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Four Fun, Funky, and Freaky Places to See in San Francisco

Here's a fun blog post written by Dan Patterson and originally posted on

San Francisco is home to such a diverse array of attractions — and subcultures — that it may be difficult to narrow down just where to go to experience a good chunk of what the city has to offer. To help you pare down your picks, here are a few fun, funky, and (slightly) freaky places to see and things to do in San Francisco.

1. St Francis Fountain

The second you hop off that trolley, you’re going to want to fill your belly with something delicious. With a moniker that tips a paper cap to San Francisco’s namesake, St. Francis Fountain is the city’s oldest ice cream parlor. Located on 24th street (near the corner of York & 24th), the quaint retro diner was opened by a Greek immigrant in 1918 and still proudly serves the community to this day, slinging frosty ice-cream sodas; big, beefy burgers and some of the best mac n’ cheese on the West coast.

Once in a state of disrepair, the St. Francis Fountain experienced a renaissance when it came under new ownership in 2002. Since its renovation as a ‘50s retro-style diner, it’s become a thriving part of its neighborhood, serving delighted patrons of all ages.

2. Escape to Alcatraz Island

Sometimes known as “The Rock,” Alcatraz Island is best known as the home of one of the U.S.’s most famous prisons. Although the prison closed its doors in 1963, it was once the unofficial “home away from home” to notable inmates such as Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz,” who was the subject of a classic Hollywood film.

Today, Alcatraz Island plays host to thousands of tourists each year, each hoping to learn more about the island’s rich history. Visitors can see the U.S.’s first lighthouse, as well as learn more about Alcatraz Island’s important role within the nation’s military history, as well as its cultural significance to Native Americans. At the heart of it all is a beautiful, natural setting that features lush gardens, bird colonies, and tide pools.

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