There are few places in the country as romantic as San Francisco. Sweeping ocean vistas, verdant wine country, and charming historic city streets.
If you’re looking for a few specific ideas to make your perfect romantic getaway – whether it’s for Valentine’s Day 2019 or for another special occasion – check out a few of our favorite romantic things to do in San Francisco.
Regular admission to a number of these activities are included on the Go San Francisco® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 60% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Francisco® Card.
Visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
This prestigious institution is practically unmatched when it comes to their outstanding collections of modern and contemporary art.
The SFMOMA is, in fact, the largest museum of its kind in the country, offering three times as much gallery space in this new incarnation.
Some highlights of their collection include works by Alexander Calder, Paul Klee, Robert Rauschenberg, and many more.
You’re also likely to encounter dozens of new and up-and-coming artists, particularly from the Bay Area, so keep an eye out for exciting work!
This February, there are also several special exhibits to look out for, including: “Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice” (through March 10, 2019); “Art and China After 1989” (through February 24, 2019); and the inspiring and local “The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism” (through April 28, 2019).
Getting In: Admission to the SFMOMA is included with the Go San Francisco® Card.
Indulge in a Wine Country Tour
A tour of Northern California Wine Country is a unique spin on the “bottle of nice wine with dinner” component to Valentine’s Day.
Instead of ordering on your waiter’s recommendation, why not take a tour of Napa and Sonoma Valley and became a wine aficionado yourself?
Sonoma and Napa are the premium wine grape growing areas of North America, and there are dozens of high profile and independent wineries to visit – not to mention the lush scenery perfect for that ideal photo of you and your love.
The tours are informative, fun, and a great way to get in the mood for love as you learn all about the most romantic beverage in the world.
Getting In: Weekday Napa + Sonoma Wine Country Tour tickets are included with the Build Your Own Pass.
Visit the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is renowned for its innovative exhibits, activities, and special events – and Valentine’s Day is no exception.
Each year, Academy biologists distribute hand-made valentines (crafted by visitors like you!) to each of the members of the African Penguin colony.
Although the penguins ultimately use the valentines as nesting material, the gift itself promotes bonding between penguin couples: an important emotional bond for a species that is known to mate for life.
If you’d like to see the valentines distributed, visit on February 13 or 14.
Getting In: Admission to the California Academy of Sciences is included with the Go San Francisco® Card.
Explore the Art World More
San Francisco has always been at the forefront of the artistic world, and the various art museums around the city are a perfect way to explore your artsy side.
From animation to textiles and beyond, there’s something for everyone.
If you love classical sculpture and traditional painting, the de Young Museum is a perfect fine arts destination. The de Young is also a fantastic architectural marvel in itself, so a visit here is a great chance to explore the building, too.
Culture lovers will be fascinated by the unique offerings of the Asian Art Museum. They boast more 17,000+ works of art that cover a span of nearly 6,000 years of Asian history — quite a collection! There is everything from sculpture and architecture to textiles and jewelry, so you’re sure to see something that inspires you.
Hop Aboard a Cruise
This Valentine’s Day, venture out in the world with a beautiful Golden Gate Bay Cruise.
This one-hour tour sails directly under the Golden Gate Bridge, providing spectacular views of its unique architectural span.
Then, you’ll pass back into the Bay past Angel Island State Park and Sausalito, continuing on to Fisherman’s Wharf and past the SS Jeremiah O’Brien and USS Pampanito. Perfect for photo opportunities of you and your loved one as a way to commemorate your special day.
Of course, if you really want to up the romance game, there are specific Valentine’s Day cruises available with various amenities and special extras through several different tour companies, and they all offer beautiful scenery.
Getting In: Golden Gate Bay Cruise tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.
Soak up the Beauties of Nature
As you might expect in a city that calls the lovely Golden Gate Park home, there are plenty of natural beauties in San Francisco to please the nature-loving couples.
At the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, you’ll be dazzled by the hundreds of plant specimens that call this specular “living museum” home.
From rare and beautiful tropical plants, to aquatic plants and special exhibits of regional flora, the Conservatory’s collection is breathtaking.
Another great natural option for exploring the creative varieties of nature in chilly February is the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens.
Spanning 34 acres and featuring more than an astonishing 12,000 different kinds of plants, this charming venue has much to offer for the floral fans.
Getting In: Admission to the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens is included with the Go San Francisco® Card. Admission to the Conservatory of Flowers is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco® Card.
Embark on a Playful Tour
Looking for something fun and playful this Valentine’s Day? And an idea that still lets you see a bit of the city?
Then try a Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour — voted the #1 Tour in San Francisco on TripAdvisor.
This two and a half hour tour will escort you throughout the city’s most popular neighborhoods and past sights all the big landmarks like Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Little Italy in North Beach, and more. All on the delightfully charming Segway!
Because this an adults-only tour, it’s also a nice way to see the city without the kids (or even better, without other people’s kids).
Getting In: Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour tickets are available with the Build Your Own Pass.
Enjoy a Romantic Dinner
Who doesn’t love a delicious dinner? It’s even better when it’s spent in the company of your loved one, perhaps with some nice champagne and sumptuous chocolate dessert.
Fortunately for you, San Fran has a fabulous dining scene, drawing from global cultures and locally sourced ingredients.
You’ll find excellent meals ranging from elegant and high end to laid back but still delicious all over the city, but some of our favorite areas to look for great restaurants include SoMA, the Mission District, and the Richmond.
Take in a Show
San Francisco has a fantastic theatre scene, from the grand and glamorous San Francisco Ballet to the funky indie theaters that populate areas like Haight-Ashbury and the Mission District.
This year, you’ll be able to enjoy performances like inimitable and now-iconic Hamilton (at the Orpheum), many different performances of the San Francisco Symphony, and San Francisco Ballet’s Don Quixote (at the War Memorial Opera House).
Remember to purchase tickets in advance, as going to a play or other performance is a popular Valentine’s Day tradition, whether you’re going on February 14 or the weekends before and after.
Getting In: Theater tickets are not included with the Go San Francisco® Card; for tickets and pricing, please visit your chosen theater website.
Save on Admission
We hope you’ve been inspired to try one – or a few! – of our favorite romantic things to do in San Francisco.
Whether you love wine country or the city itself, high romance or quirky fun, there’s something to please every couple.
Remember, some of these great options are included on the Go San Francisco® Card, where you can save up to 60% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the special events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Francisco® Card.