San Francisco is a lively town full of fun and oddly spectacular activities and attractions. With a largely artistic population, San Francisco offers a very eclectic atmosphere which is promoted by its quirky events and activities. Visiting San Francisco can be an extremely diverse experience with unusual activities to engage in. Here are 5 quirky activities to enjoy while in San Francisco.
Castro’s Halloween Parade is a local San Francisco event unlike any other that you have probably encountered. It is complete with men in Carnival regalia, 19th century madams, pharaohs and slaves along with powdered wigs and other wild costumes. This is an event that the mixed gay/straight crowd all love. There are as many as 300,000 people in attendance during some years. The parade is held in the Castro district and starts at 6:30pm on the Saturday closest to Halloween.
Take a drive down Lombard Street in San Francisco. This is dubbed as the windiest street in the world. The street lasts for one block and is known for its hairpin turns. I would not recommend experiencing this street in a large SUV because the turns are so sharp and the street is on a hill, like most streets in San Francisco are. This is an activity that can be experienced at any time day or night.
The San Francisco Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum is a very unusual attraction in San Francisco. It is the home to displays such as the Weird Art display which features weird and wacky art from around the globe. General admission prices are $16.99 and children under 13 years old are at $9.99. The museum is located at 175 Jefferson Street in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area. Be prepared to be amazed at this museum. It is not your average museum.
The Wave Organ is an unusual display of music made from the ocean waves emitting sounds. There are PVC tubes installed at various elevations and the rise and fall of the tides affect the sounds that are heard. You can put your ear up to any one of the tubes that stick out of the ground and hear music. This is best heard at high tide. This free display is located at the end of the jetty that forms the small boat harbor in the marina district of San Francisco.
A visit to the Musee Mecanique, which is located at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, will amaze you. This museum has an unusual collection of more than 300 mechanical items which are considered antiques. This is a fun house of sort that has items such as antique arcade games to a hand cranked music boxes. Prepared to be wowed while some of these items can take you down memory lane. This is definitely an unusual but nostalgic museum and it is a must see while in San Francisco.