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  • SS Jeremiah O'Brien
    Although they didn't have the most glamorous job, Liberty Ships might represent America's contributions to the fighting effort in World War II better than any other craft. Between 1941 and 1945, 2,710 were manufactured at 18 American shipyards, making up the largest class of ships in the history of the world. This massive cargo fleet helped replace the British and American ships decimated by German U-boats, but today, only two remain on the water. One of those?the only that is still in historically accurate condition?is the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a floating museum moored at Fisherman's Wharf. With the spirit of its namesake?the first American to capture a British vessel during the Revolutionary War?the O'Brien made 11 voyages during WWII: from England and Northern Ireland to South America, India, and Australia. But just because she's become a history exhibit doesn't mean she doesn't still see some action. On Steaming Weekends (usually the third Saturday and Sunday of the month), while remaining dockside, visitors can see the 2,500-horsepower engine in action, and public cruises scheduled throughout the year prove how shipshape the vessel really is. Any day of the week, guests can explore nearly the entire craft including the flying bridge to the engine room.
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    45 Pier
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
    At first glance, Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze looks more funky than befuddling. The black lights that illuminate its columns and archways cycle through neon colors, and ?80s dance music thumps through its various turns. The wonderland-like ambiance prompted SF Weekly to list the maze as "possibly the most psychedelic place one can legally reach within the city limits" in its list of Five Places We Wish Bands Could Play in SF. Don't let the far-out vibes fool you, though. Even Charles Magowan, the maze's creator, admits to getting lost in its passageways during an ABC 7 feature. Charles constructed the maze to cover 2,000 square feet, aligning 77 mirrors in counterintuitive corners, dead-ends, twists, and halls. His ultimate goal was to build a nostalgic labyrinth that both kids and adults could explore. One ticket grants unlimited admission to the maze throughout the day, encouraging repeat visitors to memorize different escape routes and convince their reflection to go to work tomorrow instead of them.
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    Pier 39
    San Francisco, CA US
  • de Young Museum
    One of San Francisco's oldest cultural institutions, the de Young Museum has steadily expanded since it was built for the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. It now stands among the country’s most-visited public art museums. The museum's painstakingly curated permanent collections chiefly fall into three categories: more than 1,000 American paintings from the 17th through 21st centuries; international textiles and costumes; and art from the Americas, Pacific, and Africa. The staff also curates a dynamic selection of visiting exhibitions that have featured photography, sculpture, and cultural artifacts. The museum’s architecture and grounds evolve right along with the collections, as natural materials such as copper, stone, wood, and old baseball cards age against the surroundings of Golden Gate Park.
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    de Young Museum
    San Francisco, CA US
  • My Gym
    My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 weeks—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–8, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
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    901 Minnesota St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Mission Bowling Club
    Picture a bowling alley and you might imagine some smoke-filled dump—in other words, the polar opposite of what Mission Bowling Club actually is. The owners have created a space that blends an upscale gastropub with a six-lane, lounge-style bowling alley where mixologists prepare drinks for bowlers seated at half-moon booths. After a few games, players head into the restaurant, where they feast on upscale takes on classic American fare. Dishes include the apple cider risotto, sausage corn dogs with habanera crema, and root-beer glazed duck breast. Though the lounge is usually 21 and over, kids and teens can enter with adults during family bowl on weekend afternoons. That’s also when the lounge prepares a full brunch menu, cooking up fried chicken and waffles, french toast with marscapone, and Dungeness crab Benedict. If the weather is nice, the front patio is a great place to enjoy the view or kickstart a petition to make bowling balls our new currency.
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    3176 17th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • 7d Experience
    Staff at 7D Experience equip audience members with laser blasters and 3-D glasses before strapping them into neon-yellow moveable seats inside a 20-seat interactive digital theater. Each of the Experience's current rides combines built-in roller-coaster movement with interactive shooting challenges in the XD DarkRide, and immerses players in a computer-generated onscreen experience through surround-sound and 3-D visual effects. Los Banditos surrounds players in a Southwest landscape, in which they defeat robotic cowboys, while Zombies! pits players against waves of undead in a digital apocalypse. At the end of each eight-minute game, the screen displays the winner's photo, allowing others to admire their score or tell them whether they'd look good with a mustache.
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    39 Pier 39 Concourse
    San Francisco, CA US

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