After escaping Alcatraz, we returned to San Francisco and made our way to Fisherman's Wharf for lunch at Tarentino's Restaurant. The Aquarium of the Bay was our next stop; it features animals and plant life from the San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately we were completely spoiled by the awesomeness of Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto earlier this year, so most other aquariums pale in comparison. However, we were particularly intrigued by the Giant Pacific Octopus, and were entertained by the sleepy possum at the Aquarium of the Bay.
We then wandered in the sunshine along the waterfront all the way to the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is kind of like a science centre, but way better; it's full of "participatory exhibits", aka toys, that you can play around with to help you learn about science and the world around you. There were so many exhibits there that even our 2 hour visit wasn't nearly long enough to see them all. We were especially impressed by complex scientific principles that were demonstrated, as well as the live life science exhibits that usually don't make it into science centres. Despite the creepy crawlies, the creepiest thing was a toy with mirrors reflecting light in such a way that you could combine strips of your face with a friend's face.
After a long day of exploring, we walked up and down lots of hills until we arrived in Chinatown for supper. We stopped at one of the first restaurants we came across. Judging by the number of specials written on the wall only in Chinese, the restaurant was legit. We finished up the night with a drink at Vesuvio Cafe, and walked back to our sketchy neighbourhood.
In case you missed them, here are links to our first couple of blog posts about this trip:
A Week in San Francisco (Part I)
Napa Valley Monday
And here are the rest of the posts from our trip:
A Week in San Francisco (Part III)
Muir Woods Friday
A Week in San Francisco (Part IV)
Here are some pictures from our Tuesday of exploring in San Francisco: