12 Best Things to Do for Couples in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Most Romantic Places

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    San Francisco offers moments of romance and intimacy for couples through its wide selection of hotspots and activities. Below, you can find some of San Francisco’s most romantic places. These range from serene lakes in the city’s vast and beautiful urban oasis, to adventures high and low that are bound to impress your significant other.

    The best things to do for couples in San Francisco cater to both ends of the spectrum when it comes to budget preferences. You can go for all-out luxury and splurging, or go easy on the wallet with simple but fun recreational activities that can help kindle some love. Read on for ideas for your romantic time out in the city.

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    Go pedal-boating at Stow Lake

    A serene and romantic lake in the heart of Golden Gate Park

    Romantics looking for quiet escape can find this serene lake in the heart of Golden Gate Park. It’s highly popular for boating, with rowboats, electric boats, and pedal boats available for rent (for around $23 an hour) from the Stow Lake Boathouse on the north-western bank. Cruising along, take in the pretty landscapes and the local birdlife, and enjoy picnic spots with benches and ample tree shade around the lake. Be sure to cross the stone bridges that connect to Strawberry Hill, the small forested island at the lake's centre.

    Poloha: 50 Stow Lake Dr E, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

    Otevřeno: Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm, weekends from 10am to 6pm

    Telefon: +1 415-386-2531

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    Pamper yourselves with a couple’s spa

    Blissful treatments for 2

    The San Francisco Bay Area has a great collection of day spas and wellness centres. Some of these offer soothing pampering sessions just for 2. Earthbody on Laguna Street has “essential” package selections that incorporate calming strokes to balance your body and mind and include a choice of “mini rituals” such as jute brushing, hot stone applications, or facials. SenSpa on Gorgas Avenue presents a “Spa Tryst for Two” where you can enjoy a couple’s massage in spacious and private suites, followed by an organic lunch for 2.

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    Sail into a sunset on a luxury yacht

    Magical moments on the water

    Take in the beauty of San Francisco Bay with an unforgettable sailing cruise at sunset. You can admire some of the city’s renowned landmarks from the water, such as the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, the high-rise cityscape of Downtown San Francisco, the Oakland Bay Bridge with its Bay Lights feature, and the notorious prison island of Alcatraz. Add champagne to the evening skies that slowly fade to crimson – it can be a truly magical sailing experience.

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    Climb the mosaic stairway at Grandview Park

    Secret passage to a scenic hill in the Sunset District

    The Sunset District is aptly named, as it is home to Grandview Park, which is a scenic hilltop that you can climb up for wonderful sunset views. The vista spreads over the neat layout of San Francisco’s west-central neighbourhood, with the waters of the bay in the distance. The elevated park is a great feature for romantic couples looking for a fun and intimate hike within the city, and it offers a unique bonus: mosaic-tiled steps at its base on Moraga Street. The pretty staircase is a result of the community’s creative drive and is a local attraction on its own.

    Poloha: 1705 14th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA

    Otevřeno: Daily from 5am to 10pm

    Telefon: +1 415-831-2700

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    Fly over San Francisco on a seaplane

    Enjoy the true “heights” of San Francisco

    A guided seaplane tour allows you to enjoy breathtaking bird's-eye views over San Francisco. Taking off from Sausalito and usually lasting around 30 minutes, the Beaver seaplanes take you to soaring heights over many of the city’s most iconic landmarks. These include the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay, as well as other nearby highlights such as Alcatraz Island, the sequoia forests of Muir Woods National Monument, and the flowing hills of Northern California’s Wine Country region.

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    Walk through Shakespeare Garden

    One of the most romantic picnic spots in San Francisco

    Take an intimate walk or picnic in one of San Francisco’s most romantic gardens, even if it is one of the smallest in the vast Golden Gate Park grounds. It’s snugly located between the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the California Academy of Sciences. Originally established as the Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers in 1928, the Garden is adorned with nature’s artistry of poppies, daisies, roses, and lilies – flowers the namesake poet frequently noted throughout his plays and sonnets.

    Poloha: 335 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

    Otevřeno: Daily from 9am to 5pm

    Telefon: +1 415-831-2700

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    Watch the Bay Lights of the Bay Bridge

    Dazzling art installation at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

    Ranked among the largest light art installations in the world, the Bay Lights put on a mesmerising show nightly from sunset until morning. It uses the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as its magnificent canvas. The installation was designed by Leo Villareal, a prominent light artist who promotes a blend of art and innovative technology with a tendency towards lighting up grand architectural sites. The Bay Lights spans a monumental 1.8 miles long, with 25,000 individually programmed white LED lights.

    Poloha: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

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    Taste Napa wines at Winery Collective

    Fine wines from boutique wineries across California

    Spending a weekend in the Napa Valley can be truly romantic. Winding roads lead you through a scenic countryside and the surrounding wineries offer the region’s finest wines. However, if you don’t have a whole weekend to spare for the 90-minute journey up north, you can still sample great Napa wines right in Downtown San Francisco. The Winery Collective near Fisherman's Wharf is one of the city’s great tasting rooms. It offers wine tastings daily from 11am to 9pm, with over 50 wines from over 20 boutique wineries across California.

    Poloha: 485 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

    Otevřeno: Sunday – Thursday from 1pm to 8pm, Friday – Saturday from 12pm to 9pm

    Telefon: +1 415-929-9463

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    Chill at the rooftop at Top of the Mark

    Cocktails up high over Downtown San Francisco

    Consider taking your significant other for a relaxing and intimate evening out at a fine rooftop venue in Downtown San Francisco. Among the classiest is Top of the Mark, on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco on California Street. This bar offers great evening vibes, be it for chilling out with signature martinis against the 360-degree panoramas or partying the night away on the dance floor. It also features weekly events with live music and performers.

    Poloha: InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, 999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

    Otevřeno: Monday – Thursday from 4.40pm to 11.30pm (Friday – Saturday until 12.30am), Sundays from 10am to 1pm and from 5pm to 11.30pm

    Telefon: +1 415-392-3434

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    Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Restaurant Gary Danko

    Elegant and romantic American diner near Fisherman’s Wharf

    Treat your loved one to a special dining experience in San Francisco. Among the city’s standout spots is Chef Gary Danko’s eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant on North Point Street, right near Fisherman’s Wharf. Since the ‘90s, Gary Danko has drawn socialites and celebrities to its old-school luxury, wood-panelled dining rooms. They serve popular classics such as rock shrimp and Dungeness crab risotto and herb-crusted lamb loin. Their baked chocolate soufflé is to die for, and they habitually present you with a gift to cap your memorable evening.

    Poloha: 800 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

    Otevřeno: Daily from 5.30pm to 10pm

    Telefon: +1 415-749-2060

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    Try the exhibits for couples at Exploratorium

    Fun explorations for couples in San Francisco

    Friends and families can enjoy a huge variety of interactive exhibits at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, covering human perception, arts, and science. But this cool interactive museum offers something that’s specifically designed for adults, where couples can spend a fun evening out. After Dark is on every Thursday nights from 6pm to 10pm, showing you that things do look different after dark. With a drink in hand, you can get pleasantly lost inside pitch-black domes and dazzlingly-lit giant kaleidoscopes, then walk along fog bridges to trippy mirror rooms.

    Poloha: Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA

    Otevřeno: Daily from 10am to 5pm

    Telefon: +1 415-528-4444

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    Ride a tandem bike at Golden Gate Park

    Enjoy San Francisco’s green oasis on a bike for 2

    There are many ways to enjoy San Francisco’s vast green oasis. For couples, tandem bikes promise a fun and even romantic day out. You can find a handful of Golden Gate Park bike rentals within easy reach. A popular spot for renting tandem bikes is the Bay Bike City Rentals on Taylor Street. It’s conveniently near the Golden Gate Park and offers a wide range of specialty bikes to choose from. Tranquil trails within the park will allow you to discover unique spots, such as the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden and the romantic, flower-filled Shakespeare Garden.

    Poloha: 1000 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA

    Telefon: +1 415 831 2700

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