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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Steeped in captivating history and exciting start-up culture. The Golden City is the USA's second-most densely-populated city, with a population of residents belonging to a diverse mosaic of cultures.

We've listed some of the city's most recongizable landmarks in our San Francisco scavenger hunt list. Feel free to use our list for inspiration if you're organizing a group scavenger hunt event, a photo scavenger hunt, or an urban adventure race.

If you're using GooseChase to run your event, you can even add this list to your game as GPS-enabled scavenger hunt missions! Still planning your scavenger hunts on paper? Take a look at our How It Works page to see how easy it is to get started on GooseChase!

San Francisco GooseChase Mission Ideas

  • AT&T Park - AT&T Park stands along the San Francisco Bay and serves as the home stadium of the Giants, the city's Major League Baseball team.

  • California Academy of Sciences - Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences has prevailed through numerous earthquakes and contributed to a forward-thinking direction in natural science advancements. The current building was completely rebuilt and made it's debut in 2008.

  • Chinatown Dragon Gate - Grant Avenue - Dragon Gate is the southern entrance to the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia.

  • Crissy Field Center - Crissy Field provides a convenient viewpoint of the San Francisco Bay area, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Crissy Field Center serves as an environmental education center that provides programs for youth.

  • Davies Symphony Hall - Davies Symphony Hall is the permanent home of the world famous San Francisco Symphony.

  • Ghirardelli Square - Originally the headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Ghirardelli square now consists of shops and a 5-star hotel in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Painted Ladies - Sometimes known as "Postcard Row", this row of Victorian Houses are at 710-720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park. The houses make frequent appearances in movies and television shows.

  • Pier 39 - A shopping center built right on top of a pier, Pier 39 is also famous for the California sea lions that lay out on the docks.

  • San Francisco Zoo - The birthplace of Koko the Gorilla, San Francisco Zoo houses over 1000 animals representing 250 species.

  • Alcatraz Island - Reachable by ferry ride from Pier 33, Alcatraz Island is most famous for the abandoned high-security federal prison that was once knows as the toughest in America. It now exists as a public museum.

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Be sure to also check out our other city-based scavenger hunt lists and theme-based scavenger hunt ideas!