Things To Do In The Bay Area: Part 2

I was able to travel to San Francisco for work not too long ago. Although I wasn’t thrilled about going for work, I was excited since I love to travel and my best friend lives in the Bay Area. Of course, I just had to go the weekend before to spend some time with her and her husband. This was my second trip to the Bay Area so it was a bit difficult to think of some things to do, but we did figure it out. This is the beginning of a few posts about the Bay Area.

Things To Do In The Bay Area

So I arrived on a Friday night, close to midnight, after being delayed in Minnesota for 2 hours. Didn’t leave much time for us to do anything and I was exhausted. It was 2am my time by the time I arrived in California. The extent of that Friday night was driving from the airport to my friend’s new house and then chatting for an hour before heading to bed.

Spa Day in the Bay Area

The next morning we hung out and had breakfast at her house. Then we decided to go get massages. Now, they weren’t just any massage; they were foot massages. I’d never heard of them before this trip and my friend had recently heard of them. We went to Foot LAX Massage and each had a 1-hour foot massage, which included the following.

  • 5-minute neck and shoulder massage
  • 25-minute head, face, arm and legs
  • 10-minute back massage
  • 20-minute foot massage

Note: You will be in the same room as many others enjoying a foot massage. But don’t worry, everyone is fully clothed! The massages are performed on top of your clothes.

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Later on that day, we decided to go out in Campbell for drinks. The one bar we went to there seemed like a college bar. Of course, not exactly our age group but it did lead for some great people watching. After one drink there, we decided to go to downtown San Jose for drinks and dancing. If you enjoy dancing, a great place to go is Fuz Bar & Grill. They played everything from 80’s t0 90’s to 2000’s (my favorite!) and today’s hit music! It was so much to get out and dance for the rest of the night.

Things To Do In San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

The next day was my last day hanging out with my friend before checking into my AirBNB for my work conference the rest of the week. We spent the day driving into San Francisco so I could finally get a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. My last trip out I didn’t even see it!

Since it was a beautiful day out (clearly seen in the pictures), the viewing points were packed. They were so busy that after circling a couple of times for a parking spot, we gave up. My friend dropped me off so I could get a few quick photos and then we took off for our next stop, the San Francisco Zoo!

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San Francisco Zoo

Our next stop was the San Francisco Zoo! I know that they’re not for everyone but I do love a good zoo. They can do a lot of good in the world by protecting species, as long as it’s a legit zoo. From what I saw, the San Francisco Zoo certainly seemed like it. They also have some of my favorite animals: tigers, koala bears, and peacocks!

The zoo will be a great place for solo travelers, couple, or even family. The price for a ticket is decent at $19.00 for adults. Keep in mind, you will need to pay for parking if you park in their lot.

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Cable Car & Fisherman’s Wharf

Next stop was taking a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf. It may be cheesy for some, but I loved it! It was so much fun hanging off the side of the cable car on the way to the wharf. Once there, exploring the shops, and then I found the Musée Mécanique, one of the largest privately owned arcade museums in the world. There are over 200 working arcades here! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first walked in but omg, it’s so cool! And it’s completely free for admission. If you want to play the arcades, you can! They’re also cheap to play.

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What is your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? Comment below!


Alisha Ruud is a Lifestyle and Travel blogger. She is an animal lover, volunteers with a local animal rescue, avid reader, and motorcyclist. With her many interests, she has found a way to inspire others with the same interests and goals in life. She also likes to keep things fun!

38 thoughts on “Things To Do In The Bay Area: Part 2

  1. Kristen Reply

    I have always wanted to go there! The massage place looks cool and budget friendly.

    • Alisha Reply

      It was such a cool place and very budget friendly! I wish I had captured a photo of the inside but couldn’t with others in there.

  2. Amie Lara Reply

    San Francisco is on my list of places to travel!

    • Alisha Reply

      Hope you’re able to travel there soon! It’s a great city!

  3. Melissa Reply

    I go to San Francisco for work all the time, and love it! I don’t usually get a lot of sight seeing in, but definitely a lot of business dinners and nights out! Looks like you had so much fun!

    • Alisha Reply

      I recommend going for a weekend before or after if you’re able to! Then you could enjoy some sight seeing!

  4. Nicolette Reply

    You had me at massage! That sounds amazing!

    • Alisha Reply

      It was and such a good price, too!

  5. Susannah Reply

    I love San Fransisco. Your spa day sounds perfect!

  6. Bola Reply

    Wow! Sounds like a beautiful place. Can’t wait to visit.

  7. Heidi Reply

    I love San Francisco! We had a lovely time there when we visited. One day I hope to go back!

  8. Melissa Parcel Reply

    Great suggestions. One thing I wanted to let people know–if you want to go to Alcatraz you have to reserve it well in advance of your visit. We went in January a couple of years ago and thought that we would be able to do a same day booking–nope, all sold out.

    • Alisha Reply

      Yes, great tip! I went to Alcatraz on a previous trip to San Francisco. We were able to buy tickets a day before going, BUT we had to do the combo trip of Angel Island and Alcatraz so a bit more money. It was worth it though!

  9. Janine Reply

    I love to visit zoos too (legit ones OF COURSE!). It’s so amazing to be able to see animals up close that I would likely never see in real life. I’m particularly fond of the big cats :).
    Sounds like you had a fun weekend in SF, and great weather too! Lucky!

    • Alisha Reply

      Ahhhh, so glad to “meet” another big cat fan! Tigers (and elephants) are my favorite animals! It was a fun weekend. I’m already thinking about my next trip out there.

  10. Lara belle Reply

    You got some great pictures. I love the peacock one.

    • Alisha Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

  11. Melina Reply

    Love the Bay Area! The Golden Gate Bridge is a must see and perfect for picture opportunities!

    • Alisha Reply

      Agreed! I was so lucky to get the photos I did with how busy it was!

  12. Verla Reply

    Great. Now I know what to do in The Bay area. Thank you!

    • Alisha Reply

      You’re welcome!

  13. Noelle Hartt Reply

    I love your zoo pictures! I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I’ve heard it’s a great vacation. Definitely on my travel bucket list. (And who could say no to visiting the city with the Ghirardelli chocolate factory 😉 )

    • Alisha Reply

      Thank you! San Francisco is a great city to visit. I will definitely be visiting their factory next time I’m there. 🙂

  14. jen Reply

    I have seen some great flight prices lately from MSP to San Francisco! I will have to check it out! Thanks for the info! Pinning for future reference 🙂

    • Alisha Reply

      Yes, I have seen those as well! I’ve been so tempted to buy them to visit my best friend again (even though I just saw her last month and she’s coming to MN this month, haha!) Hope you’re able to get out there soon!

  15. Maggie Reply

    Thank you for some great SFO tips! I can’t wait to go there someday!

    • Alisha Reply

      You’re welcome!

  16. Mollie Reply

    You had me at spa day! I would LOVE to visit San Francisco one day. This sounds lovely!

    • Alisha Reply

      Spa days are the best, whether at home or on vacation! I do one (pedi/mani, massage, and/or facial) every time I travel 🙂

  17. Allyson Reply

    Yes!! Great!! I can’t wait to check this out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Alisha Reply

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  18. Elizabeth Miller Sliwa Reply

    I’ve never even been to California. But that blue sky! That sun! Looks lovely and sounds fun!

    • Alisha Reply

      Oh, you must go when you can! Summertime is the best! I was lucky with having that beautiful blue sky in November. 🙂

  19. Jamie Nicholls Reply

    I haven’t been to San Francisco yet, but have visited Anaheim and my son will be stationed in San Diego for the Navy next year. We are hoping to make several trips to visit him, so may need to take an extended vacation and visit the Bay area as well!

    • Alisha Reply

      That would be a perfect opportunity to visit! It is a lovely area!

    • Nicolette Reply

      San Diego = You Won’t Want to Leave! 🙂

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