Sunday is my first full day in San Francisco and it turns out I’m again in the right place at the right time for bargain museums days.
Doing even better than the Canadian ROM, I’ve landed in San Francisco right before one of the California Academy of Sciences free Sundays which only happen once a quarter. Now this one is a big freebie. Had there not been a free day I would definitely not have visited since its massively out my price range at $48 a ticket! So opening at 11am I decide to head to Golden Gate Park to wander around a little before hand only to find that at 9.30 there are literally hundreds of people in the queue. So change of plan and I join it. I find out a little later I am around 700th in the queue. Who knew Californians loved science so much. It’s a long and very, very cold wait. San Francisco is not a warm city and even with my winter jacket on I’m frozen – quite a contrast from Toronto the day before.
In the end it was worth it. It was cold and at times I didn’t think I was going to make it but once I got in and had thawed out a bit it was worth it. Once you’re in everyone makes a beeline for the planetarium tickets. I also managed to get one of these and it was a very impressive show. There’s plenty to see in the California Academy of Sciences – I got to experience an earthquake simulation, talked to some animals in their rainforest bubble exhibit and, probably my favourite, I got to stroke a starfish!
A long day just spent in the museum but I’m making the most out of my hop on hop off tour bus ticket so I head to the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s very impressive and a good view from the road. My bus refuses to stop at the San Francisco side of the bridge viewpoint so instead I go over to opposite side looking back over to San Francisco or at least I would be if it wasn’t so foggy.