An entire universe lives and breathes within the California Academy of Sciences, where a single living roof covers an aquarium, a planetarium, a rainforest, a natural history museum, and more. Yet if you glanced at the building in Golden Gate Park, it would be easy to miss the Academy entirely. That's because hills and fields cover 87 percent of its living rooftop, which gives a home to local wildlife, keeps the academy green, and upholds its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.
When Segways were introduced in 2001, the developers claimed they would reconfigure cities. San Francisco promptly banned them from sidewalks, but has permitted their use on trails and in bike lanes, which means they thrive in Golden Gate Park. Leading the charge is Segway SF Bay, the best of a bunch of Segway rental points located in, or near, the park. There’s perhaps no more thorough way to see every cranny of the park’s 1,000 acres, from the Buffalo Paddock to the Rhododendron Dell, than from atop one of Segway SF’s rides. Their Central Sunset shop, just outside the park, outfits riders with everything they could need, including safety gear and plenty of instruction before cruising away. And for any local who’s simply curious about the contraptions, Segway SF Bay offers free first-time lessons.
Sunrise Deli pleases palates with award-winning Middle Eastern cuisine, concocting falafels lauded by SF Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle. For more than a quarter century, chefs have grilled kebabs, stuffed pita envelopes with love letters, and loaded dishes with hummus, fresh yogurt, and olives. Sunrise Deli acquires its meat from local ranches and picks its vegetables from local farms to ensure fresh, earth-friendly sustenance. Every day, round loaves of sesame bread pop out of the oven alongside piping-hot armenian pizzas and spinach pies. Sunrise Deli also caters platters laden with baba ghanouj and meat kebabs to family gatherings or teddy-bear picnics.