Secret attractions of San Francisco

The wave organ
The wave organ

Across the world, San Francisco is well known for its beauty and weirdness too. It is therefore not by surprise that it has many attractions in unlikely locations. These sights may only be known to the locals. That is no longer going to be the case from now on after reading this article.


The wave organ

This is located at the jetty tip in the city marina. It is a musical instrument that was played by the city by itself. The instrument was constructed in 1986 comprising 25 organ pipes made from PVC. These pipes are of different lengths and plunge beneath the jetty into the water. The wave organ makes different sounds like the tide changes. The organ burbles like a baby as the tide comes in. It however rudely belches as the tide moves out.


Seward street slides

Seward street slides are hidden above the Castro. These are twin cement chutes hurtling downhill. They look like something kids would really want and were actually designed by a 14-year-old. The slides are the best rode while sitting on a cardboard piece. Some are found at the foot of the slides. To ride on the slides, you need to plunk down on the cardboard and push off.



In the early 1900s, the property in Richmond district hit a premium due to the growth of the city. The western graveyards, caskets, and headstones were moved to the south to the Colma suburb. Many residents felt cremation was a better option and thus chose the San Francisco Columbarium as the suitable final destination of their ashes. Today, the San Francisco Columbarium has become a popular landmark. It is a great memorial to several local influencers such as Chet Helms (music promoter) and Harvey Milk (America’s first openly gay man to be elected as an official).


Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire

TransAmerica Pyramid is no longer the top tower in San Francisco after the closing of the observation deck. Nowadays, the favorite is the huge Spire that was built by Andy Goldsworthy from Monterey cypress. It rose 90 feet above the Presidio hiking trail that was largely secluded. The Spire looks like both a missile and a church. Strangely, that look is fitting for its location. The Presidio was founded to protect the missionaries that were defining their declaration in California. It also served as a base for the US army until 1994 when it retired from service becoming a park. The spire can be clearly seen all the way downtown on a clear day.

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Head on over to Muir Woods Park in San Francisco County for a day of nature, after you visited the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Muir Woods Park is a massive park with lots of nature and history. Go for the day for some fresh air and a great family outing. Also check out our article on some fashion boutiques to visit, like Dandelion Chocolate in Mission Dolores San Francisco.