South San Francisco is not typically a vacation destination. Most people who visit do so to attend meetings at one of the biotechnology companies located there. The city isn’t all work and no play, however. Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Airport has a newly renovated fitness center and Travelodge San Francisco Airport-North has a heated indoor swimming pool. Visitors to the city also have a number of outdoor activities to occupy their free time.

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Things to Do in South San Francisco

The “Visiting” section of the City of South San Francisco website has information about historic walking/driving tours, city parks, and outdoor activities. Highlights of some of these follow.

Historic Walking/Driving Tours

The city’s Historical Society identified 50 sites of historical interest. Divided into two tours, visitors either walk or drive to the buildings or other venues. One of the buildings on Tour #1 is the Metropolitan Hotel, constructed in 1912. Businesses occupied the ground floor of the building, with guest rooms upstairs. The east wall of the hotel features a mural painted in 1985 depicting historical events in the community.

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Centennial Way — A Linear Park

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a public rail and subway system serving cities in the San Francisco Bay area. The BART section running through South San Francisco is underground. Undeveloped land covers the top of the tube through which the subway cars travel. The city of South San Francisco designed and created a 3-mile long, 10-inch wide linear park on this land — a biking and hiking trail running through the center of the city. The Centennial Way plans included Centennial Dog Park, a canine recreation area, on the side of the trail.

Public Art Collection — Beautifying the City

A Public Arts Program established by South San Francisco’s Cultural Arts Commission purchases artwork by local artists to display in public places within the city. The pieces include American Dog, a 10-foot tall steel sculpture of a dog and his chew bone. This sculpture, created in 2009 by Dale Rogers, is in the Centennial Dog Park.

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Oyster Point Marina and Park — Welcome City Addition

Oyster Point Marina and Park is a popular addition to the city’s recreational facilities. This new area includes a 455-berth marina. Boating and fishing enthusiasts have a 300-foot fishing pier, a boat launching ramp, and a fuel dock. The 33-acre park has a jogging and hiking trail, picnic facilities, and a 2.5-acre sand beach.

Share Your South San Francisco Anecdotes

Have you visited South San Francisco? Were you on a business trip? Were you on vacation? What did you like best about the city? Did you visit the new Oyster Point Marina and Park?

Daisy Mariposa is a freelance travel writer who has worked with clients such as Hipmunk. She has occupational certificates in both travel management and international business, and has worked as a travel agent. Daisy has traveled to half the states in the U.S. and more than 33 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. She has certifications as both a specialty travel writer and travel copy writer from one organization, and Industry Elite status in travel from another.