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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$20 for Admission for Two to Day of the Dead Costume Party at W San Francisco on November 1 ($40 Value)

Saints & Sinners Day of the Dead

W Hotel

Enjoy music spun by DJs, the company of costumed ghouls, and two floors of partying

$40 $20

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The Great Love Debate at Brava Theater Center on November 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

"The Great Love Debate"

Brava Theater Center

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Town Hall–style dating event pairs love experts with 400 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

$41.99 $25

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$17 to See "Foodies! The Musical" at The Shelton Theater (Up to $36.18 Value)

"Foodies! The Musical"

The Shelton Theater

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Musical revue’s cast skewers eating habits, kitchen gadgets, and over-attentive waiters

$36.18 $17

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SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival for One, Two, or Four with Lift Tickets on November 1 or 2 (Up to 55% Off)

Snowbomb Ski & Snowboard Festival

Fort Mason Center

Get access to lift tickets, a huge gear sale with discounts exceeding 75% off, and season pass deals to some of the largest ski resorts

$25 $12

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Roll Your Own Sushi with a Japanese Chef

Sushi-Making Workshop and Dinner

Chinatown

Kaz Matsune shows you how to handcraft hand rolls and Rainbow and California maki; your creations are shared during a communal dinner

$89 $89

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3D Printing or 3D CAD Modeling Workshops at Autodesk Gallery

3D Printing or 3D CAD Workshop

Autodesk Gallery-San Francisco - Landmark Building

Learn about 3D printing or 3D CAD modeling technology from HoneyPoint3D or Autotdesk experts, and tour the Autodesk Gallery

$120 $39

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$95 for Entry to Men's Health Urbanathlon 11-Mile Obstacle Race ($125 Value)

Publicis Hawkeye (Urbanathlon)

AT&T Park, Lot A

Competitors tackle 11-mile run and course with 14 obstacles including monkey bars, tires, barricades, marine hurdles, walls, and stairs

$125 $95

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$12 for Admission for Two to a Bay Area Wedding Fair ($30 Value)

Bay Area Wedding Fairs

Multiple Locations

Bridal shows bring together couples and wedding professionals for networking and big-day planning and shopping

$30 $12

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$10 for Two to See SF Comedy Showcase at Punch Line San Francisco(Up to $25 Value)

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

$25 $10

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Land-and-Water Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Ride The Ducks San Francisco (Up to 44% Off)

Ride The Ducks San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf

Ride past famous San Francisco landmarks on land and sea in an amphibious vessel inspired by the DUKW, a 1940s-era military vehicle

$70 $39

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The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

Join the Trickster for a show that covers 200-plus years of history through Halloween-themed stories, including The Lady of Stow Lake

$52 $31

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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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Trampoline Park Visit for Up to 2, 4, or 10 at House of Air (Up to 36% Off)

House of Air

San Francisco

Jumpers leap from 42 conjoined trampolines inside “The Matrix”, compete in games of trampoline dodgeball, or soar inside the new Kids Court

$32 $21

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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

$0 $5

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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 $49

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$55 for a Two-Hour 1960s-Themed Tour for Two from Magic Bus Tour ($110 Value)

Magic Bus Tour

Union Square

Magic Bus tour rewinds to 1960s-era San Francisco, passing iconic areas such as Haight-Ashbury as video screens flicker with historic images

$110 $55

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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 $5

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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,
CA
US

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
US

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

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

Juicy Liberty Sanchez and Steve23 traveled separate, yet intertwining paths before becoming partners in life and in yoga. Juicy was hooked on Bikram yoga after her first class in 2001, during which she fell down many times, but continued to rise to the challenge, both literally and figuratively. As time went on, she grew more interested in yoga than in her erstwhile law career. In 2005, Juicy asked Steve23?making ends meet as an artist?if he wanted to attend a Bikram teacher training with her. It was then they discovered that they had almost met on several occasions in years past. The rest, as they say, is history: the duo became the owners of Bikram Yoga in the Mission in 2006 and was married the following year in Honolulu at another Bikram teacher training. The bright turquoise and orange studio is a vibrant, funky homage to their Latino heritage and Indian culture, complete with murals and artwork painted by the teachers and students.

They and their team of certified Spanish-speaking instructors help perpetuate a yoga method developed by Bikram Choudhury. The sequence of 26 postures, performed in a heated studio, works to stimulate and strengthen every nook and cranny of the human frame. The hot surroundings are designed to loosen muscles, promote flexibility, and add authenticity to karaoke versions of "Hot Blooded." Within the 1,500-square-foot yoga room, up to 70 students become more limber beneath an electric-blue ceiling painted with white swirls that resemble clouds.

2390 Mission St
San Francisco,
CA
US

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