Cheapest entertainment in San Francisco

July 14th 2014
San Francisco entertainment doesn't have to be expensive. How about a picnic under the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park? Photo by Ayelienne.

Residents of the Bay Area agree that San Francisco apartment living rocks. There’s always something to do here, and you certainly can’t beat the beauty of the natural landscape that surrounds the Bay, or the charm of the city itself.

That said, having fun in the Bay Area can be pretty tough on your bank account if you’re not careful. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a great time. Check out our guide to some of the cheapest San Francisco entertainment.

Visit Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is more than just a regular green space. Here, you’ll find more than 1,000 acres of beautiful, natural landscapes, stretching from the Haight to the Pacific Ocean, along with plenty of things to do and see.

Pack a picnic lunch and relax among the tulips beneath the Dutch Windmill. Rent a paddleboat and explore Stow Lake. Check out the bison at the misnamed (but still lovely) Buffalo Paddock. Visit the park on Sunday and enjoy free live music from the Golden Gate Park Band. You can spend hours at the de Young Museum, and admission won’t set you back much at all.

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

You might drive across this San Francisco landmark on a daily basis and never think twice about it. But the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the best spots in the city for a leisurely stroll with positively breathtaking views. Great for jogging, biking or taking the whole family, this Bay Area landmark doesn’t cost a thing.

Be sure to check out the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion, which offers historical information and merchandise. Opened in May 2012, this center offers trails for biking and pedestrians, and features free guided walking tours every week.

Hang out at Pier 39

At Pier 39, something’s always happening. You can wander around and check out the street performers, spend some time watching the sea lions at K-Dock, or browse the local shops. Pier 39 offers entertainment for people of all ages.

Go to Chinatown

Yes, it’s touristy, but there’s a reason so many people want to visit San Francisco’s Chinatown. On this side of the globe, it’s as close as you’ll get to actually visiting China itself. Here, you can enjoy a very affordable plate of dim sum, pay a visit to the Tin How Temple, or just sit back and observe the throngs of people who pass through the area every day.

San Francisco features a vast selection of exciting attractions and entertainment. If you’re thinking of making the move to this terrific city, check out our San Francisco communities.