Places to Visit

The San Francisco Bay Area has something for everyone, too many attractions to list here. As hosts of the 2014 IOM World Championship Regatta we want you, your family and friends to have an enjoyable and memorable experience. We will make every effort to make sure you do!

San Francisco

Golden Gate Park

Please note that on Sundays and all major holidays, Golden Gate Park closes many of its roads to all vehicle traffic.

San Francisco Model Yacht Club
Established in 1898, it is believed to be the oldest model yacht club in the United States. The Club's 175 active members live across the U.S. and Europe. It sponsors a wide variety of events throughout the year. In the early days, sailboats were released from the shore and allowed to sail freely while their owners kept them away from the lake’s edge with poles. The clubhouse houses one of the world's largest vintage free-sailing model sailboat collections. It is located at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park near the 36th Avenue and Fulton Street entrance.

Conservatory of Flowers
Victorian wood-and-glass greenhouse filled with exotic tropical plants and flowers. Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm (last entry is at 4pm), $8 adults, free on Tuesdays.

Botanical Gardens
55 acre living museum of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Open daily 7:30 – last entry 6pm, adult $7.

DeYoung Museum
State-of-the-art architecturally significant facility, showcasing American Art from the 17th -21st centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. Open Tuesday-Sundays 9:30-5:15, Fridays until 8:45. General admission adults $10 (special exhibition fees not included). Elevator to the observation deck with a panoramic view of San Francisco is free.

California Academy of Sciences
Universe under one roof: natural history, aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and living roof plus a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks and more. Mon.-Sat. 9:30am-5pm, Sun. 11am-5pm, Adult $34.95.

Presidio and Ocean Beach

Cliff House at Ocean Beach
Located at the western-most point in San Francisco, two restaurants, The Bistro and Sutro’s have spectacular beach and ocean views. Walk through the site of the historic Sutro Baths. Check hours and menus at:

Legion of Honor
This museum has a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in a setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco. One of the special exhibits during the IOM WCR will be High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. Open Tuesdays – Sundays, 9:30 – 5:15, Adults $10.

Disney Museum
Melds history with state-of-the-art technology, including more than 200 video screens sprinkled throughout the galleries. Visitors can also enjoy our Museum Store, Learning Center, and Fantasia-themed theater, which shows Disney classics six days a week. Closed on Tuesdays, $20 adult.

Crissy Field
Watch kiteboard/surfboard from the beach; plenty of parking; walk along the shore past the St. Francis YC and Golden Gate YC; home of the America’s Cup. The Clubs are not open to the public. The Beach Hut Café and Snack Bar, 1199 East Beach, is open 9am -5pm every day,

San Francisco Night Out

Beach Blanket Babylon
Hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats. World renowned record-breaking success and the longest running musical revue in theatre history! CLUB FUGAZI, 678 Green Street, San Francisco, prices start at $25.

Golden Gate Bridge

Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge – many bike rental companies to choose from.

Crissy Field
Watch kite boarders/surfboarders from the beach, walk along the shore past the St. Francis YC and home of the America’s Cup, Golden Gate YC. The Clubs are not open to the public. The Beach Hut Café and Snack Bar, open every day 9am-5pm, 1199 E. Beach.

Ferry Building and Ferries

Ferry Building Marketplace
Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish. Restaurants and cafés serve cuisine representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco's best chefs.

A great way to see the San Francisco Bay is from a ferry. Check the routes and schedules.

Ferry to Tiburon
Located just north of San Francisco, in Marin County, Tiburon has views of Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz, specialty shops and restaurants. It is accessible by ferry from downtown San Francisco, as well as by car from Highway 101 and Highway 131 (Tiburon Boulevard).

Ferry to Angel Island
From Tiburon, take a short ferry ride to Angel Island which offers expansive views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The island is a state park and CA Historical Landmark.

Near Foster City

Filoli
Magnificent and enduring country estate, it is a prime example of the California eclectic style with an extensive formal garden that was built between 1917 and 1929, and house which has a collection of 17th and 18th century English antiques. Filoli has gained worldwide recognition and is currently maintained by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm) Sunday: 11:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm) Adults $20.

Half Moon Bay
Only 16 miles west of Foster City an idyllic enclave on the Pacific Ocean, browse through the numerous shops and art galleries in the historic section and treat yourself to a delicious dinner at any of the town's fine restaurants.