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From yachters to surfers, the lure of the bay

Business Not As Usual

Headquartered in Berkeley, this company produces beddings made from natural and organic materials. The store also sells products related to meditation and yoga.
2076 Chestnut Street
(415) 441-2896

Mon-Th 10am-7pm, Fri/Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Green’s Restaurant
Alternative lifestyles are integral to San Francisco, and Green’s at Fort Mason offers unsurpassed vegetarian fare in addition to superb views of the bay. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant, once affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center, is quite popular.
Fort Mason, Building A
(415) 771-6222

Dinner: Mon-Fri 5:30-9:30pm, prix fixe Sat 6-9pm
Lunch: Tu-Sat 11:30am-2pm, Sun 10am-2pm
Late-night dessert: Mon-Sat 9:30-11:00pm
Deli: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4:30pm

Things to Experience

The Wave Organ
Looking like the ruins from an archaic Atlantis, the Wave Organ sits at the end of the breakwater past the Marina yacht clubs. Strange sounds emanate from the bay if you place your ear next to the tubes that snake into the water. Great for kids. Free. Best at high tide -- call (707) 642-4337 or check out tides for info.

Fort Mason Museums
Fort Mason houses several interesting, diverse museums, and is also frequently the site for special exhibitions and fairs.

African American Historical & Cultural Society
Wed-Sun Noon-5pm --- 1st Wed of the month Noon-7pm FREE
$1-$2, children under 12 FREE
Building C --- (415) 441-0640

Mexican Museum
Wed-Sat 11am-5pm
$2-$3, children under 12 FREE
Building D --- (415) 202-9700 --- www.mexicanmuseum.org

Museo ItaloAmericano
Wed-Sun Noon-5pm --- 1st Wed of the month Noon-7pm FREE
$2-$3, children under 12 FREE
Building C --- (415) 673-2200 --- www.museoitaloamericano.org

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Tu-Fri & Sun 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm --- Sat 10am-Noon FREE
1st Wed of the month 11am-7pm FREE
$3-$4, youth under 18 FREE
Building A --- (415) 775-0991 --- www.mocfa.org

The Tactile Dome
Discover a world where the walls seems alive and your hands tell you more than your eyes. Part of the Exploratorium's hands-on science exhibits, but requires special $15 admission and advance reservations.
3601 Lyon Street in the Palace of Fine Arts
(415) 561-0362 --- www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tactile_dome/

Marina and Marsh Walk
This easy walk starts at Fort Mason, proceeding along the Marina Green past kite flyers and vollyeball players, then into the Presidio past a marsh, sandy beaches, wind surfers and joggers. You can walk all the way to historic Fort Point, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, (site of the famous scene from Hitchock's "Vertigo") and watch surfers catch the waves. Great views of the Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Marin.

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Updated 9/12/04