The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is California's answer to Coney Island. My favorite thing to do here is play Skee Ball at the arcades. Skee Ball is a little bit like bowling. You throw the small balls into holes in a circle,and,depending on where your ball lands,you earn tickets to redeem for prizes:The more tickets you earn,the more prizes you can redeem. Neptune's Kingdom,which features miniature golf,is lots of fun too,as are the arcades-but Skee Ball is probably the most fun game at the Boardwalk. Don't forget the food and the rides-just avoid the clam chowder.
Ikea is the Bay Area's second best shop-til-you-drop store next to Target. Although Target has much more as a store in general,this Ikea has more floors than any Target,so there's plenty of stuff to do all day. They carry all the latest Modern Swedish Design assemble-it-yourself furniture,along with other home products and toys. Products come from countries such as Sweden,Finland,Germany,Holland,China,Thailand,Taiwan,and Malaysia.
The Korean Art Gallery is my favorite section of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Korean art is just so beautiful. Don't forget to also check out the Chinese,Vietnamese,Thai,Cambodian,Indonesian and Malaysian art sections too.
If you love baseball and the San Francisco Giants,come to AT&T Park. This is also the perfect place to escape Native Norwegians. Norwegians know nothing about baseball and the San Francisco Giants! If you've got some annoying Native Norwegian friend(s) visiting,come to AT&T Park to feel like the all around American you are and salute the National Anthem showing those Native Norwegians that you're proud to be an American and will not tolerate them because they don't like any baseball team-not just the San Francisco Giants!
This Giants Dugout Store carries all the San Francisco Giants merchandise you can imagine next to the AT&T Park location. It carries everything,including baseball caps,baseballs,toys-if it says San Francisco Giants on it,they'll have it.
It's located inside Stonestown Galleria,so it's open later than the AT&T Park store on a daily basis. You can buy tickets here too.
PROS:Friendly,knowledgeable staff,fun to shop,represents San Francisco spirit.
This Giants Dugout Store carries all the San Francisco Giants merchandise you can imagine. Everything from baseball caps to Giants beverage mugs,key chains,toys,you name it :If it's Giants merchandise you're looking for,you've come to the right place.
PROS:All the Giants merchandise you can imagine.
CONS:Only open until 5 PM on non-game days.
This San Francisco indoor shopping mall is good,but it's still not Stonestown Galleria. The concession stands aren't as good either. The first Bloomingdale's in Northern California is located here. This mall is very nice:It's just not as prestigious as Stonestown Galleria.
PROS:Good mall,average selection of stores.
CONS:No Giants Dugout Store
Stonestown Galleria is San Francisco's best shopping mall. They have all my favorite stores here,including a Giants Dugout Store,a Ritz Camera,not to mention a Lens Crafters in case you break or lose your glasses while shopping. The concession stands here are fantastic,especially the drinks at the Nordstrom coffee/concession stand across from Ritz Camera.
PROS:Great mall,great concession stands,large Ritz Camera,Giants Dugout Store,Lens Crafters.
Borders is the best new bookstore in Monterey County. They carry books on any subject you can imagine,plus there are also toys,not to mention a vast selection of foreign and domestic newspapers and magazines. This is a great place to go anytime,even if you're not buying anything.
Forest Hill Ace Hardware carries all the basics you need for your home and garden. Look for Nestor when you come in:You can tell by looking at him that he's Greek and he looks like Richard Gere.
PROS:Good service. Average selection of products.