San Francisco is a truly amazing city. It boasts a lively waterfront, great shopping and dining, beautiful parks and the ever impressive Golden Gate bridge. You can get your inner hippy on in Haight-Ashbury, explore your sexuality in Castro or ride a tram in downtown ‘frisco.  There’s so much to see and do, and so many cliches abound, it can be hard to know where to start when planning a trip to the Bay Area.

Those who travel to San Francisco frequently have probably already visited Alcatraz, seen the giant Redwoods and ridden a trolley car (if you haven’t, don’t write it off – they’re cliches for a reason!). If you want to try something new and unique though, check out these original, alternative ideas. Planning on a longer stay? Blueground have some awesome apartments for rent in San Fransisco. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, a fearless adventurer or just want to have a great time with friends, San Francisco has something spectacular for everyone to experience. So, here are our 6 IDEAL alternative activities to do in San Francisco.

A Day-Out for a Dessert Lovers

If you’re a foodie with a throbbing sweet tooth, a visit to some of San Francisco’s delectable cafés and dessert bars is a must. To make the experience truly memorable, why not book a workshop with a world-renowned pastry chef?  You can attempt the perfect macaron, learn the secret to delicious dessert bar business success, or master the art of the perfect cookie.

Date Night Destinations

Commemorate, and hopefully consummate, your trip by putting on your finest and stepping out for a custom photo shoot. Make this your most memorable vacation by having it documented at your favorite San Francisco location. Then enjoy an evening of entertainment at the city’s longest-running musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon. Treat your special someone with VIP seating and a backstage tour for a night you won’t forget.

An Art Lover’s Outing

San Francisco is a great city for art lovers. It has an eclectic collection of art galleries and the SF Museum of Modern Art is just one of the many attractions available to the cultured, sophisticated crowd who flock to this city each year. To elevate a day of touring the galleries, make a reservation for a private gallery tour. Let a world-class art collector guide you through an exhibition and offer insight into building your own collection. Or if you fancy something a bit more eccentric, immerse yourself in San Francisco graffiti culture and history with a guided graffiti tour. 

An Animal Lover’s Dream

Visit the San Francisco Zoo and join the zookeeper for an amazing up-close experience with the red pandas. You’ll get to visit their habitat and have your questions answered about everything from daily routine to toilet habits and feeding rituals. Depending on the time of day, you may even get to do the feeding. After your 30 minute tour with the pandas, spend the day visiting the many other animals at the zoo.

Group Excursions Galore

For a truly unique experience, how about a Scenic Aerial Flight over the city? Imagine taking in the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf all from high above the city. Not for the faint-hearted, sure, but exciting and eye-opening nonetheless. Tours are flown in six-seater high-wing aircraft, meaning every seat is a window seat with panoramic views.

Extreme Adventures

What could be more exciting than flying over the San Francisco Bay on a jet powered board? We certainly can’t think of anything that would come close.Take an Xtreme Xcursions flyboarding lesson and spend half-an-hour soaring over the water. You’ll never want to come back down.

Interested in having original and unique experiences like these in San Francisco? Visit www.ifonly.com to book any one of these amazing excursions. Every offering on ifonly.com supports a charitable organization, so you’ll be doing good while having a spectacular time.