Sure, this is one of the biggest tourist attractions to San Francisco, if not the entire United States. Not exactly an original find. But the two hours I spent in this park were two of the most delightful hours I'd spent in all of San Francisco. Parts of this park can be quite busy, but it's so massive (the park covers 1,017 acres) that you can easily get away from everything. In fact, you can find nooks in this park where you can sit for hours and not see a single other person.
Out in front of the St. Francis hotel in 1975, Sara Moore of the Manson family took aim and shot and President Gerald Ford. Someone standing near here at the time saw what was happened and pushed the would be assasinator when the gun was firing and they say that for that reason the bullet didn't hit him.
The hotel is still an upscale place, but worth stopping by if you're downtown and in the area for the unusual history.
I've never eaten at this restaurant, but have shown it to anyone I have made trips to chinatown with. I have heard that the food is okay, but what's really interesting about the place is that in 1977 it was the location of a gang-related massacre where three men entered with automatic weapons and mowed down the people dining there.
The Christian cult, led by Jim Jones, and later led to a mass suicide/murder in Guyana, had a temple at this location (now an empty lot).
While they were at location Jones orquestrated an event where he had everyone drink wine that he had brought, once he was sure that they were all drinking he told them that it was poisoned and that they would all be dead in an hour.
Three years later nearly 1000 died by poisoned Kool Aid (and automatic weapon fire) in Jonestown, Guayana.
Under the umbrella of the Circus Center there are professional aerial, acrobatic, and clown programs, classes for those who are interested in dabbling in circus arts, and drop-in flying trapeze classes. For those who are in town for a short time, and are looking for something to do that is off the beaten path, the Circus Center offers group flying trapeze classes for adults and children ages 10 and older. Seriously, no experience is necessary. A once in a lifetime experience!