13 Ways to Get outside in Mission Bay this Summer

August 18, 2021

1. Find a local park

Mission Bay Parks are at the top of the list when it comes to places to get out and about in the Mission Bay neighborhood. When completed, the Mission Bay Park system will include 40 acres of planned green space within the 303-acre area. There are kids’ parks with themes of natural exploration and discovery, dog parks complete with seating, doggie water fountains, trees, and multiple lawned recreational areas.

Photo courtesy of Mission Bay Parks

Enjoy outdoor activities, such as basketball, sand volleyball, walking, running, biking, and boating at any of the high-quality public facilities that are spread out throughout 12 parks and additional green spaces in the Mission Bay Area.

2. Go to a ballgame


Oracle Park, previously the AT&T Park, is the baseball stadium for the San Francisco Giants. This park is known as being the most pitcher-friendly park in the National League due to the depth of the outfield that limits home runs. It has the distinction of having the fewest home runs per game for six of the last seven years. Make sure to take a picture with the 80-foot-long Coca-Cola Superslide that has become a popular attraction with children and adults alike.

3. Play mini-golf at Stagecoach Greens


Photo courtesy of SPARK Social SF

Stagecoach Greens is the city’s only outdoor mini-golf course, and it’s waiting for you just across from the popular SPARK Social SF. The 18-hole course takes you through San Francisco history, from the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake to the technological and cultural innovation of the jukebox, television, and slot machine, to the Dragon’s Gate Chinese population. Visiting this local attraction also benefits San Francisco youth, as Stagecoach Greens supports Family House, which focuses on providing a home away from home for children with cancer, and Braid Mission, which connects foster youth with mentors who act as a stable support system.

4. Grow your own vegetables

Urban Sprouts has partnered with the Mission Bay Development Group to provide green space dedicated to increasing the health and wellness of Mission Bay residents. With your membership, you are given your own garden plot, access to the community tool shed, and everything a gardener needs to get started growing their own food. Other partnerships between Urban Sprouts and various community organizations have resulted in cooking classes and demonstrations, nutrition classes and presentations, and resource facilitation, such as community gardens to continue locals’ access to fresh homegrown food.

5. Ride the cable car

Mission Bay residents have the good fortune of having a well-thought-out transit system, one that can take you almost anywhere you need to go. Whether it’s by light rail, Caltrain, or trolley bus, there are a number of ways for locals to adventure out to see San Francisco’s best attractions. The city has an extensive history spanning from the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake and fire to the most recent technology boom. Evidence of this history is strewn about the city like glittering jewels nestled in the soil, just waiting to be discovered.

The cable car is an excellent example of such transit. This attraction was invented in San Francisco in 1873, named a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and exists as the last manually operated cable car system. The system consists of three lines taking passengers up, down, and around the steep streets. Learn more about the cable car’s fascinating history and see the massive cables moving the cars in real-time at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.

6. Explore Fisherman’s Wharf

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, a busy tourist neighborhood with Chinese and Italian immigrant roots. It boasts streetcar and cable car access to other places, notably Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, the San Francisco Carousel, and the famous Alcatraz Island and Federal Penitentiary located in San Francisco Bay and visible from the wharf. Those craving an even larger chunk of history should visit the Hyde Street Pier and San Francisco’s Maritime National Historic Park, home to a fleet of landmark vessels that visitors can board. The National Historic Landmark SS Jeremiah O’Brien is one of the last two fully functioning Liberty ships, and the USS Pampanito, a restored World War II diesel-electric-powered submarine, is now a museum and memorial.

Alcatraz Island and Federal Penitentiary

7. Soak in the culture of Chinatown

Take a walking tour through Chinatown and explore the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest of its kind in North America.

You can learn more about it and the study and documentation of Chinese American history at the Chinese Historical Society of America, also the oldest of its kind in North America. The Chinatown neighborhood is visited more each year than the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition, tourists visit a variety of Chinese-themed places, such as the Bank of Canton (now the United Commercial Bank), which formerly housed the Chinese Telephone Exchange, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on Ross Alley, and Old St. Mary’s Cathedral and Chinese Mission, California’s oldest cathedral.

8. Peruse Golden Gate Park

The 1,017 acres of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park await your adventure. The park offers a multitude of activities and locations that are as unique as they are awe-inspiring. See various styles of architecture, a bison paddock that’s been a park institution since 1892, wander through the museums, and experience San Francisco history in all its glory.

9. Smell the Conservatory of Flowers

The Conservatory of Flowers was opened in 1879 and is home to around 2,000 species of aquatic and tropical plants. There are many rare plants, including a world-renowned collection of orchids. The Conservatory is free on the first Tuesday of every month.



10. Learn about life at the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences offers access to the interactive Steinhart Aquarium, the 75-foot domed Morrison Planetarium, the four-story Osher Rainforest, and the large eco-friendly Kimball Natural History Museum. Adults 21 and up can visit the museum at night for one of its well-attended NightLife events.

11. Relax at the Japanese Tea Garden

Created in 1894, the Japanese Tea Garden in the park is the oldest in the United States. View an arched drum bridge, pagodas, koi ponds, native Japanese plants, zen garden, and the crowd-pleasing cherry blossom trees that bloom in March and April.

12. The Music Concourse

If you find yourself at the Music Concourse, an open-air plaza inside the park, on Sundays during the summer, you’re in for a free concert by the Golden Gate Park Band! Take pictures beside some of the historical statues of famous figures, including Ludwig van Beethoven and American President Ulysses S. Grant, the Pool of Enchantment, or one of the three water fountains that line the center of the plaza.

Additional places of interest within the park include the Portals of the Past memorial, the oldest live oak trees in San Francisco, the Koret Children’s Quarter and Carousel, the de Young Museum, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which houses more than 8,000 varieties of plants. For those who like to attend events each season, the botanical garden hosts the city’s alfresco concert hall in July for 12 days, or you can find your groove at the Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam. There’s no end to the number of things to do on gorgeous sunny days in Golden Gate Park.

13. Eat your heart out

Mission Bay is located in a large cultural food hub. Situated right up against the water, it’s an ideal place to savor all of your favorite seafood dishes. Check out the menu options at Mission Rock Resort, a two-story restaurant whose claim to fame is that it has the city’s best Oyster Happy Hour and amazing views of the bay.

For those who prefer local food truck fare, consider stopping by SPARK Social SF, a food truck park, beer and sangria garden, and event space. The community gathering place prides itself on working with over 150 street food vendors to create a new experience for customers every single day.

San Francisco has a newly acquired taproom at New Belgium Brewing Taproom & Restaurant, which was rated ninth on Eater San Francisco’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in San Francisco for summer 2021. Sit on the patio that overlooks Oracle Park, order from a number of amazing eats, and sip one of their small-batch, San Francisco-inspired releases before they sell out.

Photo courtesy of SPARK Social SF 

With the city’s attractions beginning to operate again after COVID-19, there has never been a better time to buy a piece of Mission Bay real estate. If you are interested in the modern Mission Bay mansions, sleek apartments, or condominiums, find an agent today and explore the homes for sale in Mission Bay. There are tons of places to discover this summer, and they are waiting for you.


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