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17 Things No One Tells You About San Francisco

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The City by the Bay is full of unexpected treasures!

17 Things No One Tells You About San Francisco

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We have a Wave Organ that literally turns waves into music.

We have a Wave Organ that literally turns waves into music.

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It was constructed by the Exploratorium back in 1986, and uses a series of pipes that interact with the waves to produce beautiful melodies.

There are dog treat and cat food vending machines in Duboce Park.

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In case you’re out with your pet and realize you forgot to bring snacks for them!

And a pet cemetery in the Presidio.

And a pet cemetery in the Presidio.

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Which isn’t nearly as creepy as it sounds. It’s actually pretty fun wandering through the cemetery looking at the eccentric tombstones.

There’s a gold fire hydrant in the Mission.

It’s located at the corner of 20th and Church, right next to Dolores Park, and it’s a significant item in the history of SF. After the 1906 earthquake, it provided water to put out fires that destroyed much of the city. In fact, it was the only working fire hydrant in the neighborhood, which is why it gets repainted every year on the anniversary of the quake.

We have nearly 70 privately owned public spaces throughout the city, where you can go to work, write, or just hang out.

17 Things No One Tells You About San Francisco

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17 Things No One Tells You About San Francisco

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They’re maintained by private businesses, but are open to the public. Here’s a map.

Tiled stairs are totally a thing in SF.

Sundays!

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The tiled steps are located on Moraga Street between 15th and 16th Avenues.

This is an actual street.

This is labeled as Harry Street on Google map and street sign…#onlyinsf #harrystreet #stairmaster #wtf

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Google Maps calls it Harry Street, but it’s known among locals as the Harry Steps. The street, which connects Laidley and Beacon, was so steep that it had to be turned into a stairway.

There’s a concrete slide in the Castro.

I feel like a kid here. #sewardstreetslides #minipark #sfsecret #SF #slides #adventures

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It can be found in Seward Mini Park at the corner of Seward Street and Acme Alley. Planning to hit up the slides? Just make sure to bring a piece of cardboard to slide on.

The San Francisco Art Institute has a roof deck with spectacular views of the city.

Sailboats in the bay #SFAIrooftop #SFAI

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It’s a great place to go for a picnic with a view!

Some of the best art in the city can be found just by wandering the streets.

An alley full of awesome #streetart @ #balmystreet #sanfrancisco #balmystreetmurals

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Looking for incredible street art? Head to both Balmy Street and Clarion Alley.

There’s a rope swing in the Glen Park neighborhood.

Literally on top of the world. Maybe I'll stay forever. #billygoatpark

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Go to Billy Goat Hill Park to experience this rope swing with incredible views of the city.

You can set up a beach bonfire at Ocean Beach.

You can set up a beach bonfire at Ocean Beach.

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The beach has a limited number of fire pits, but if you can snag one, and construct a decent fire, then you’ll have an epic night on the beach. That is, unless it starts raining.

We have eerie underground tunnels that you can explore.

#sanfrancisco #underground #tunnelsofsf #explore #urbanexploration #tunnels #sfsecrets

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Although many of the highly decorated tunnels rumored to be located in Chinatown can’t be accessed by the public, you can find an underground tunnel that begins at 48th Avenue and Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District.

The city is home to multiple mega sundials, the largest of which is in the Ingleside Terraces neighborhood.

The city is home to multiple mega sundials, the largest of which is in the Ingleside Terraces neighborhood.

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And they’re surprisingly accurate!

We have a Spire in the Presidio.

spire.

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It’s over 100 feet tall and can be found on the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Designed by Andy Goldsworthy, the Spire was made from 38 cypress trees.

And a waterfront labyrinth you can explore.

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It’s called Land’s End Labyrinth for obvious reasons.

There’s a doored rabbit hole in Golden Gate Park.

Into the rabbit hole… @GoldenGatePark

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But no sign of the White Rabbit. Unfortunately.

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