Sam’s guidebook

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Sam’s guidebook

Park

What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.
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Golden Gate Park
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What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.
When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.
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Mission Dolores Park
Mission 19th Street
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When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.
One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden's 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty. Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.
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Tilden Regional Park
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
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One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden's 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty. Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.
​Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its three mile shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is a special place where nature and nurture migrates and mingles daily. This tidal lagoon is home to the United States' oldest designated wildlife refuge dating from 1870.
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Lake Merritt
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​Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its three mile shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is a special place where nature and nurture migrates and mingles daily. This tidal lagoon is home to the United States' oldest designated wildlife refuge dating from 1870.
Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. What will you discover in Muir Woods?
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Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. What will you discover in Muir Woods?

Bridge

The bridge never gets old, even for longtime residents. It is spectacular, and is best experienced by bike. It’s two miles long and takes 20 minutes to cross. For a great ride, rent a Mission Bicycle, take the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, and then cross the Presidio to the bridge and ride into Sausalito. From Sausalito, catch the ferry back to SF. The western walkway is open to cyclists only, so you get across more quickly. Tourists tend to mob the eastern, pedestrian side. At night, the bridge is closed to pedestrians but not to cyclists. You push a button and an unseen guard buzzes you in.
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Golden Golden Gate Bridge
The bridge never gets old, even for longtime residents. It is spectacular, and is best experienced by bike. It’s two miles long and takes 20 minutes to cross. For a great ride, rent a Mission Bicycle, take the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, and then cross the Presidio to the bridge and ride into Sausalito. From Sausalito, catch the ferry back to SF. The western walkway is open to cyclists only, so you get across more quickly. Tourists tend to mob the eastern, pedestrian side. At night, the bridge is closed to pedestrians but not to cyclists. You push a button and an unseen guard buzzes you in.

Art Museum

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St
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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture
The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.
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de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.

Neighborhoods

Constantly bustling -- people use the square mostly as a space to relax and soak up a bit of sun, and to wallow in the atmosphere created by the surrounding cable cars, hotels and shoppers. Great for people watching! There is free wi-fi provided by the city. Look under the leaves of the greenery in the planters, and you'll find a few power outlets for your laptop.
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Union Square
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Constantly bustling -- people use the square mostly as a space to relax and soak up a bit of sun, and to wallow in the atmosphere created by the surrounding cable cars, hotels and shoppers. Great for people watching! There is free wi-fi provided by the city. Look under the leaves of the greenery in the planters, and you'll find a few power outlets for your laptop.

Pizza Place

Sister prides itself on providing exceptional service, delicious seasonal fare using local ingredients in a warm and eclectic atmosphere. Whether you are dropping in for a quick pizza before a movie at the historic Grand Lake Theatre or dining out with loved ones for a special occasion, Sister is like dining with family.
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Sister
3308 Grand Ave
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Sister prides itself on providing exceptional service, delicious seasonal fare using local ingredients in a warm and eclectic atmosphere. Whether you are dropping in for a quick pizza before a movie at the historic Grand Lake Theatre or dining out with loved ones for a special occasion, Sister is like dining with family.
A pizzeria, bakery & cheese shop, this spot serves 1 style of veggie pizza per day & limited seats.
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The Cheeseboard Pizza
1512 Shattuck Avenue
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A pizzeria, bakery & cheese shop, this spot serves 1 style of veggie pizza per day & limited seats.

Beer Garden

Downtown Oakland beer garden & taproom of San Leandro local favorite Drake's Brewing Co., featuring wood-fired pizza and more in former autoshop digs.
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Drake's Dealership
2325 Broadway
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Downtown Oakland beer garden & taproom of San Leandro local favorite Drake's Brewing Co., featuring wood-fired pizza and more in former autoshop digs.

Grocery Store

Bustling indie grocery store known for its organic produce, meat & fish, plus bulk foods & wines.
Berkeley Bowl West Cafe
920-998 Heinz Ave
Bustling indie grocery store known for its organic produce, meat & fish, plus bulk foods & wines.