9 Unusual Things To Do In San Francisco

1.Wave Organ
The Wave Organ literally turns waves into fine music. It was created by the San Francisco Exploratorium in the year 1986, and the organ is using series of pipes which are interacting with the ocean’s waves to produce the most beautiful melodies.

The Wave Organ’s concept was created and developed by Peter Richards and renown stone mason and sculptor George Gonzales helped to install the wonderful organ. The idea for the wave organ was inspired by a number of recordings of astonishing sounds emerging from vent pipes in a floating dock made out of concrete in Sydney, Australia.

2.Tiled Stairs
San Francisco’s ‘Tiled Steps’ can be found on Moraga Street, right between 15th & 16th Avenue. The Tiled Steps Project was an interesting neighborhood effort and meant to create a fascinating mosaic that goes all the way up the step risers of each of the 163 steps that are located at Moraga and 16th Street in The City.

Artists Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr were leading the project, and they applied the 163 mosaic panels to the risers, supported by more than 300 neighborhood residents. More than 220 people from the neighborhood donated handmade bird, fish, or other animal name tiles that were embedded the mosaic.

3. Concrete Slides
 San Francisco’s concrete slides can be found at three location. The Seward Street Slides are in Castro, the Youngblood Park slides in Bayview, and the Hilltop Park slides also in Bayview. The Seward Street Slides (Castro) are located in Seward Mini Park at the corner of Acme Alley and Seward Street.

It was designed by Kim Clark, just 14 years old, who had won a competition organized by by well-known sculptor Ruth Asawa. When you plan to hit up the slides, please make sure you’ll be bringing a piece of cardboard to sit on.

4. SF’s Street Art – Bansky
Head out to both Clarion Alley and Balmy Street to check out  Banksy’s street art. Bansky is a pretty famous graffiti artist from England. He is also a political activist and claims to be a film director. His mostly satirical street art, as well as his subversive epigrams, are combining graffiti with dark humor that he executes in a very typical and personal stenciling technique.

You can find Bansky’s recent murals at 1309 Howard Street, Mission & Erie Streets (just around the corner at Cafe Prague), 1672 Haight Street, 2140 Mission Street, 720 Grant Ave, and 853 Valencia Street.

5. SF’s Street Art – Clarion Mural Project (Clarion Alley between Mission & Valencia)
The Clarion Alley Mural Project started in 1992 and ever since, it has visually given a voice to the objections artists have had to San Francisco’s  gentrification. The projects features over fifty 50 impressive murals right on walls of tiny Clarion alley.

6. SF’s Street Art – The Women’s Building Mural (Lapidge Street at 18th Street)
The Women’s Building is home to one of San Francisco’s largest and best-known murals, the ‘Maestra Peace Mural’. It was painted in 1994 by a few famous Bay Area artists, Miranda Bergman, Juana Alicia, Edythe Boone, Meera Desai, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Irene Perez, and Yvonne Littleton. Throughout the year, the mural is attracting numerous tourists from across the globe.

7. SF’s Street Art – White Walls (Tenderloin Neighborhood)
White Walls and Shooting Gallery are known for featuring contemporary and urban art exhibits. Located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district (886 Geary Street) they also have been bringing an impressive array of breathtaking outdoor murals to the area for the past decades.

8. The Presidio Pet Cemetery
At the Presidio pet cemetery, thousands of loyal pets that were owned by Presidio-stationed families have found their final resting place. Many of the cemetery’s grave markers are resembling markers that are found in military cemeteries. They sometimes even are reflecting the military lifestyle of the pet or list the pet’s birthplace, for example, England, China, Germany, or Australia.

9. Must Try: SF Food
San Francisco’s cuisine is recognized across the planet, and for good reasons. You really must try hard to have a bad meal in The City. For gastronomical highlights, the Tenderloin area is very popular, but you shouldn’t have any problems with getting into the area’s grungy streets. Check out Honey Honey (located on Post & Taylor Streets). They say it’s the best place for breakfast, but the are serving lunch and dinner as well. People are literally lining up down the street every day to eat here.

Mark Thomas