12 San Francisco Secrets You Probably Don’t Know About
Think you know San Francisco? Think again.
1. Lincoln Park Golf Course used to be a cemetery and there are still bodies that remain on the premises.
2. There is a “Wood Line” installation piece, made of eucalyptus trunks and branches by artist Andy Goldsworthy, running near the Presidio’s oldest footpath Lover’s Lane.
3. Look up at the sky sometime: Peregrine Falcons live in the Financial District.
4. SF was once home to one of the world’s largest saltwater swimming pools, the Fleishhacker Pool that operated from 1925–1971, but after a fire in 2012 this is all that remains.
5. There’s a massive sundial from 1913 with a diameter of 28 feet in the Ingleside Terraces.
6. There are over 300,000 preserved reptiles and amphibians in the Herpetology Department of the California Academy of Sciences that can be seen by appointment-only.
7. There are 12 spooky faceless sculptures by artist Muriel Castanis that stand atop a Financial District skyscraper.
8. Old pieces of San Francisco’s earliest tombstones were used as building material at Buena Vista Park, Aquatic Park, and the Wave Organ.
9. In the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the Garden of Fragrance was designed in 1965 for the handicapped and visually impaired and appeals mainly to our senses of smell and touch.
10. There are Druid Circles in Golden Gate Park with stones that came from the ruins of a 12th century Spanish Monastery.
11. Originally built in 1870 to become a brewery, there is a castle in Hunter’s Point with underground caves — the historical landmark known as Albion Castle.
12. And finally, the perfect place to break-up: the end of Friendship Court, where all good things go to die.
What are some of your favorite San Francisco secrets? Let us know in the comments.