7 Great things about San Francisco spring

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Sure, the seasons in the Bay Area don’t seem to be that different from each other (except for those few weeks in October when it feels like real summer), but spring in San Francisco still feels like a magical thing. The rains leave beautiful blossoms all around the city, and there seems to be an endless list of cool things to do as everyone comes out of hiding. When you visit the HI San Francisco hostels, you should check off at least one of these spring fever activities on your list.

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Baseball Season

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s hard not to have fun on a day out at a baseball game. There’s the group singing and cheering, greasy stadium food, and at AT&T Park, some pretty sweet views of the bay. The season typically starts at the end of March, and be sure to keep an eye out for group trips from the hostels on the activities board.

Flowers everywhere

For such a small city, San Francisco has an impressive amount of green spaces, so spring here is lively with colors from all kinds of flowers. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Golden Gate Park, where you can see a dazzle of blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers, take a scenic boat ride on Stow Lake, and admire the cherry blossoms in the Japanese Tea Garden.

Perfect bike rides

With the winter rains gone, spring is a great time to explore the city by bike. A good way to start is by taking the Golden Gate Bridge bike tour from your HI San Francisco hostel, which will take you all the way to Sausalito along a sweet route that hugs the bay. After that, keep your bike rental and get to know more of the city the scenic way.

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Good eating

You’re in the land of farm-fresh eating, so when spring arrives, the food also gets even better, with seasonal fruits and vegetables making appearances in local restaurants. The farmer’s market at Civic Center Plaza every Wednesday and Sunday becomes abundant with great produce perfect for preparing a great meal back at the hostel.

Al fresco dining

Speaking of food, eating outside is one of life’s little pleasures, and on any given sunny day, you’ll find San Franciscans flocking to places with patios or having picnics in the park (bonus points if it’s at Dolores Park and you have treats from Bi-Rite). On Friday nights, Off the Grid food trucks gather at Fort Mason so you can sample a bunch of local eats under the stars.

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Beaches by day and night

You still probably won't want to swim in the cold Pacific in the spring, but the weather is definitely nice enough to hit the beaches with fewer layers. Ocean Beach is an all-time favorite, and you can stay to watch the sun set by getting a permit for a bonfire, then gathering old and new friends around for nighttime beach magic.

The California Academy of Sciences

Most of the museums within Golden Gate Park are pretty great in the spring (and all year ‘round), but what makes the California Academy of Sciences particularly awesome this time of year is that it’s a very outside-goes-inside kind of place. The museum always has seasonal exhibits, and the living roof really comes to life, plus, if it happens to be a rainy day, you’ve got somewhere cool to go.


HI USA Tip: Make the most of spring fever and catch a train to Sacramento to experience some spectacular spring flowers.

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