10 Activites In San Francisco's Richmond Neighborhood

Photo of Phuong Pham
9 February 2017

Get to know the fascinating Richmond neighborhood in San Francisco. The Richmond district is quietly intriguing due to its location. What makes this neighborhood tick? Culture Trip investigates.

Inner Richmond and Outer Richmond are both located in the center of San Francisco. This convenience has attracted numerous people to invest. The neighborhood is considered the greenest part of the city thanks to the Golden Gate Park, but it is not the only interesting destination in the district. We check out ten things you should do when in this fashionable part of town.

Sunrise at Baker Beach | © Phuong Pham

Visit the Beautiful Beaches

California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | © Phuong Pham
You might notice that the west side of Richmond district is surrounded by ocean. Baker Beach is very popular for its location, which is enviably close to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are looking for a spot to take pictures of the bridge and instantly instagram your findings, then you should go to Baker Beach, with its beautiful ocean and sandy strip. Another fantastic beach for relaxing the pace of the day is Ocean Beach, perfect for a bonfire and beach picnic.

Visit California Academy of Sciences

Museum, Park
The Long-necked Apatosaurus - Welcome to the California Academy of Sciences During COVID-19
The Long-necked Apatosaurus - Welcome to the California Academy of Sciences During COVID-19 | © Alice Musbach / Alamy Stock Photo
If you are in the market for interesting experiments and cool science facts, don’t hesitate to spend a couple of hours at the California Academy of Sciences. Aside from the perfect location (inside the Golden Gate Park), the academy is well-known for hosting unique activities and exhibitions. The Planetarium, the Aquarium and the living roof are exceptionally beautiful. Check out their calendar to keep up to date with their current exhibitions.

Ride a Boat in Golden Gate Park

Museum, Park
The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio
The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio | © Phuong Pham
The Golden Gate Park is huge, so why not conserve you energy and take a boat? Sail across stunning Stow Lake and soak up nature. The lake is a delightful oasis in the middle of the park and well worth investigating during your visit. Ducks, seagulls and turtles abound, so don’t forget to bring your camera.

The Presidio Walk

Bridge, Museum, Park
Located in the north of the city, the Presidio Park is surprisingly close to Richmond district. This area is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is known as an historic area. After taking some snaps at the bridge, you could take a walk or a free bus to the Presidio and explore the interactive environmental exhibits, workshops and numerous other exciting moments. The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in this area too, so Disney fans might want to put this on the to-do list.

Explore the Foodie Side of Town

Thanks to its very convenient location, there are numerous restaurants in this trendy neighborhood. This district is also known as the home of Russian cuisines. Take the oppurtunity to enjoy the Russian restaurants, bakeries, tea rooms and more. In addition, Korean food and Japanese restaurants are very popular in this buzzing neighborhood. From Korean BBQ to Japanese shabu shabu, you can find everything on the Geary Boulevard.

Go to the Movies at Balboa Theater

Cinema, Theater
Historic theaters are part of San Francisco. Small, intimate rooms with dozens of viewers as well as oodles of fresh popcorn are what San Franciscans live for. The Balboa Theater has comfortable seats and real butter for the fluffy popcorn. Settle in for a fantastic evening with this double-feature marathon.

Camera Obscura

San Francisco’s Camera Obscura is considered the oldest camera in the world and numerous artists found their inspiration from this particular instrument. This is a place where photography and history combine to create spellbinding images with a real sense of gravitas. If you are craving spectacular views and visual adventures, this spot is definitely worth invesigating.

Legion of Honor | © Kleberly

Explore Art Museums

A big bonus to the already bountiful Richmond District is that the big museums have settled here. In the Golden Gate Park, on the other side of Academy of Sciences, there is one of the most stunning art museums in the city – De Young Museum. From classic to contemporary, from Picasso to Keith Haring, the collections here are simply breathtaking. If you are on your way to The Presidio, you should swing by Legion of Honor, another five-star museum with gorgeous views and architecture.

Savor Delicious Dessert

Luckily, you could find most of the best Asian dessert destinations in thhe Richmond district. From bubble teas to chicken wings, we guarantee you won’t go home with an empty stomach.

Nightlife Adventures

Pubs and lounges abound in the city, but each neighborhood has different styles of nightlife. There are sport bars and karaoke lounges which are just few blocks away from each other. In addition to that, you might want to check out the Nightlife experience at the California Academy of Sciences.

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