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#13: AT&T Park

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about AT&T Park.


AT&T Park is situated right on the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay and houses the three-time World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. The park was built on filled-in land in 1997 and opened in 2000, replacing Candlestick Park as the stadium that housed the Giants.


Features of the park include McCovey Cove, the mouth of Mission Creek where it enters the Bay. The Cove is named after famous Giants first baseman, Willie McCovey. Every day, dozens of kayakers park their boats in the center of the Cove and wait for a splash hit home run. Behind AT&T Park's narrow right field lies the San Francisco Bay Trail, a trail currently under construction, with 340 miles built so far. When completed, the Bay Trail will be 500 miles long and link all 9 Counties in the Bay Area. 


The Coca-Cola Fan Lot, a giant Coca-Cola bottle behind left field, contains viewing platforms of the whole park and 4 slides, two 56 feet long and two 20 feet long. Food and drink at AT&T Park is plentiful; the park is famous for its garlic fries!


You can reach AT&T Park from just about anywhere in the Bay Area by riding transit. If you are riding BART, exit at one of the four Market Street Stations: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, or Civic Center. From there, transfer to MUNI Metro Line T-Third Street or the N-Judah (We recommend the T-Third Street, as the N-Judah is the busiest Line in the MUNI Metro System.) Both stop at 2nd and King, where AT&T Park is located.


If you are riding MUNI, you have several options. As stated before, both the T-Third Street and the N-Judah serve AT&T Park (keep in mind the T turns into the K-Ingleside at West Portal). However, there are a few buses you could take as well. Buses 10-Townsend, 30-Stockton, 45-Union/Stockton, and 47-Van Ness all stop near the park.


The 10-Townsend stops at 2nd & Townsend, which is a block away from the park. The 30-Stockton and the 45-Union/Stockton both stop at 3rd & Brannan, approximately 2 blocks from the park. The 47-Van Ness stops at 4th and Townsend, approximately 3 blocks from the park.


From the South Bay, take CalTrain to 4th & King Station, which is one block from the ballpark. You can also ride BART from the Peninsula and transfer to MUNI at the four Market Street Stations.


The Alameda/Oakland Ferry provides direct service to AT&T Park during most games, otherwise it travels to the Ferry Building instead. AC Transit also provides service to the Temporary Transbay Terminal. We recommend transferring to the 10-Townsend, which stops right next to the Terminal. 


From the North Bay, on weekdays, Golden Gate Transit's Larkspur Ferry provides direct service to AT&T Park. On weekends, ride the Vallejo Ferry, which also provides direct service. Return service is also provided on select weeknight games. On weekdays games, take the Vallejo Ferry to the Ferry Building and transfer to MUNI on Market Street. 


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#12: Broadway Plaza

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Broadway Plaza.

 

Broadway Plaza is located in bustling Downtown Walnut Creek, near Kaiser Permanente and excellent restaurants. You can get all the latest fashions and have a whole shopping day here. Broadway Plaza features department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nortsdroum and Macy's.


Broadway Plaza is exceptionally easy to reach by transit - you can take BART to Walnut Creek Station and board County Connection Bus Line 4: The Downtown Trolley, for service to Broadway Plaza. The 4 is free, courtesy of the City of Walnut Creek. Line 4 runs every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. You can also exit at any stop and explore the wonderful Downtown Walnut Creek. To plan your trip on any transit agency, please visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.

 

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#11: Fisherman's Wharf

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Fisherman's Wharf.


Fisherman's Wharf is located next to the Embarcadero and Jefferson Street. Sitting next to the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay, Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular destinations in San Francisco, with millions of visitors a year. Fisherman's Wharf features a wide range of famous attractions, dozens of restaurants, nearby hotels, unique shops, breathtaking scenery of the Bay, and fun for the whole family.

 

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the few attractions in the City that you can access by riding both San Francisco's street cars, and the world-famous cable cars. To reach Fisherman's Wharf, board the F-Market Streetcar at the San Francisco Ferry Building and enjoy the ride along the Embarcadero waterfront. The F-Market Travels between Castro and Fisherman's Wharf via Market Street.

 

You can also ride the Powell-Mason Cable Car or the Powell-Hyde Cable Car to reach the Fisherman's Wharf.

 

If you are riding BART, exit at Embarcadero Stations and walk 1 block to the Ferry Building to catch the F-Market. If you are using the cable car, exit at Powell Station and proceed to Powell Street, where cable cars terminate.

 

If you are riding CalTrain, exit at 4th and King Street Station and board MUNI Metro Line N-Judah, which will take you to Embarcadero Station. Exit and proceed to the Ferry Building to ride the F-Market.

 

The Golden Gate Ferry terminates at the Ferry Building, providing quick access to the F-Market. To plan your trip on any transit agency, please visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.


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#10: Waterworld

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

With summer fast approaching in drought conditions, this week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Waterworld.

 

Waterworld is nestled in Concord, near Downtown and the Willows: Shopping Center. This mid-sized water park features 25 water slides (9 of which are major) and 7 pool complexes, including a wave pool and a lazy river. You can spend the whole day there and just take a break from all the stress of work or school. It's a family fun experience and a great way to cool off in the summer from the sweltering heat.

 

The only way to reach the vicinity of Waterworld via transit is to ride the County Connection. On weekdays, ride Bus Line 20 to Willow Pass Road and Waterworld Parkway. On weekends, ride the 320, which also stops near the vicinity of the water park. If you are taking BART, exit at Concord Station, where both buses terminate. Due to changing routes and new summer services, please check www.cccta.org first to plan your trip.


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#9: Golden Gate Bridge

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we'll be featuring the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.


The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the greatest landmarks, not just in San Francisco, but in the entire world. On bright, sunny days, the Golden Gate is visible for miles in all directions. When it was completed in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching 4,200 feet from Marin County to San Francisco. Today, the Golden Gate Bridge is visited by millions from around the world every year.


The Golden Gate Bridge has two walkways on each side of the bridge, the main one being the western walkway. The walkways are open to both pedestrians and bicyclists every day on specific hours. The entire bridge is walkable from one end to the other. 


There are many ways to reach the Golden Gate Bridge by transit. Many buses in fact, such as Golden Gate Transit, operate on the bridge to reach Marin County and the rest of the North Bay. Other buses on the bridge offer tours, stopping at lookouts on the hills of Marin County, and then returning to San Francisco. 


If you are riding MUNI, get on the 30-Stockton and exit at Chestnut Street and Laguna Street. Transfer to the 28-19th Avenue Bus and exit at Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion. Direct service is available to the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays by taking MUNI Line 76X.


Many Golden Gate Transit Lines travel across the bridge to reach either San Francisco or Marin County. For all Golden Gate Transit Bus Lines at the bridge, visit www.goldengatetransit.com.


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#8: Coit Tower

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring the Coit Tower.

 

The Coit Tower is high up on top of Telegraph Hill. Once you reach the top, you recieve a beautiful view of San Francisco and the bay. The Coit Tower was completed in 1933 and is visible in the San Francisco skyline. 

 

The Coit Tower is reachable from transit by taking MUNI route 39, which operates every 20-30 mins every day until the early evening. MUNI route 39 goes from Pier 39 to the Coit Tower. To plan your trip, use the 511 Trip Planner.

 

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#7: Palace of Fine Arts

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring the Palace of Fine Arts.


The Palace of Fine Arts is one of the prettiest buildings in all of San Francisco, featuring sculptures, domes, lakes and magnificent Roman arches. The Palace of Fine Arts was home to the Exploratorium until 2013. Now, the Palace has become known for its wonderful concerts and movies. In addition, people can walk around the lake, enjoy a picnic, and snap pictures. The Palace of Fine Arts is located on 3301 Lyon Street. 


Even though the Palace of Fine Arts is far away from Downtown San Francisco, there are still plenty of ways to reach the Palace via transit. If you are taking BART, exit at Montgomery Station and walk half a block up Market to Third Street, and transfer to MUNI Bus Line 30 Stockton for Fisherman's Wharf, 4th and King CalTrain Station and the Palace of Fine Arts.


A number of other MUNI Bus Lines stop near the Palace of Fine Arts. They are:

 

  • 30
  • 43
  • 28
  • 29
  • 41
  • 22
  • 45

All these MUNI Bus Lines stop in the vicinity of the Palace of Fine Arts. For more detailed information about each line, visit the SFMTA Trip Planner

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#6: San Francisco Zoo

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the San Francisco Zoo.

 

The San Francisco Zoo is located on Sloat Blvd at Great Highway, in San Francisco, CA. The zoo offers some of the best and most fascinating animals in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Zoo features lions, red pandas, and many other animals, along with gardens throughout the zoo. For food and drink, the zoo features the Leaping Lemur Cafe to eat at.

 

There are many ways to reach the San Francisco Zoo by transit. If you are riding MUNI, the MUNI bus lines 18 and 23 stop in front of the zoo, while the MUNI Metro line L stops near the zoo. You get a $1 ticket on admission if you show your MUNI transfer, receipt , or monthly pass. 

 

If you are planning to take CalTrain to SF, exit at Fourth and King Streets and transfer to MUNI Metro Lines T or N, which will take you to any Market Street Station. Proceed to Line L for service to the zoo.


If your taking BART to SF, exit at Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, or Civic Center and transfer to Line L.


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#5: Exploratorium

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the Exploratorium. 


The Exploratorium is located on the Embarcadero at Green Street, in San Francisco, CA. Formally located at the Palace of Fine Arts, the museum is now housed on Pier 15 and Pier 17. The museum offers some of the best and most fascinating exhibits and displays in the Bay Area. The Exploratorium features tools, exhibits, objects, galleries and much, much more. The museum also offers food and drink at the Seismic Joint and the Seaglass Restaurant, both of which are inspired by the exhibit Color of Water.


There are many ways to reach the Exploratorium by transit. If you are riding MUNI, the F-Market Streetcar Line stops right in front of the museum at Embarcadero and Green Street. If you are riding the bus, MUNI Lines 2, 6, 14, 21, and 31 all stop within walking distance to the Exploratorium. MUNI Metro Lines J, K, L, M, T, and N also stop near the museum. 


Embarcadero Station, which serves both BART and MUNI, is a 15-minute walk from the Exploratorium, as well as ferry terminals at the Ferry Building.


Most AC Transit lettered lines (lettered lines are lines that enter San Francisco) terminate at the Temporary Transbay Terminal, which is a 20-minute walk away. 


The San Francisco Bay Ferry terminates at the Ferry Building. The Ferry provides access to Vallejo, Alameda Main Street, Harbor Bay, and Jack London Square in Oakland. The Ferry also departs South San Francisco/Oyster Point ferry terminal and arrives at the Ferry Building later on. 


Golden Gate Transit Bus Lines 10, 70, 80, 101, and 101x provide access to  the Ferry Building. The Golden Gate Ferry goes between Larkspur and Sausalito, eventually arriving at the Ferry Building as well. The Blue and Gold Fleet operates between Tiburon and Sausalito, before also arriving at the Ferry Building. 


If you are planning to take CalTrain to SF, exit at Fourth and King Streets and transfer to MUNI Metro Lines T or N, which will take you to Embarcadero Station. SamTrans Route 292 terminates at the Temporary Transbay Terminal. 


The Exploratorium has so many options to get there, practically any public transit agency that operates in San Francisco will take you next or near the museum. 


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#4: California Academy of Sciences

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit-Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the California Academy of Sciences.

 

The California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It features an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rainforest, 40,000 live animals, and more, all under one living roof. It opens at 9:30 AM on Monday-Saturday and 11:00 AM on Sunday. They close at 5:00 PM every day. Admission (As of 04/22/15) for adults is $34.95. Save $3 on admission when you walk, bike, or take public transportation.

 

The Academy Café inside of the academy is a great lunch option. It includes some tasty Asian dishes from Charles Phan (The Slanted Door). The Café is open to ticket-holders only.


To get to the California Academy of Sciences from public transit, MUNI line 44-O'Shaughnessy stops right in front of the Academy (Northbound), and at the Music Concourse on Tea Garden Drive (Southbound). MUNI line N-Judah, which is wheelchair-accessible at some stops, stops at 9th Avenue & Irving Street (Not Wheelchair-Accessible). For people in wheelchairs, get off at Judah & 9th Ave. To reach the Academy, travel north on 9th Avenue into Golden Gate Park. Ninth Avenue becomes Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Keep going until you reach Music Concourse Drive, then turn right and continue to the Academy's entrance. This half-mile walk takes approximately 10 minutes. If you prefer not to walk, you may also transfer to the 44-O’Shaughnessy bus at 9th & Irving or Judah & 9th Ave and ride to the Academy stop on Music Concourse Drive​.

 

MUNI line 5-Fulton stops at 8th Avenue & Fulton Street, outside the park. From 8th Avenue, walk into the park and turn right on John F. Kennedy Drive. Then turn left onto Music Concourse Drive.

 

From BART, exit at Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, or Civic Center and transfer to the N-Judah one level above BART. From CalTrain, take the N-Judah outside the Caltrain Depot in San Francisco.

 

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