Turning the streets of the Mission into a canvas, this project evolved from a community mural workshop in which the participants designed and painted the portable mural “Masks of God, Soul of Man” for the Bernal Heights Library. That group became the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Association and led to the beautification of streets and alleys throughout the Mission. Explore on your own or take a tour led by Precita Eyes Mural Arts.
Visitors Center. 2981 24th Street at Harrison Street. 415-285-2287, Mission
In a city known for steep hills near impossible on bike or foot, take the Wiggle. Leave no carbon footprint by using your own power on this one-mile, zig-zagging bicycle route from Market Street to Golden Gate Park that minimizes hilly inclines for bicycle riders. Rising 120 feet (37 m), The Wiggle inclines average 3% and never exceed 6%. Leave your bike and home and rent one from any one of several resources throughout the city.
Visit www.sanfrancisco.travel for bicycle rental options.
A nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. National urban design retailer CB2 released seven Creativity Explored artists’ design products last Fall. Purchase original work by CE artists, or decorate your home with CE pillows, rugs, and even a handy tote bag.
3245 16th Street between Gurrero and Dolores, 415-863-2108, Mission http://www.creativityexplored.org/
San Francisco packs more diversity, scenic beauty, and historical landmarks into 49 square miles than just about anywhere else in the world. There's no better way to experience it than on this 49 Mile Drive that winds throught our great City.
Through a series of pipes, the wave organ interacts with the waves of the bay and conveys their sound to listeners at several different stations. Enjoy the rhythmic sounds of the waves at this installation set against the backdrop of the Golden Gate. At end of jetty located east of Golden Gate Yacht Club on Marina Blvd.
6. Paxton Gate
It’s doubtful you’ve ever seen a store like this. Described as treasures and oddities inspired by the garden and the natural sciences. Browse a mix of neo-Victorian delights, eclectic animal and plant ephemera, taxidermy, bones and skulls, framed and mounted insects, jewelry, affordable art, fossils & minerals, and more. Many locals bring their visiting friends here and can’t quite explain why but it’s an inspired place and a must see.
824 Valencia Street, between 19th and 20th, 415-824-1872.
7. 826 Valencia
Also known as the Pirate Store, 826 Valencia was founded by best-selling author Dave Eggers to support students with their writing skills, and to help teachers inspire their students to write. If that isn’t enough, visitors to the store will find a retail book and Pirate supply store complete with lard, eye patches, books you never knew you needed and the only fish theatre in town.
826 Valencia Street. Open daily Noon – 6 p.m.
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