Student Life

Random Places of Interest Guide

Here you will find some options for exploring the culture and heritage of the Bay Area. Once again, this is by no means an exhaustive list but rather offers some of the major spots of interest.

Golden Gate Park - Located right on the coast and just a few blocks from the infamous bridge, this sprawling park is home to numerous fun activities. Whether you're in the mood for dinner by the beach, lounging in the sun, incredible free concerts, or dilapidated windmills, the park is a wonderful place to explore.

Mission Dolores - This is the mission established by Blessed Junipero Serra in the 18th c. It is the oldest building in San Francisco.


SS. Peter & Paul Church - A stunningly beautiful Church in North Beach, ran by the Salesians. It's certainly worth a visit, much more than either of the two absurd cathedrals in the Bay Area. After visiting SS. Peter & Paul, you should get some gelato from one of many nearby gelaterias, eat some Italian food, and visit Coit Tower.


Berkeley Marina - This is a very nice place for a picnic. You can walk around the park, walk down the pier, fish, watch pelicans, etc. If you're there in the afternoon, you should stop by Skate's on the Bay for their happy-hour, and enjoy reasonably priced beer and appetizers with a lovely view of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.  

Fisherman's Wharf - It's kinda touristy, but kinda fun too. This is the place your parents will most want to visit. While here you can look at seals, learn more about what sort of animals live in the bay at the Aquarium of the Bay, play with antique arcade games and automata at the Museé Mechanique (including the nightmare-inducing Laffing Sal), and learn all you could want to know about sourdough bread at the Boudin Bakery and museum.

Grace Cathedral - Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journeys. The cathedral itself, a renowned San Francisco landmark, serves as a magnet, where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn