Science Around The Bay
West Oakland BART Station is one of Science Around The Bay.

1. West Oakland BART Station

1451 7th St (btwn Chester St & Mandela Pkwy), Oakland, CA
Metro Station · West Oakland · 73 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Heading across the Bay? While the train drives through the Transbay Tube, count how many emergency lights you see in 11 seconds. Multiply that number by 3 and you'll get your train's approximate mph!

Boudin Bakery Café Baker's Hall is one of Science Around The Bay.

2. Boudin Bakery Café Baker's Hall

8.9
160 Jefferson St. (at Taylor St.), San Francisco, CA
Bakery · Fishermans Wharf · 402 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Boudin Bakery's sourdough strain has been alive since the Gold Rush—1849! You can learn how to make your own sourdough from a recipe on our Science of Cooking site attached! Read more.

Vermont Street is one of Science Around The Bay.

3. Vermont Street

Vermont St (btwn Division St & 25th St), San Francisco, CA
Road · Potrero Hill · 3 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: It's commonly—but mistakenly—said that Lombard Street between Hyde and Jones is San Francisco’s crookedest street. The most sinuous street in SF is actually Vermont Street just south of McKinley Park.

Hayes Valley Farm is one of Science Around The Bay.

4. Hayes Valley Farm

450 Laguna St (at Fell St), San Francisco, CA
Farm · Hayes Valley · 5 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: This farm was once a freeway! Drop in Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday, noon–5:00, to volunteer. Learn about how this little utopia evolved in this episode of “Driven: True Stories of Inspiration”: Read more.

Exploratorium is one of Science Around The Bay.

5. Exploratorium

9.3
Pier 15 (at The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Science Museum · Northern Waterfront · 324 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: After 40 years at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, SF’s museum of science, art & human perception, is moving to Pier 15 in 2013. Take a peek at construction behind the fence! More info at: Read more.

Linden Lab is one of Science Around The Bay.

6. Linden Lab

945 Battery St (at Green St), San Francisco, CA
Tech Startup · Northern Waterfront · 8 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: The Exploratorium thinks that Second Life, Linden Lab's virtual world, is a pretty special place. Visit us on Exploratorium Island, where we've been building interactive science exhibits since 2006! Read more.

California Carnivores is one of Science Around The Bay.

7. California Carnivores

7.9
2833 Old Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol, CA
Miscellaneous Shop · 5 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Peter D’Amato of California Carnivores ordered a Venus flytrap when he was 11—and began a lifetime of cultivating carnivorous plants. Learn more about these plants from our Science of Gardening site! Read more.

Fifth & Mission / Yerba Buena Garage is one of Science Around The Bay.

8. Fifth & Mission / Yerba Buena Garage

833 Mission St (btwn 4th & 5th St), San Francisco, CA
Parking · SoMa · 33 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Notice how all the colors have gone away? This garage uses single-wavelength sodium vapor lights like the monochromatic room exhibit at the Exploratorium. Take a photo and you'll get a sepia tint!

Lombard Street is one of Science Around The Bay.

9. Lombard Street

9.2
Lombard St (btwn Hyde & Leavenworth St), San Francisco, CA
Monument / Landmark · Russian Hill · 300 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: It's commonly—but mistakenly—said that Lombard Street between Hyde and Jones is San Francisco’s crookedest street. The most sinuous street in SF is Vermont Street just south of McKinley Park.

AT&T Park is one of Science Around The Bay.

10. AT&T Park

9.4
24 Willie Mays Plz (at 3rd St), San Francisco, CA
Baseball Stadium · South Beach · 777 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Stand by the Giant Glove, and watch a batter hit the ball. It will take about 0.44 s for the sound to reach your ears, but it takes the light from the batter only 0.0000007 s to reach your eye! Read more.

Presidio of San Francisco is one of Science Around The Bay.

11. Presidio of San Francisco

9.6
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA
Park · Presidio National Park · 65 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Did you know that the Presidio was founded in 1776 and is an active archeological site? Imagine how it may have looked nearly 250 years ago! To learn more, here’s a Science in the City video we made: Read more.

Seward Street Slides is one of Science Around The Bay.

12. Seward Street Slides

8.1
Seward St (at Douglass), San Francisco, CA
Playground · Eureka Valley · 36 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Try riding down on parchment paper! The less resistance your ride has on the slides, the faster you'll go. Read more.

Fort Mason is one of Science Around The Bay.

13. Fort Mason

9.2
2 Marina Blvd Bldg A, San Francisco, CA
Park · Golden Gate National Recreation Area · 89 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Is it a windy day? Most days around 3 or 4 p.m., the Fort Mason area receives the most gusts. Check out our Outdoor Flying Birds exhibit that only flies when it's windy! Read more.

Prelinger Library is one of Science Around The Bay.

14. Prelinger Library

8.4
301 8th St Ste 215 (Folsom St), San Francisco, CA
Library · SoMa · 3 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: This library exists because Megan and Rick Prelinger wanted to share their personal book collection with the world. Learn more by watching this episode of “Driven: True Stories of Inspiration”: Read more.

Palace of Fine Arts is one of Science Around The Bay.

15. Palace of Fine Arts

9.5
3301 Lyon St (btwn Bay & Jefferson St), San Francisco, CA
Historic Site · Marina District · 203 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: At the Palace of Fine Arts, there's a secret listening exhibit inside one of the columns of the rotunda. SOUND COLUMN is a musical instrument whose resonating chamber is a 60-foot-high room.

Fort Mason is one of Science Around The Bay.

16. Fort Mason

9.2
2 Marina Blvd Bldg A, San Francisco, CA
Park · Golden Gate National Recreation Area · 89 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Play with the free Outdoor Exploratorium exhibits at Fort Mason! You can taste the tides, race speed and light, and use the Golden Gate Bridge as a thermometer. Maps of all exhibits are in Building A. Read more.

Hawk Hill is one of Science Around The Bay.

17. Hawk Hill

9.5
Conzelman Rd, Marin Headlands, CA
Mountain · 46 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Bring your musical instrument and try some listening experiments! Or, grab sticks & rocks, and bang inside and outside the tunnel. What sounds do you notice? See more experiments at Hawk Hill Tunnel: Read more.

The Wave Organ is one of Science Around The Bay.

18. The Wave Organ

7.3
1 Yacht Rd (at Lyon St), San Francisco, CA
Monument / Landmark · Marina District · 25 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Did you know the Wave Organ is an Exploratorium exhibit? Completed by two artists in 1986, it includes 25 organ pipes! Come at high tide when the Wave Organ sounds best. Read more below for more info. Read more.

Fort Point National Historic Site is one of Science Around The Bay.

19. Fort Point National Historic Site

9.2
Marine Dr. (at West Bluff Dr.), San Francisco, CA
Historic Site · Presidio National Park · 75 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Notice the greenish rock near the entrance. This is serpentinite—California’s state rock—which likely came from deep within the earth’s interior. This rock holds up the south tower of the GG Bridge.

Beaver Street Wall is one of Science Around The Bay.

20. Beaver Street Wall

179 Beaver St (15th St), San Francisco, CA
Scenic Lookout · Corona Heights · 3 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Did you know this rock wall is one side of a fault? Feel it! This smooth surface is called "slickensides." It was polished during eons of years of fault motion. Our video features this wall at 4:15. Read more.

Ocean Beach is one of Science Around The Bay.

21. Ocean Beach

9.5
Point Lobos Ave (at Great Hwy), San Francisco, CA
Beach · Outer Sunset · 259 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: If you're here at sunset on a clear day, watch for a "green flash" just above the sun. You'll need some luck, though—it's rare to see it and it only lasts a few seconds!

Montgomery St. BART Station is one of Science Around The Bay.

22. Montgomery St. BART Station

598 Market St (at 2nd St), San Francisco, CA
Metro Station · Financial District · 102 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Heading across the Bay? While the train drives through the Transbay Tube, count how many emergency lights you see in 11 seconds. Multiply that number by 3 and you'll get your train's approximate mph!

San Francisco Cable Car Museum is one of Science Around The Bay.

23. San Francisco Cable Car Museum

9.1
1201 Mason St (at Washington St), San Francisco, CA
History Museum · Nob Hill · 71 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Did you know that San Francisco has last permanently operating, manually operated cable car system in the world? Check out our Science in the City video to learn more about SF's cable cars! Read more.

The Ecocenter at Heron's Head Park is one of Science Around The Bay.

24. The Ecocenter at Heron's Head Park

San Francisco, CA
Scenic Lookout · 1 tip

ExploratoriumExploratorium: This is the only "off the grid" building in San Francisco! You can learn about this amazing place and the people who run it by watching this episode of ”Driven: True Stories of Inspiration”: Read more.

Exploratorium is one of Science Around The Bay.

25. Exploratorium

9.3
Pier 15 (at The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Science Museum · Northern Waterfront · 324 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Watch a cow's eye dissection at the Explainer table on the Mezzanine! Read more.

Exploratorium is one of Science Around The Bay.

26. Exploratorium

9.3
Pier 15 (at The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Science Museum · Northern Waterfront · 324 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Adults, leave your kids at home on the first Thursday of every month and take a date to After Dark, the Exploratorium's night exclusively for adults. There's a new theme every month and a cash bar! Read more.

Crissy Field is one of Science Around The Bay.

27. Crissy Field

9.5
Golden Gate Promenade (at Mason St), San Francisco, CA
Park · Presidio National Park · 133 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Try a listening experiment on a foggy day! Call the Golden Gate Bridge at 415-202-3809 on your cell phone and listen to the horn. Do you hear the horn first through the air or over the phone? Why? Read more.

Dolphin Club is one of Science Around The Bay.

28. Dolphin Club

8.1
502 Jefferson St (at Hyde St.), San Francisco, CA
Sports Club · Fishermans Wharf · 4 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Don't fight the current! For an easier swim, go out at low tide and return as the tide comes back in! Learn from the pros, a/k/a "The Old Goats," in this video from our Driven series: Read more.

War Memorial Opera House is one of Science Around The Bay.

29. War Memorial Opera House

9.2
301 Van Ness Ave (at Grove St), San Francisco, CA
Opera House · Civic Center · 97 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Spot a wig! Sometimes it can take weeks to complete just one wig. Learn about the Wig Master of the world-renowned San Francisco Opera from our Driven: True Stories of Inspiration video series, here: Read more.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is one of Science Around The Bay.

30. Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay, CA
Flea Market · 1 tip

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Inspired to start growing your own giant pumpkin? Ask another giant pumpkin enthusiast for some seeds, and make a new friend! More details on growing giants [Read More]: Read more.

Ocean Beach is one of Science Around The Bay.

31. Ocean Beach

9.5
Point Lobos Ave (at Great Hwy), San Francisco, CA
Beach · Outer Sunset · 259 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Bring a magnet! We love to collect “black sand” or magnetic mineral magnetite at Ocean Beach. Drop a magnet inside your plastic cup & wave bottom of the cup just above sand to attract minerals. Demo: Read more.

Outdoor explOratorium at Fort Mason is one of Science Around The Bay.

32. Outdoor explOratorium at Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA
Arts & Entertainment · 3 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Is it a windy day? Most days around 3 or 4 p.m., the Fort Mason area receives the most gusts. Check out the Flying Birds exhibit that only flies when it's windy! Read more.

Transbay Tube is one of Science Around The Bay.

33. Transbay Tube

5.1
San Francisco Bay, Oakland, CA
Tunnel · 123 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Heading across the Bay? While the train drives through the Transbay Tube, count how many emergency lights you see in 11 seconds. Multiply that number by 3 and you'll get your train's approximate mph!

Jack's Record Cellar is one of Science Around The Bay.

34. Jack's Record Cellar

7.0
305-313 Scott St (at Page), San Francisco, CA
Record Shop · Lower Haight · 4 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: In this age of iPods and MP3s, vinyl records are still objects of curiosity and admiration. What's the difference between a 78 and a 45? What exactly is "cutting a record"? Find out from JRC owner: Read more.

Exploratorium is one of Science Around The Bay.

35. Exploratorium

9.3
Pier 15 (at The Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Science Museum · Northern Waterfront · 324 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Beneath the 100-year-old piers, highly specialized divers are working to repair and restore the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers! Learn what they do: Read more.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is one of Science Around The Bay.

36. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

1145 Market St, San Francisco, CA
Government Building · Civic Center · 3 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: "SF has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, producing tasty meals—and thousands of gallons of used cooking oil. See how SF Greasecycle is turning this oil into fuel for MUNI buses: Read more.

Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex is one of Science Around The Bay.

37. Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex

5.5
2615 Davis St, San Leandro, CA
Recycling Facility · 3 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Dropping off your garbage, recycling, hazardous waste or oversized junk today? Take a trip behind the scenes of the San Leandro Waste Management facility in this episode of Science in the City! Read more.

Golden Gate Bridge is one of Science Around The Bay.

38. Golden Gate Bridge

9.5
Golden Gate Brg S, San Francisco, CA
Bridge · 785 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge expands or contracts as the air temperature changes? It can rise or fall up to 16 feet! Try using the GGB as a thermometer the next time you're at Fort Mason: Read more.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of Science Around The Bay.

39. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

9.5
151 3rd St (btwn Mission & Howard St), San Francisco, CA
Art Museum · SoMa · 224 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: In movie theaters across the country, film projectors are being replaced by digital projectors. Have you watched a 35 mm film projection at SFMOMA yet? Projectionist Paul Clipson gives us a tour: Read more.

Doyle Drive is one of Science Around The Bay.

40. Doyle Drive

Presidio Pkwy, San Francisco, CA
Road · Presidio National Park · 2 tips and reviews

ExploratoriumExploratorium: Did you know that Doyle Drive was built in 1933? Now too narrow for the amount of traffic and in need of a seismic upgrade, it’s being replaced by the new Presidio Parkway! We investigated: Read more.