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The Best Things to Do for Valentines Day in San Francisco
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The Best Things to Do for Valentines Day in San Francisco

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Updated: 23 December 2017
San Francisco is a city that’s perfect for a classic holiday or a creative outing with your significant other. From the zoo to to a night of comedy to a pillow fight, here are some of the top things to do in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Woo at the San Francisco Zoo

For a unique Valentine’s Day experience with your zoology-loving significant other, head to the San Francisco Zoo where they hold the annual animal mating tour “Woo at the Zoo.” This special tour takes guests on close encounters with the zoo’s animal mates, couples, and families. Guests also get to enjoy getting cozy in the zoo’s Great Hall with a roaring fire, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. It’s best to reserve yours and your own mates spots early, “Woo at the Zoo” is known to sell out quick.

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San Francisco Zoo 37 | © Michael Fraley/Flickr

SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Why not take your special valentine to the largest American wine competition in the world for the ultimate wine date? The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition offers public tasting the Saturday following Valentine’s Day, February 17. Take your special someone to sip and sample all the wines that were entered into the competition.

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SF Chronicle Wine competition Public tasting 2010-02-20 45.jpg | © Guillaume Paumier/Flickr

Punch Line Comedy Club

If your valentine loves to laugh, catch a Valentine’s Day show at the Punch Line Comedy Club. This iconic comedy club holds its annual Valentine’s Day Comedy Showcase the evening of the holiday. Snuggle next to your special someone as you both laugh until your bellies hurt while watching stand-up from comedians Marcella Arguello, Nikki Glaser, Joe Klocek, and Joe Tobin.

Find the Hearts in SF

The infamous heart sculptures of San Francisco can be found all throughout the city. What a fun Valentine’s Day out with your own valentine it would be to hunt down all of them (or as many as you can). Start at the most well known, Tony Bennett’s heart, “America’s Greatest City By the Bay,” and go about the city to find the rest! Even better, bring along your camera and take adorable photos of you and your valentine with each heart. They could later be turned into an endearing Valentine’s Day collage.

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Aphrodite’s Premier Valentine’s Cruise

Set sail on one of San Francisco’s most romantic cruises. Aphrodite’s Premier Valentine’s Day Cruise departs from Pier 3 and sails around the bay. The night includes a three-hour ride, a four-course dinner, and a hosted premium bar for you and your loved one. The views will make a perfect backdrop for the romantic evening.

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Romantic Dinner for Two

Opt for a more traditional Valentine’s Day evening with one of the many romantic dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants along Fisherman’s Wharf. Walk hand in hand with your love and window shop the souvenir huts on the wharf before sitting down, just the two of you, at one of the many famous Fisherman Wharf dining spots like the Blue Mermaid, Moo, Franciscan Crab, or Alioto’s. It’ll be an unforgettable evening for the both of you.

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Dinner @ Fisherman’s wharf MOO フィッシャーマンズワーフMOO | © Hajime NAKANO/Flickr

The Great San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight

For something even more unique, and both physically and emotionally gratifying, this Valentine’s Day, grab your loved one (and their pillows) and play around at the annual Great San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight. It’s almost like a flashmob — the plush version. This free event has been coming together every year at the Justin Herman Plaza. When the Ferry Building clock hits 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, attendees whip out their pillows and the fighting fun begins! It’s a great, creative, and inexpensive way to celebrate your love for each other.

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Great San Francisco Pillow Fight 2008 | © Ingrid Taylar/Flickr