One of the lesser known places to shop for art supplies is a warehouse tucked away in a Bayview district of San Francisco. A non-profit craft store that takes the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” literally, SCRAP collects and sells items that could be considered junk, allowing others to create exciting new projects. With items ranging from used buttons and old comic books to unique fabric and photo frames, SCRAP diverts things that would otherwise go to a landfill into the hands of artists and creators. A place to stretch the boundaries of creativity, SCRAP also provides workshops that show its customers how to make new things out of the materials provided at the store.
SCRAP, 801 Toland Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 647 1746
Real Escape Game
Hosted by a different SCRAP headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, San Francisco’s Real Escape Game is an experience of a lifetime. The original Escape From the Mysterious Room calls for a few daring and clever people to put their skills to the test and escape a locked room within one hour using nothing more than their knowledge and some well placed clues. Since its establishment in San Francisco in 2012, Real Escape Game has expanded to create other mind-boggling story lines such as The Escape from Werewolf Village, Escape from the Puzzle Room, Escape from the Time Travel Lab, and many more. SCRAP makes those escape room games once played as a kid a real experience for adults and children alike.
Seward Street Slides
Growing up, adults may find themselves feeling out of place in children’s play structures, but the brilliant creators of Seward Mini Park have found a way to combat that sentiment. A mini park indeed, this attraction located on Seward Street is mainly composed of two long concrete slides at the top of a rather easy climb. Unlike most other parks, those who visit are suggested to wear long pants and bring with them a piece of cardboard to slide on. Seward Street Slides are a simple, but exhilarating way to connect with the daredevil within.
Seward Mini Park, 70 Corwin Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 831 2700
Hiking the caves and remains of Sutro Baths brings out the inner explorer in everyone, both young and old. Once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool for the residents of San Francisco, Sutro Baths is now a site of rock and concrete after a fire burned down the bathhouse shortly after its closing. At the bottom of a beautiful trail are the remnants of what used to be a luxurious pool. The ruins lead up to a misty and dark cave that can excite the detective in visitors of all ages.
Sutro Baths, 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 426 5240
Not limited to San Francisco, Geocaching allows people to explore any city with an element of surprise and mystery. Essentially a large-scale scavenger hunt, Geocaching reveals unexpected and sometimes unexplored areas of a popular city. Members of the website hide treasures known as “geocaches” around the city, leaving clues online for others to find their trinkets. A fun way to get out of the house and discover new and exciting places, Geocaching lets you explore the neighborhood with an added element of mystery.