San Francisco, California, United States Trip: 2017-12   Update: 2018-03-01   By: yanz

Title: De Young Museum and Union Square Visit in San Francisco

Preparation: De Young Museum in San Francisco Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118 Hours: Tue - Sun 9:30am - 5:15pm Ticket: Adults: $15 Youth and Children (under $17): free Students ( with ID): $6 Seniors( 65+): $10 Special exhibition ticket price will be different, more expensive. Parking: De young museum locates inside of the Golden Gate Park. You cannot find a parking lot around the museum but you might be able to find some free street parking within a mile. We did find a parking space in Martin Luther King Jr drive and walked less than a mile to the museum. Suggest schedule 3 to 4 hours for this visit. Union Square Address: 333 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 Ice skating in Union Square from November 1 2017, until January 15, 2018. (Days may be different for each year. please check their website). It has an outdoor small ice skating court in Union Square, very close to Macy's store. During the winter break, it's not easy to get a ticket for an busy hour session in their ticket booth at the time you'd like to get in. So it's better to buy tickets online in advance. Ticket: General Admission Including Skate Rental – $18 Children (Eight and Under) – $13 Locker Rental $3 Ice skating sessions in Union Square begin every even hour and last for 90 minutes: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 02:00 – 3:30 p.m. 04:00 – 5:30 p.m. 06:00 – 7:30 p.m. 08:00 – 9:30 p.m. 10:00 – 11:30 p.m. close at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017. When you plan to go for ice skating, please check their website for the price and hours. it may vary from this year. Parking: It took us a while to find a parking garage within about half mile of Union Square. We parked in Mason O'Farrel Garage public parking: $8/hr, day Maximum $35 We've also seen another public parking that is very close to Mason O'Farrel parking, just about 10 or 15 meters away. Remember to be careful about the one way street driving direction when you get out of the garage.

General opinion: Worth to visit

Attractions and activities: De Young Museum 1. In the 9th floor, there is an observatory where you can see the gorgeous view of the whole San Francisco bay area and the city. It would be great to see it in a clear sunny day, before the sunset. It is a must-see. Do not miss the spectacular view. 2. The legion Hall: many different topics galleries there.

Things I wish I had known before: Finding parking space is not easy in SF. So make sure to know where you might be able to park your car and also be aware of the one way street direction when you get out of the garage. We made a mistake in driving direction when we get out of the Mason O'Farrel Garage.


  • Be careful for the driving  direction when you get out of this garage.
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