There aren’t any palm trees or white sand beaches in San Francisco, so if you’re looking for a tropical paradise during the winter months, try Bali or Bora Bora. Instead, winter in San Francisco affords you cheaper plane tickets and accommodation costs, thinned out lines at most of the major attractions listed at http://thingstodo.expedia.com/san-francisco-california-activities/ and the opportunity to visit a city that, while known for its heavy fog and rain, is nonetheless welcoming and full of its own unique personality.
Booking your flight for the winter months is the surest way to get a great deal on airfare into San Francisco International, which is about 10 miles from the city center. When you’re shopping for tickets, check out nearby Oakland International for deals. And keep in mind that the winter months give you SanFran at its most foggy, so planes are commonly delayed.
There are plenty of museums in the bustling city of San Francisco, with highlights including the Aquarium of the Bay, the Exploratorium, the Botanical Garden and the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf. Despite the chill that often pervades SF in the winter, lack of outside tourist interest means that lines will still be manageable, if not downright short or nonexistent.
Bring a wallet with a set amount of cash, because taking your credit card to San Francisco might be too tempting to pass up. The shopping in this city is first-rate, from the Westfield San Francisco Centre where you can find national mall brands, to Union Square with its designer shops like Prada and Louis Vuitton, to more eclectic spots like Chestnut Street, Chinatown or the Embarcadero Center, which is filled with popular stores like Ann Taylor and Victoria’s Secret, yet remains under-visited.
Theater and Entertainment
There are numerous multiplexes, perfect for a rainy afternoon, including the snazzy Sundance Kabuki Cinema, a hot spot for the hip, cocktail sipping crowd (you can actually order cocktails before working your way toward your assigned seat), or the mega-plex Cinemark 20 Daly City with its 20 screens and all the latest blockbusters. There are also more performing arts theaters than you can shake a script at, with big hits like The Book of Mormon and big names like Diana Ross.
If getting to San Francisco can be a hassle because of the weather, there’s no point in getting upset about something that drives down prices and drives you to seek out creative ways to keep busy. Thankfully, the city is overabundant in activities that are perfect for anyone, of any age.