I is for Ice Skating

@ Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center is San Francisco ‘s only year-round ice skating center. They are open for various programs on an average of 18 hours a days, 7 days a week. We offer a wide variety of regular programs in our schedule – fun and exciting opportunities include:

Public Skating,
Freestyle sessions for competitive skaters,
Skating School for both figure skating and hockey skating,
Special Skaters Learn-to-Skate program,
Birthday Parties,
Private Instruction,
Youth Hockey League,
Adult Hockey League,
Adult pick-up hockey,
Skating sessions especially for adults and seniors,
Synchronized Team skating for youth and adults and
Former Olympian Brian Boitano’s Youth Skate Program.

The building capacity is 1,100 persons; With 500-600 skaters, the regulation hockey size surface is usually 2/3’s filled. They have permanent seating for approximately 300 spectators.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center
750 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-820-3532

For more information on rates, hours of operation etc. visit: Public Skating at Yerba Buena 

H is for Haight Ashbury

Summer of Love. Jimi Hendrix. Equality. Grace Slick. Tie Die. Carlos Santana. Peace. Jerry Garcia. Flower Power. Janis Joplin. Canibus. Grateful Dead. West Coast Woodstock. Black Magic Woman. Joan Biaz. Beatlemania! Hippies.
Regardless of what you may or may not have heard, the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco is ICONIC for all that it has been and all that it has desired to become!
The Summer of Love was officially documented on April 6, 1967 as the begining of a movement that took san Francisco by storm as 35,000 young adults left their homes and college campuses to come and “serve” their brothers and sisters. The movement was an experiment in community service that was to bring peace, goodwill, love of human kind and to outreach and serve the down trotten but quickly grew via word of mouth and literally left our city unprepared for the amount of visitors, community workers, friends, and lovers that came to help.
Most of the images and conversations about the Haight Ashbury district always end in references to drugs, free love, idealistic “children” that needed to go home to their mother’s and take a well deserved bath. But that was not the original intent, and it was not its lasting impact on the City and County of San Francisco.
Imagine if somebody threw a Youth Convention of 35,000 in your city and forgot to tell the hotels, city officials, police, fire departments, and social service agencies. Now imagine that each day an additional 2000 people arrived for an additional sixty days? Where would these people sleep? Would they open their public park for sleeping? How would they eat? The very agencies that they came to “help” were fledgling non-profit start-ups, trying to help veterans and drug addicted youth.
It was indeed a Summer of Love because that many youth gave up everything to come and serve, to come and love, to come and create changes that are STILL the cornerstone of Social Services offered here in San Francisco for example: Haight Asbury Free Clinic, Huckleberry House for Runaways. I will not idealize what took place during those who chose engage in “psychedelic experiences” but the innovative thoughts and paradigm shifts that resulted from the collective body created several hundreds of committed agents of change.

It has been 35 years and I believe the late Abbie Hoffman summed it up best when he said “The lesson of the sixties is that people who cared enough to do right could change history.”

G is for Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is over 1000 acres and is the third most visited park in the United States of America. Although is is often called New York Central Park’s “little sister.” Golden Gate Park possesses a wide array of unique and one-of a-kind features that sets it apart from other urban settings. Plans were put into motion to transform the bleak sand and shore dunes that decorated San Francisco into a usable, inviting park for the all to enjoy during the 1860s.

Entrance to the park is free to visit during the day, popular attractions charge admission, such as deYoung Museum, California Academy of Sciences and Conservatory of Flowers. The park is filled with gardens: AIDS MEMORIAL GROVEBOTANICAL GARDENJAPANESE TEA GARDEN IN GOLDEN GATE PARKQUEEN WILHELMINA TULIP GARDENROSE GARDEN and the world famous CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS.

There are also plenty of opportunities to participate in sports on the Golden Gate Park Archery Range, Golden Gate Park Golf Course, Polo Fields, Stow Lake Boathouse, and Kezar Stadium.  Browse the site for information on parking, maps, weddings, hotels, permits, making reservations, transportation, contact numbers, and the history of Golden Gate Park. For more information please visit: GOLDEN GATE PARK.

F is for Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most famous attractions because of its rich history, fine foods, and unusual experiences. I have listed several of my favorites in this post but for a complete listing please click Attractions Located in Fisherman’s Wharf 


Aquarium of the Bay 
Address: PIER 39, The Embarcadero at Beach,
Phone: 1-888 SEA DIVE
Website: www.aquariumofthebay.org 

National Liberty Ship Memorial (SS. Jeremiah O’Brien) 
Address: Pier 45
Phone: 415-544-0100
Website: www.ssjeremiahobrien.org 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum 
175 Jefferson Street
Website: www.ripleysf.com

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Address: Bldg. E, Room 265, Lower Fort Mason
Phone: 415-561-7006
Website: http://www.nps.gov


Alioto’s Restaurant 
Address: 8 Fisherman’s Wharf
Phone: 415-673-0183
Website: www.aliotos.com 

Boudin at the Wharf 
Address: 160 Jefferson Street
Phone: 415-928-1849
Website: www.boudinbakery.com/at-the-wharf 

Fishermen’s Grotto
Address: 2847 Taylor Street
Phone: 415-673-7025
Website: www.fishermensgrotto.com 
The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Manufactory 
Address: 900 North Point Street (corner of Larkin Street)
Phone: 415-474-3938
Website: www.ghirardelli.com 
There are a lot more restaurants and fun things to do at Fisherman’s Wharf but these are a few of my favorites!

A is for Alcatraz

I have decided to do posts about my beloved hometown, San Francisco and all the things that I love from A to Z.


A ~

Alcatraz aka “The Rock” is one of the most traveled tourist attractions in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes, which saved the tribes.

Alcatraz is 1.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Rich in history, Alcatraz was once the prison home of: Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Bumpy Johnson. There is also a natural side to “The Rock”, there are beautiful gardens, tide pools, bird colonies (brown pelicans), and bay views beyond compare.

There is no entrance fee to Alcatraz, however there is $10.00 round-trip ferry fee to and from the island.