San Francisco, United States
Keepin' it weird
- Balmy Alley , As if you needed another reason to visit the Mission: this alleyway is home to dozens of murals big, small, gorgeous, and strange. It's not the only place in town for mural art, but it's definitely the crown jewel.
- Musée Mécanique , If you're visiting town, the odds are good you'll wind up at Fisherman's Wharf (more's the pity). So while you're there, definitely stop by this museum of antiquated coin-operated trinkets and toys, including player pianos, love meters, and the like.
- Japanese Tea Garden , The tea isn't actually the reason to come to this lush oasis of calm in the middle of Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the garden, watch the koi in the pond, and yes, snack on a fortune cookie, in the ...
- Paxton Gate , Do you like taxidermy, insects, curios, and cacti? Of course you do. I'm not judging. Note: there's also a more-kid-friendly Paxton Gate store a block down on Valencia.
- Sutro Baths Ruins , It's amazing to see these cold, crumbled structures and think that less than 100 years ago, people came out here to soak in hot water.
- The Wave Organ , Real talk: this thing doesn't actually sound like an organ. That said, it is a neat sculpture that (when the tide is right) does generate a lot of sound from the sea. Very neat end to a nice little promenade.
- Kinokuniya Bookstore , Pretty much everything in the heart of Japantown is amazing, frankly. Just make Kinokuniya your starting point, and see what else strikes your fancy while you're there.
- Seward Street Slides , A pair of concrete slides, kinda in the middle of nowhere. You'll find some discarded cardboard at the bottom, for use as a recycled seat. Once you're at the top, it can look a little intimidating, honestly, but it's all ...
- House Of Air , It's an indoor trampoline park. I'll just let you think about that for a minute.
- Audium , It's a show in a darkened room. Or a sound sculpture. Or a projection of shrooms.
- Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium , The Exploratorium in general is a fantastic place to get your interactive science kicks, but the Tactile Dome in particular is fantastic. You'll crawl, fumble, and feel your way through a dark labyrinth. Every time I go, I find new ...