Transit Accessible Attractions

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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. 

Stay tuned next week to find out which attraction we'll feature next!

#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.


Stay tuned next week to see which attraction we'll feature next!