Cool Things To Do During Your Summer in the Bay Area

There's no better place to spend a law school summer than the San Francisco Bay Area. Your firms, of course, will be sure to show you a great time -- treating you to dinners at hip restaurants and arranging social events like wine tasting in Napa or a night of cooking school. But you won't be spending every moment of your summer fraternizing with the lawyers. So here are some cool -- and in some cases, lesser known -- things to do during your off hours in the Bay Area. If you do one each weekend, you'll have an authentic Bay Area experience by the time you've got to head back to the books!

. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and eat lunch at Sam's in Tiburon -- On a sunny day, rent a bike in the San Francisco Marina and head North-West. You'll be treated to terrific views and a good workout. Prepare to wait at Sam's, but the burger will be worth it. If you're pooped after lunch, you can always take a ferry back to the City.

. Visit Stanford Bookstore -- Grab a mocha at the upstairs café and prepare to lose yourself for hours in this upscale, multi-level bookstore, one of the best and most stocked in the Bay Area.

. Go to a Giants game at Pac Bell Park -- Get a tan and enjoy gourmet stadium food. (We recommend the garlic fries.) Oh, and watch some first-class baseball too.

. Check out the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose -- In the heart of Silicon Valley, this new, interactive science and technology center will inspire the innovator in everyone. The out-of-this-world "2001: Destination Space" exhibit runs through early September.

. Tour the U.C. Berkeley campus -- Cal boasts a world-class, traditional style campus as well as an offbeat and entertaining college town. For cheap eats, grab a slice of Blondie's pizza on Telegraph Avenue and dessert at nearby Yogurt Park. (If you're willing to spend a bit more and walk a little further, try Zachary's pizza on College Avenue. You'll thank us.)

. Go to the San Francisco Symphony -- Inexpensive, same-day tickets are almost always available and even non-music lovers will be enchanted by Michael Tilson Thomas' humorous and accessible conducting of one of the world's best orchestras.

. Spend a Saturday on Alcatraz Island -- On the ferry ride over, enjoy 360-degree views of the City, Angel Island, the East Bay and Marin. Once on Alcatraz Island, we recommend taking the guided audio tour of the old penitentiary.

. Visit a lesser known neighborhood -- San Francisco is far more than just Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Visit local spots like Cole Valley (a fun, tiny strip not far from Golden Gate Park), the Haight (the famous hippie hangout, with a terrific bookstore, a Ben & Jerry's and a plethora of body piercing stores), Hayes Valley (loaded with funky galleries and restaurants) or the Mission (an ethnic, non-touristy neighborhood with unusual stores, restaurants and cafes).

. Check out the Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium -- In total darkness, crawl, climb and slide your way through this exhibit at San Francisco's wonderful science museum. (You may need a reservation.) Afterwards, feed the ducks at the Palace of Fine Arts next door.

. See a movie at the Metreon -- Smack in the heart of the awesome new Yerba Buena Center, Sony's digital playground offers tons of screens and a Playstation store you can visit before the previews start.



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