Congratulations on your upcoming summer internship in San Francisco! Finals are only a few weeks away, and we're excited to welcome you to the home of the San Francisco Giants, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, Homesuite! Now that you're on your way, here are the top 3 things to do for summer interns in San Francisco:
#1 Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is a 1,000 acre public greenspace located between the Sunset and Richmond Districts that stretches from the Lower Haight all the way west to the Pacific Ocean. Golden Gate Park is filled with several soccer fields, tennis courts, an Olympic sized track, a lake, several museums, an 18-hole golf course, and an 18-hole frisbee golf course. Golden Gate Park is home to the California Academy of Sciences, which hosts special 21 and over events on Thursday nights, the de Young Museum, a Flower Conservatory, and the Rose Garden. Although parking may be tricky, Muni has several stops all along Fulton and Lincoln. It's impossible to explore all of Golden Gate Park in a single day, which makes it a great place to frequent throughout your summer internship.
#2 Urban Exploration
Take the road once traveled frequently and explore the worlds of yesterday. If you're looking for a truly unique experience, try "urban exploration" around San Francisco. Urban exploration is a lot like hiking ...but half indoors and half outdoors, and you get to explore ruins and historical buildings. San Francisco is full of amazing urban exploration opportunities. The most popular place to start your urban exploration hobby is The Sutro Baths: Once a popular indoor public pool back in the 19th Century, the Sutro Baths burnt down in 1967, and to this day remain in ruins. The Baths are located in the Sea Cliff neighborhood at the end of the Golden Gate Park. If you're itching for more, check out the abandoned WWII batteries in the Marin Headlands just across the Golden Gate Bridge!
#3 Nightlife & Dive Bar Musts
Compared to New Yorkers, San Franciscans love staying as casual as possible, even when going out. Clubs and bars are, for the most part, unpretentious, and most locals prefer to wear jeans and shirts when going out after work. Don't be surprised to see people wearing hoodies either! Although the upscale clubs like Temple, Eastside West, The Grand, DNA Lounge, and Infusion do have dress code, but the best dive bars, like Fishbowl, Bamboo Hut, and Noc Noc, don't! The Marina District and Polk Street are the two most popular bar hopping spots in San Francisco. Bar hopping in San Francisco is an absolute must for any out-of-town intern. Uber and Lyft are both based in San Francisco, so hailing a ride home is a breeze.
Over the past few months, we've been piecing together a series of helpful blog posts geared towards interns. In our first installment, we showed you how to get an internship with four easy rules. Next, we discussed the best housing options for interns relocating to the Bay Area. We also published a guest blog post over on Bright Hub and gave four tips to nail an interview. Lastly, we outlined a few great ways to have the perfect summer internship. We hope you enjoyed our fourth blog post on the top 3 things to do for summer interns in San Francisco!
If you're planning on relocating to San Francisco full time, check out our helpful guide here.