts you within minutes of the Maritime Museum, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and everyone’s favorite, the world famous San Francisco Cable Car lines. Fisherman’s Wharf offers some of the most incredible views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the cityscape.

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco
There is something for everyone at PIER 39, San Francisco’s #1 Attraction, a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 13 bay view restaurants, and variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages including, splashy sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.

Mission Dolores
The mission called Dolores was founded October 9, 1776. The padres chose a site for Mission San Francisco de Asis beside a little inlet called Laguna Dolores. The nearby pueblo was named Yerba Buena. As time went by the town took the name of Saint Francis, while the mission more popularly became known as Dolores. Even though located beside one of the finest harbors in all the world, Mission Dolores was handicapped from the outset by lack of suitable space for agriculture, competition for that space from the citizens of the Spanish pueblo, and the damp and foggy climate. Initially the Indians were greatly attracted to the mission, but ample food and protection from enemies had to be measured against fatal epidemics of measles, the worldly attractions of the pueblo, and the free life of “unenlightened” brothers across the bay.

Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square, a historic San Francisco destination, offering shopping San Francisco style, waterfront dining near Fisherman’s Wharf, art galleries, family events, walking tours and more. Find out why we’re one of San Francisco locals’ favorite fun things to do in San Francisco and why San Francisco visitors love Ghirardelli Square!

Fort Mason Foundation
It is the responsibility of the Fort Mason Foundation to administer and develop this unique cultural, educational, and recreational center in partnership with the National Park Service. Fort Mason Center, located in the historic piers and buildings of Lower Fort Mason, offers a variety of activities of the highest quality at minimum or no cost, suitable for all ages and interests. This former military base offers the opportunity to experience diversity in a unique environment, focusing on the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology, and recreation. A National Historic Landmark and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Center houses more than 40 nonprofit organizations and is the setting for more than 15,000 meetings, conferences, performances, and special events, attended by 1.5 million visitors each year.

Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame

The mission of the Strybing Arboretum Society is to create a community to actively support the Gardens with fundraising, promotion and advocacy, and to provide outstanding botanical, horticultural and environmental education opportunities for people of all ages.

S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien
In June 1943 the Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien slid down the ways at the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine. Shortly thereafter she entered service, operated by Grace Line for the War Shipping Administration. Named for the first American to capture a British naval vessel during the Revolutionary War, the O’Brien made seven World War II voyages, ranging from England and Northern Ireland to South America, to India, to Australia. She also made eleven crossings of the English Channel carrying personnel and supplies to the Normandy beaches in support of the D-Day invasion. After the war, she was “mothballed” and laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, north of San Francisco. Thirty-three years later, skillful maneuvering by a U.S. Maritime Administration official (himself a former Liberty ship sailor) saved the O’Brien from the scrap yard. In 1979, after hundreds of hours labor by volunteer crew members to remove thick layers of preservatives, the O’Brien headed for San Francisco to be restored. No other ship ever has steamed out of the mothball fleet under her own power.

San Francisco Zoo
The new Zoo is becoming a reality. In Summer 2002, the new Lipman Family Lemur Forest opened along with a whole new main entrance experience for visitors. The lemur forest features five different species of these amazing primates from Madagascar in a large outdoor setting. And not only will you find the main entrance facing the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find all new services just for you! The Friend and Taube Family Entry Village offers a new gift shop, restrooms, and membership and information booths. It will be a central place for you to meet up with friends and family. You’ll also enjoy the new Leaping Lemur Cafe that offers an indoor dining experience with a wide variety of food choices including personalized, made-to-order pasta and pizza. And near the the Cafe, don’t miss the intricate restoration of the famed Dentzel Carousel.

Oakland Zoo
The Oakland Zoo is nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park. Each year thousands of families and school groups from around the Bay Area come to visit 440 native and exotic animals that live in naturalistic habitats at the Zoo.

Metreon. A Sony Entertainment Center
is a first-of-its-kind entertainment and technology marketplace. Covering 350,000 square feet on four levels, Metreon houses 15 movie theatres, an IMAX theatre, three interactive attractions, nine restaurants and world-class shopping.

Transamerica Pyramid
When plans for the new Transamerica Corporation’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco were unveiled in 1968, there was public outcry. Many people claimed that a pyramid-shaped skyscraper didn’t belong in their city. But today, it’s impossible to imagine the San Francisco skyline without the grace and symmetry of the Transamerica Pyramid. The Transamerica Pyramid has become a source of great pride to San Franciscans and an icon of San Francisco recognized worldwide, along with the city’s famous cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Flower Mart
With beginnings paralleling the growth and development of the San Francisco Bay Area, the origins of the San Francisco Flower Mart go back to the late 1800’s when land was plentiful. Local flower growers could bring their product to Lotta’s fountain in downtown San Francisco three days a week, selling their product to local flower shops. A need for a centrally located market bringing together the three ethnically diverse groups of flower growers was fulfilled with the opening of a market located at 5th and Howard Streets in 1924. As flower growers expanded production areas outside of the Bay Area and as product from other parts of United States came in, the need for a larger more modern permanent facility led to the design and construction of our current market at Sixth and Brannan Streets in the South of Market area of San Francisco.

The Embarcadero Center

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