Insider’s Scoop: Secret Sights of San Francisco Only Locals Know About

It’s no secret that a trip to San Francisco is an unforgettable experience. San Francisco is known all over the world for its beauty and (sometimes) eccentricity. So it should be no surprise that this beautiful City by the Bay has a number of hidden gems tucked away in the nooks and crannies of its steep streets.

There are a number of unlikely attractions in far-flung locations only locals know about…until now. Below are our insider’s scoop of unique places to add to your list of places to visit in San Francisco.

1. The Wave Organ

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A San Francisco wonder, the Wave Organ is perched at the tip of a jetty in the San Francisco marina. It is a a wave-activated acoustic sculpture created by Peter Richards and George Gonzales in 1986. The installation includes 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete located at various elevations within the site, allowing for the rise and fall of the tides. Subtle music is created by the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes.

The Wave Organ sounds best at high tide. It’s the perfect place to sit quietly, listening to the subtle sounds of distant drums, muffled cymbals, quiet thunder, while watching the beautiful open sea.

2. Seward Street Slides

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Two long, steep concrete slides in Seward Mini Park built not for tiny tots, nor for the faint of heart. And can you believe these twin chutes of smooth cement was actually designed by a 14-year-old kid named Kim Clark? With the support of of the great San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa, this figment of a kid’s imagination came to be in 1973.

If you’re planning to stop by and have some clean, good fun, and probably a little adrenaline rush in Seward Street Slides, pack a  piece of cardboard with you. Or, if you’re lucky, you might be able to find some at the foot of the slides. You will need the cardboard to slide down the amazing Seward Street Slides.

And don’t forget to wear sturdy pants!

3. The San Francisco Columbarium

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A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of urns with human ash. The Neptune Society Columbarium of San Francisco is a columbarium owned and operated by the Neptune Society of Northern California, at One Loraine Court, near Stanyan and Anza Streets, just north of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. It is a beautiful copper-domed structure built in 1898 by architect Bernard J.S. Cahill.

Today, this excellent example of Neo-Classical architecture is popular for its its art nouveau stained glass windows and memorials to such local role models like Chet Helms and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, to name a few.


Indeed, there’s so much more to San Francisco than its popular main attractions!


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