Things To Do In San Francisco

Madame Tussauds Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 44% Off)

Madame Tussauds

Fisherman's Wharf

Interact with lifelike wax figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama at a brand new waterfront wax attraction

$52 $29

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Historic Angel Island Tram Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Angel Island Company (Up to 50% Off)

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

$30 $15

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$19 for 10 Zumba Classes at Zumba with Adriana ($100 Value)

Zumba with Adriana

Multiple Locations

Adriana leads easy-to-follow choreographed routines set to Latin-music inside a bright, airy studio

$100 $19

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Walker Stalker Con 2015 at Fort Mason Center on January 31–February 1 (Up to 50% Off)

Walker Stalker Con 2015

Fort Mason Center

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The stars of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” are joined by actors from other zombie and horror flicks to treat fans to panels and events

$38 $19

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Hybrid Bike Rental for One, Two, Three, Four, or Five from Bay City Bike (Up to 47% Off)

Bay City Bike

Fisherman's Wharf

Self-guided tours let guests choose whatever route they like through San Francisco’s famed 1,017-acre vernal paradise

$32 $19

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Laurie Kilmartin and Aida Rodriguez at Cobb's Comedy Club on November 26–29 (Up to 57% Off)

Laurie Kilmartin and Aida Rodriguez

Cobb's Comedy Club

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Emmy-nominate writer for Conan joins a fellow alum of Last Comic Standing

$18.50 $10

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Holiday-Lights Tour for One Child or Adult from City Sightseeing (Up to 53% Off)

City Sightseeing

Fisherman's Wharf

After a 90-minute holiday-lights sightseeing tour featuring Union Square and Pier 39, sightseers sip hot cocoa

$30 $15

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Posada Navidena con El Dasa at Roccapulco on Saturday, December 6, at 9 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Posada Navidena con El Dasa

Roccapulco

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Cowboy-hatted singer behind romantic Mexican chart-toppers such as “Amor de los Dos” and “Por Ser Bonita”

$43.50 $25

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Make Your Own Terrarium with Robust Succulent Plants

Succulent Terrarium-Making Class

Matter of Trust

Craft your own terrarium with robust, long-living succulent plants under the tutelage of a professional terrarium maker

$50

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$37 for a Holiday Lights Tour from San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures ($75 Value)

San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures

Holiday Lights Tour

Gaze at the lights of downtown San Francisco from an open-topped 1955 Mack firetruck during a music-filled 90-minute tour

$75 $37

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $15 Off 90 Minute Private Yoga Instruction at Britt Fohrman: Yoga, Doula Services

Britt Fohrman: Yoga, Doula Services

Bernal Heights

For $5, receive a coupon for $15 off 90 minute private yoga instruction

$15 $5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your First Week Of JDLT2Go Workout and Lunch at JDLT Personal Fitness

JDLT Personal Fitness

San Francisco

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your first week of JDLT2Go workout and lunch

$5

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Secret Improv Society at Shelton Theater Fridays and Saturdays through December 27 (Up to 37% Off)

Secret Improv Society

Shelton Theater

Improvisers initiate crowd in weekly performances of short-form improv, comedy games, and live music

$18.93 $12

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$17 for One Ticket to the MatzoBall Singles Mixer on December 24 at 9 p.m. ($30 Value)

MatzoBall

Vessel Nightclub

Singles have partied together for the past 30 years

$30 $17

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$49 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Any Piece Of Art. at White Walls & Shooting Gallery

White Walls & Shooting Gallery

Civic Center

For $49, receive a coupon for 10% off any piece of art.

$49

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off One Carsten Energy Alignment Session at Love Life Yoga

Love Life Yoga

Laurel Heights

For $5, receive a coupon for 30% off one carsten energy alignment session

$5

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Four-Week or One-Day Creative-Painting Workshop at The CCE Painting Studio (Up to 54% Off)

CCE Painting Studio

Glen Park

Paint-speckled walls host blank sheets of paper, which students ignite with creativity, artistic guidance, and provided materials

$220 $110

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$10 for "Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy" Show at The Shelton Theater (Up to $20 Value)

The Shelton Theater

Shelton Theater

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Ever-changing roster of stand-up comics promises laughs

$20 $10

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for A One Hour Lesson For $75 at MitchLoweGolf

MitchLoweGolf

Stonestown

For $5, receive a coupon for a one hour lesson for $75

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Pisco Latin Lounge: A User's Guide

Peruvian Small Plates | Classic Pisco Punch | Extensive Wine List | Gluten-Free Menu

Sample Menu

  • Ceviche a la peruana with hamachi and sweet-potato chips
  • Quinoa risotto balls with romesco salsa
  • Parrillada platter with churrasco, lamb lollipops, and pork belly
  • Pisco Punch with pineapple gomme and macerated pineapple

The Name: Pisco is a Peruvian grape brandy, popularized in San Francisco for its use in sweet punches.

The Chef: James Schenk’s mother is originally from Peru, and he draws on that culture to create menus at Pisco Latin Lounge and Destino, the larger restaurant next door.

Awards and Accolades

  • The nation’s first dedicated pisco bar, according to Examiner.com
  • Praised by Zagat for its “strong, innovative cocktails”
  • Named one of the Top 10 Lounge Restaurants in the city by Gayot

Vocab Lesson
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Gomme syrup: a simple-syrup-like mixture of sugar, water, and gum arabic, commonly used as a sweetener in mixed drinks.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse mid-century furnishings, collectibles, and apparel at Stuff (150 Valencia Street).

After: Belt out tunes at The Mint karaoke lounge (1942 Market Street).

1817 Market St
San Francisco,
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The Ramp Restaurant: A User’s Guide

California-Style Beach Cuisine | Waterside Dining | Weekend Salsa Dancing | Rotating Happy Hour Menu | Established 1950

Sample Meals

  • Lunch: mussels and clams with chorizo, spinach, white wine, and shallots
  • Evening appetizer: tri-tip skewers with mushrooms, bell peppers, and au jus
  • Brunch: ramp corned-beef hash with pasilla peppers and Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Summer barbecue: classic cheeseburger with barbecue beans

A Bit of History: The Ramp wasn’t even serving food when it started in 1950—well, not the human kind anyway. That’s because it was just a bait shop. Eventually, it acquired its first food-related piece of equipment, a hot-dog machine, to service the boatyard next door. Since then, it’s expanded the menu considerably and, due to a large bayside patio, has become a staple of waterside dining in Mission Bay.

Where to Sit: Grab a plastic patio chair at one of the old wooden tables equipped with a shade umbrella.

When to Go: Head in Saturday for brunch followed by salsa dancing with live musicians (May—October). Otherwise, head in for a rotating lineup of specially priced dishes, such as oysters on the half shell, and drinks during happy hour every Monday—Friday from 4:30pm until 7pm.

While You’re Waiting

  • Enjoy views of the Central Basin and Potrero Point.
  • Count the fishing boats on the water or the music notes coming from the band’s horns.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Test your sea legs with a cruise under the Bay Bridge and past Alcatraz with Ruby Sailing (855 Terry A Francois Boulevard)

After: Dance into the night with salsa and tango at Cafe Cocomo (650 Indiana Street)

855 Terry Francois St
San Francisco,
CA
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Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This century-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.

The Conservatory houses four main galleries. In the aquatic plants gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled highland gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy lowland gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The potted plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Around the fragrant stillness of these halls, the Conservatory hosts special events such as gardening workshops.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

100 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco,
CA
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Quick: talk about river otters. Here are a few facts to get you started: they're members of the weasel family, they can swim at speeds reaching 7 miles per hour, and a group of them is known, tellingly, as a romp. The keepers at Aquarium of the Bay have spent months studying these sorts of facts and figures, studiously preparing for the arrival of their brand-new residents. In Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, these river kings and queens get some well-earned attention, with exhibits tracing everything from their daily habits to their conservation status.

The otters aren't alone, of course. The 50,000 square foot facility houses three main exhibit areas devoted entirely to marine life native to San Francisco Bay. These include Under the Bay, where Moon Jellies float amidst ambient lighting inside a 725-gallon cylinder tank. They share the exhibit with two tunnel tanks, which provide an undersea view of giant Pacific octopuses, spiny dogfish, swirling schools of anchovies, and the sevengill shark, the largest shark native to the bay. Visitors eager to put their other senses to work can head over to the aquarium's touch pools, where their fingertips can graze juvenile bat rays, leopard sharks, and sea stars.

Daily programs enrich visits with interactive presentations in the Bay Lab?the aquarium's land animal area?including feeding shows. And though not included in this Groupon and membership, behind the scenes tours escort guests through all of the aquarium's highlights. Over in the Bay Theater, 3D films and award-winning documentaries examine subjects such as shark species and marine conservation, while magician Timothy Noonan's 75-minute interactive show blends family-friendly comedy with illusions such as pulling a whale out of a hat.

2 Beach St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

The curators of The GLBT History Museum—the first stand-alone museum of its kind in the U.S.—know the GLBT experience is not the same for everybody. That’s why their flagship exhibit, “Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History,” doesn’t just tell one narrative, but encompasses multiple, sometimes contradictory, perspectives. Broken into sections focusing on themes such as bar life, faith, and drag culture, the exhibition, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, collectively “packs a huge emotional and education punch." To illustrate 100 years of the city’s queer history, the exhibit includes everything from retro gay bar flyers to pantsuits worn by lesbian activists on their wedding day in 2008.

Along with its main exhibit, the museum hosts rotating materials from international collections that document the queer experience in countries such as Scotland and South Africa. Every one to four months, the Corner Gallery accommodates a new show dedicated to subjects such as African-American LGBT history or direct action during the AIDS epidemic. Besides exhibitions, the museum educates guests throughout the year with programming such as panel discussions and film screenings.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

4127 18th Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

Dancing with the Stars cast members Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska, whose 2007 wedding with each other was celebrated in People magazine, opened up Genesis Dance Sport Studio to share their expertise with kids and adults. Before stepping into the role of business owner, Sliwinska found success on the international dance circuit and in TV commercials in her native Poland before meeting the Russian-born Mazo at a ballroom-dance competition in England. The duo danced together for years at national and international events before skyrocketing to fame on the popular ABC dance show where Mazo won the first season's competition with General Hospital star Kelly Monaco. Sliwinska has twirled with a slew of celebrities—including Evander Holyfield and Joey Lawrence—during her 10 glamorous seasons with the show. The husband-and-wife team has also produced the instructional DVDs “Dancing like the Pros” and “Fitness with the Pros," which help people improve their moves and become agile enough to solve a Rubik's Cube with their feet.

Sliwinska currently acts as both an instructor and the creative director of the studio, which is a welcoming, down-to-earth space that Mazo's parents originally opened in 1994. Here, she and the other experienced instructors boost students' self-confidence and social skills as they teach them the cha-cha, rumba, and swing. Many of their students have even gone on to garner accomplishments within the dance industry. The studio also offers courses for weddings and dance-based fitness classes that combine ballroom moves with plyometric training and yoga.

404 Clement St
San Francisco,
CA
US

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