January 22, 2022


The Trip Encyclopedia

10 Must-Things To Do In San Francisco At Night

In a city the size of San Francisco, nightlife is highly appreciated yet equally risky. Under the cover of darkness, there are Dozens of fun activities in San Francisco.
Here, only when the sun comes down can you experience some rare memorable events. San Francisco is one of the most engaging cities in the United States of America. It has a bubbly nightlife with lots of interesting activities to do. It’s a pretty nice idea to pay a visit to this city. If you have never visited San Francisco at night before; here is your ticket to absolute fun and all-time entertainment throughout the night.
These are the top ten interesting things to do in San Francisco during night:

1. Watching The Bay Bridge Lights

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When the sun comes down the popular bay bridge comes to its full splendor and magnificence. The sparkling site was designed by the famous light designer Leo Villareal.
In 2016, the bay light was transformed into a permanent site in the city both for tourist and locals. This is an amazing feature that you can’t afford to miss out on.

2. Touring Alcatraz at Night

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Alcatraz is not just another site to visit while in San Francisco. During the day both domestic and international tourists make endless trips to this spot. However, just a few people actually know that they can visit Alcatraz after dusk takes over.
From Monday to Thursday there are two evening tours: 5:55 pm and 6:30 pm.  Alcatraz holds evening talks and lectures, as well as offers, experienced tour guides to aid you through your evening tour. This is a popular tourist destination. Nonetheless, at night this place looks heavenly and ten times better than it does during the day.

3. Aerial View of the City

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Photo by gags9999 on Foter.com

When the sun goes down San Francisco is brightly lit up. Viewed from Coit tower the street lights form an attractive and amazing pattern. Approaching San Francisco international airport from LA in a Delta airline the breathtaking view of the city is clearly visible.
You, however, don’t have to fly in the city to enjoy the aerial view. There are a plethora of both natural and artificial viewpoints where you can see the full splendor of the city at night.
Coit towers and the top of Lombard Street (while riding a cable car) are two easily accessible points. Dining at the Hopkins hotel (highest point) can still offer a free and safe viewpoint at any time of the night.

4. Broadway Show at The Theater District

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San Francisco is a popular city because of its numerous award-winning shows. Among them, Hamilton, An America in Paris, Fun Home and Book of Mormon are the most popular shows. Under the Californian moonlight, both locals and tourist converge at the theater district to watch the shows.
In San Francisco, entertainment list is un-ending; opera and live performance, as well as cultural dances, are common. It’s a city full of pomp and well-organized nightlife entertainment.

5. Go for a Night Boat Ride

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Photo by Tanel Teemusk on Foter.com

San Francisco has a thriving bay with affordable cruises to ride around the bay. Under the moonlight, a boat tour out of the bay is a very romantic experience. Under a clear sky, the constellation is quite visible with polygon clearly seen on the horizon as you ride in the sea.
Hornblower cruises are cheap to hire and offer a 4-course dinner which is factored during hiring. Cruise boats are stationed at pier 3 near Market Street. There are more than enough boats to go around and you can hire a boat anytime you want.

6. Enjoy a Refreshing Evening at North Beach

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Littered with high-class bars and fast food shops, North Beach is a perfect place for nightlife lovers.  There are numerous palazzos around this place including Churchkey and Boardroom. Strolling along the waterfront you can’t miss the sight of the fantastic view of the bay.

7. Go to AT&T Stadium

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It’s only in San Francisco where you will have the rare chance to watch a live baseball game at night. It is always fun to watch this beautiful game regardless of the team you support. You can purchase your ticket from StubHub or buy one at the stadium in case all aren’t sold out.

8. Visit Chinatown

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This is the coolest of places to visit at night while in San Francisco. Though a popular destination during the day; many people are opting for a night exploration so as to avoid the big number of daytime visitors.
Delicious Chinese food is very popular in this region. The delicacies are exceptionally cheap at night when the streets are not crowded. It’s a destination I would recommend if you have a taste for Chinese delicacies.

9. Exploratorium

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Under the cover of darkness, a visit to the Exploratorium is a common phenomenon. This amazing science museum opens from 6 pm – 10 pm every Thursday (adults only). To add to the fantasy consider taking with you some hot coffee.
To keep it hot put it in a tour flask. These flasks are cheaply available on Amazon. Just include its cost as you plan for this trip.

10. Amazing Culinary

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Photo by john.gillespie on Foter.com

San Francisco is famous for its love for cuisines. A chance to taste a variety of exotic foods ranging from Mexican to Chinese delicacies is just irresistible. Visiting any restaurant at night gives you a whole avenue to choose your choice dish at an affordable price.
According to statistics, San Francisco receives more than a million visits annually. When interviewed half of the visitors confessed to preferring to visit prime spots during the night. A quarter of the daytime visitors were enthusiastic about a night tour around San Francisco.
Of the ten spots, we have listed above all the tourist interviewed confessed to having visited at least 75% of them.