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April 8, 2015

San Francisco: Marina Green Park + Wave Organ; things to do

San Francisco 

Marina Green Park   Along Marina Green Dr., Marina District, (415) 831-2700.  Dogs ok.  Free. 

When you take a nice walk beside the bay here, your view includes the yacht harbor, Alcatraz, and peeks of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The huge expanse of grass that is the green is perfect for a picnic, flying a kite, and throwing a Frisbee.

Marina Green in San Francisco

Wave Organ  1 Yacht Rd./off Marina Blvd., Marina District, (415) 561-0360.  Free. 

Located at the eastern tip of the breakwater forming the Marina Yacht Harbor, this unusual musical instrument is reached by a road that runs behind the Golden Gate Yacht Club.  And though it is directly across from the Marina Green, a water channel requires that you park near the club and then walk back along the breakwater path.  Designed by Exploratorium artist Peter Richards in collaboration with stonemason George Gonzales, this tiny park consists of more than twenty pipes extended down through the breakwater into the bay and provides a constant symphony of natural music.  You can relax in a small granite-and-marble amphitheater and listen while viewing the San Francisco skyline.  The organ plays most effectively at high tide.  (On my most recent visit I heard nothing.)  It’s the perfect spot for a picnic or a frolic in the shallow waters of an inviting sandy beach with a straight-on view of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Wave Organ park in San Francisco

Wave Organ beach in San Francisco

More things to do in San Francisco

Way more things to do in San Francisco. 

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images ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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