Civic Center is a walkable, economical neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. You can experience some local theater, or enjoy the natural beauty of the parks. Civic Center has hotels and hostels to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around San Francisco.
Sightseeing around Civic Center
The museums and theaters provide some cultural flavor, while the monuments and historic sites offer insight into local lore. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, and Haas-Lilienthal House feature a variety of exhibits. You can check out the local talent at Audium, War Memorial Opera House, and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Monuments like Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Konko Church of San Francisco, and Saint John Coltrane Church honor the area. Some landmarks that can't be missed include Civic Center Plaza, Pioneer's Monument, and United Nations Plaza. San Francisco Zen Center, Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, and Ride the Ducks San Francisco will provide enjoyment for the whole family.
You can get some shopping done while you're here, or take part in any number of other activities. Lafayette Park, Allyne Park, and Yerba Buena Gardens are some scenic spots that are popular with the locals. Surround yourself with nature at Mt. Davidson Park, Ring Mountain, and University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. For retail therapy, consider Westfield San Francisco Center Shopping Mall, Westfield Metreon, and Crocker Galleria, and seek out the perfect souvenir. If you're looking for something else to do, head to Ghirardelli Square, Embarcadero Center, and The Cannery at Del Monte Square.
Some of the most popular attractions in the area include Union Square, Lombard Street, and University of San Francisco. You can also stop by Fillmore Auditorium, Louise Davies Symphony Hall, and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Getting around Civic Center
San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) is the closest major airport, 11.8 miles (19 km) from Civic Center. You can also fly in and out of Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is located 12.6 miles (20.2 km) away.