1. Alcatraz Island
How can anyone go to San Francisco and not make a trip out to Alcatraz. When I traveled to Alcatraz it was on the evening tour. If at all possible this is definitely the way to go. Not only is it generally less crowded but the fading light really adds to the atmosphere of the place. Be sure to book this one online ahead of time as it fills up many weeks ahead during the busy season.
Accessibility here is great really. Alcatraz is up a really steep hill which gives you a great view of the bay. However if you’re unable to climb there have a small trolley that you can ride to the top and back down again later. From the top of the hill the rest of the site is quite flat. Loading and unloading of the ferry across to the island was already quite easy. If you’re unable to climb to the upper deck you can sit outside at the back of the boat and still have a nice view.
2.San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
In response to an ever increasing number of visitors the SFMOMA is currently under a major expansion and will be closed until 2016. However I have to assume accessibility can only get better with the rest of the upgrades. The museum has works by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. All areas of the gallery were wheelchair friendly with the exception of some artwork that was in a landing in-between sets of stairs.
3.California Academy of Sciences
If you’re into aquatic life this is the place to be. Home of one of the worlds largest coral reef exhibits and an indoor rainforest this place is seriously cool.
There is a number of public transit option to get you over to the academy. The Muni bus #44 will take you closest. I personally too the Muni N line for downtown which stops at 9th Ave and Irving Street. It’s a bit of a walk from there but it’s a nice one of you’re able to do so.
4. A walk in the Mission
Here is a nice low cost option. There is a ton to see in the mission however if you just want to spend a morning or afternoon you’ll still enjoy yourself. When I visited I walked down Valencia Street and checked out a lot of a nice little stores. We had lunch at Delfina on 18th which was just great. Then we headed over to Dolores Park, the largest park in the city. The Bi-Rite market is worth a visit as well as Bi-Rite creamery for some ice cream if you’re not too stuffed from lunch still. Throughout the mission walls are painted with murals often inspired by Mexican paintings
The area is a bit flatter than other parts of San Francisco so getting around is pretty easy. However if you get tired there are lots of places to rest and just watch people go by as well.
5. Union Square Shopping
A 2.6-acre public square in the heart of the shopping district of San Francisco. Surrounded by shops, hotel and restaurants. Painted heart sculptures from the Hearts in San Francisco public art installation project are standing on each of the four corners of the square. Each year they are auctioned off and new ones installed. As with the rest of San Francisco the area is on a hill but the plaza is flat. Access to the area is generally good and there are lots of spots to rest.