Gotta catch em' all (in San Francisco)
July 14, 2011 10:41 AM   Subscribe

Compile me a list of all the small, unique things to see in San Francisco.

Some examples:

Wave Organ
A big musical instrument built using pipes in the ground.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_Organ

The 16th Ave Tiled Steps
A mosaic built along steps.
http://www.tiledsteps.org/

Pirate Store
A front for a writing studio, that actually sells random pirate goods.
http://www.826valencia.org/store/

Yoda Statue
It's a fountain, of Yoda.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/yoda-fountain-at-lucasfilms-hq-san-francisco
posted by typography to Grab Bag (30 answers total) 74 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Doggy Diner Head on Sloat.
posted by theodolite at 10:51 AM on July 14, 2011


How about the Falco Stairs in Coit Tower?
posted by divka at 10:51 AM on July 14, 2011




Paxton Gate, right next to the Pirate Store. Taxidermy and carnivorous plants for all!!!!
posted by JuliaIglesias at 10:54 AM on July 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


Alamo Square Shoe Garden?
posted by vacapinta at 10:55 AM on July 14, 2011


Oh, and the Seward Street Slides!
posted by JuliaIglesias at 10:55 AM on July 14, 2011


Audium.
posted by kickingtheground at 10:56 AM on July 14, 2011


Seward Street Slides

Filbert Steps (including the parking meter).
posted by dolface at 10:57 AM on July 14, 2011


...and that's what I get for not previewing.
posted by dolface at 10:58 AM on July 14, 2011


Bernal Hill Slides!
posted by vacapinta at 10:59 AM on July 14, 2011


The Beat Museum.
posted by Stagger Lee at 10:59 AM on July 14, 2011


Junkyard Sculpture Garden
posted by vacapinta at 11:01 AM on July 14, 2011


Not sure if this is what you mean, but there's stairways of San Francisco and mosaics of San Francisco.
posted by Phredward at 11:06 AM on July 14, 2011


Jack Early Park.

Stop in North Beach first and get a hot sandwich to take with you.
posted by laconic titan at 11:06 AM on July 14, 2011


How about the Presidio Pet Cemetary
posted by sub-culture at 11:13 AM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Musee Mechanique
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 11:17 AM on July 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hike up the Buena Vista Park hill--some of the steps are made of old gravestones and it's fun to try and read them! And the view's terrific.
posted by padraigin at 12:07 PM on July 14, 2011


Vermont Street, the *other* "crookedest street in the world."
posted by chez shoes at 12:09 PM on July 14, 2011


The historic street cars on the F-line. A live maps fo which ones are running here.
posted by oneear at 12:32 PM on July 14, 2011


How about the Cartoon Art Museum which is right next door to the Museum of the African Diaspora.
posted by agatha_magatha at 12:40 PM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


SF Secrets is a great source for these sorts of places. The Billy Goat Hill rope swing is a personal favorite.

Also check out the listings at Atlas Obscura.
posted by mshrike at 1:57 PM on July 14, 2011


The Exploratorium. Too big? Okay, the Tactile Dome inside the Exploratorium.
posted by Rash at 2:03 PM on July 14, 2011


World Famous Bushman!
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:50 PM on July 14, 2011


The lobby at 450 Sutter St. and the Flood Building lobby. The Flood Building survived the quake and fire and has a maltese falcon in the lobby.
posted by oneear at 3:41 PM on July 14, 2011


Related to chez shoes' suggestion of Vermont Street, I have a real soft spot for the swings at McKinley Square. Big enough for the average adult butt, and when you swing out you have an amazing view of the city at your feet.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 4:17 PM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Watch fortune cookies being made at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.
posted by mbidi at 7:02 PM on July 14, 2011


How fortuitous! We happen to be visiting San Francisco this weekend. I thought it would be useful to add all of these locations to a Google Maps so that it would be easy to keep track of where they were in relation to one another.

Here it is

We're just lowly tourists, but along my walks today we happened on a very cool art gallery called Space Gallery which I'm not sure falls under this category exactly but I have to say the installation there was really cool.
posted by Deathalicious at 10:08 PM on July 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


This may be more landmark, but there's the Golden fire hydrant.
posted by vacapinta at 12:59 AM on July 15, 2011


Paxton Gate
posted by benzenedream at 2:36 PM on July 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Macondray Lane
posted by Mendl at 5:03 PM on July 15, 2011


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