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San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

1. San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

Lose yourself in hundreds of interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at After Dark at the Exploratorium. Enjoy everything from a fog bridge to a large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors, and more. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in the evening's adults-only programming, featuring unique guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films, and one-of-a-kind activities.

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Alcatraz and Ferry Building Food Tour

2. Alcatraz and Ferry Building Food Tour

Enjoy a 90-minute tasting tour of the best of the Ferry Building Marketplace, where a knowledgeable guide/food industry professional will lead you on a historic, food-filled journey of the building's local, artisan cuisine and food purveyors. After a brief break, you'll then voyage by ferry to one of the city’s most popular attractions, Alcatraz Island, for a self-guided tour of the beautiful island and its history-packed maximum-security prison that has drawn San Francisco Bay Area tourists for decades. Beginning your tour at the Ferry Building Marketplace, you'll sample award-winning tastes from the Bay Area’s best food artisans, learning how this historic transportation building became the ultimate destination for food lovers: locals and visitors alike. Expect artisan cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, fresh loaves from Acme Bread, chocolate confections from Recchuiti, and French macarons from Miette (subject to change). Come hungry! Once you’ve satisfied your culinary cravings, you'll be directed to Pier 33 (a short walk from the Ferry Building) to Alcatraz Landing to pick up your tickets for the Alcatraz Cruise afternoon departure to The Rock. Most guests spend approximately 2.5 hours exploring the island, but you are welcome to return when you choose. A self-guided headset tour (with Al Capone talking in your ear) is also included in the ticket price.

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San Francisco: Farmers' Market & Ferry Building Food Tour

3. San Francisco: Farmers' Market & Ferry Building Food Tour

Dating back to 1898, San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building is a transportation hub and a landmark location for the Bay Area’s best food artisans. It boasts three weekly farmers’ markets and dozens of nationally-acclaimed vendors, restaurants, and chefs. Join the original Ferry Building Tour established in 2004 with a food industry professional as your knowledgable and engaged guide. Guests will sample handmade chocolate confections from Recchiuti and French macarons from Miette, named one of the top ten pastry shops in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. Out the Door’s legendary Vietnamese spring rolls are a crowd favorite. Award-winning Mt. Tam cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, paired with sweet and sour loaves from Berkeley’s Acme Bread are always a hit. Additional stops may include Humphry Slocombe, Epicurean Traders, local producer, Red Bay Coffee, as well as visits and conversations with several local farmers and producers at a farmer's market. This tour also includes the history of the stunning waterfront building, and it's a great choice for guests with limited mobility or those who don't want to do a lot of walking. With pre-arrangement, accommodations can be made for special dietary needs.

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San Francisco: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Bay

4. San Francisco: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Bay

Choose between a buffet lunch or dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay. Be mesmerized as the city lights glide past and experience unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge and many other San Francisco landmarks. Enjoy music and dancing on the evening dinner cruise. Hop on board and prepare to enjoy a small-plate buffet from three food stations, including Latin foods, carved roast beef, a mashed potato bar, local vegetables, Italian pasta, fresh breads, and desserts. Sample Lunch Menu: Salads (All salads include fresh bread and butter)• Field green salad – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, ranch dressing, balsamic dressing• Kale quinoa salad - quinoa, roasted red pepper, spinach, lemon oregano vinaigrette Main Course• Honey sesame chicken - scallions, Fresno chilies• Oven-roasted flounder - spicy tomatoes, white bean ragu• Baked ziti pasta - aged Reggiano parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach cream sauce• Root vegetable fricassee - Idaho potatoes, broccoli, grape tomatoes, gremolata, cauliflower coconut cream sauce (some items are available upon request) Complements• Roasted broccoli - toasted garlic, chili flakes• Mashed potatoes - Idaho potatoes, roasted garlic Dessert• Hornblower signature dessert station - cakes, brownies, seasonal Fruit (some items contain nuts) Sample Dinner Menu: Comfort Food• Baked potato bar - bacon, green onion, cheese, sour cream• Mac & cheese bar - bacon, green onion, cheese, sour cream• BBQ pulled pork sliders - rolls, assorted mustards• Spicy red cabbage slaw• Three bean chili• Classic Caesar salad International Favorites• Fried plantains - sour cream• Asian spiced greens - bay shrimp, sesame dressing• Vegetarian potstickers - vinegar soy dipping sauce• Chicken cacciatore - tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, white wine• Seafood Newburg - mushrooms, white fish, calamari, bay shrimp• White rice• Mediterranean vegetable sauté Desserts• Assorted sweet treats• Fresh fruit

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What people are saying about Embarcadero

Sweet and savory samplings from six different food vendors in the Ferry Building. Our guide Carol was very knowledgeable and provided interesting back stories on the restaurants and chefs. Would definitely recommend as a tour, and smart to eat before traveling to Alcatraz.

Great music and view!

The reason I give you 4 starts and not 5 is because they have kids in the cruise. The kids were running all around and dancing in the dance floor. They should tell you that is all age event.

It was great

Our server Paul was professional and very welcoming, great experience

It was amazing experience!

Food was great, seating was perfect and Tim the server was awesome.