The top people, places, things, and trends that make us happy to live here now
The 600 physics and optics and biology and you-name-it exhibits spin, spark, buzz, baffle, and delight. And that’s all before you get a load of the city and bay views from its piertop perch on the Embarcadero. Plus there’s the civilized Seaglass Restaurant, with a comet-inspired bar and tasty, local, sustainable food, like marinated sardines with avocado—yum.
3 big-wow moments:
Step onto artist Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge, a sculptural span that disappears into ethereal manmade mists.
Listen to the mashup of music and science at the Aeolian Harp, where bay breezes metamorphose into song.
Marvel at a projected sun’s sped-up daytime arc over San Francisco in the Sky Theater. $25, $19/ages 6–17; exploratorium.edu