5 Hot Spots to Soak Up the Sun

Spring has finally sprung. The sun is out and it’s going be a hot one!  This heat wave got me thinking about places to sit outside and soak up some sun.  So if you can, play hooky, grab a blanket and a good book (in whatever form you read them), and head outside while it lasts.  Here are just a few ideas of some places to go:

Washington Square Park

In the heart of North Beach, Washington Square Park is a great spot to catch some sun.  There’s plenty of people watching — hot Italian guys kicking around  soccer balls, eccentric locals chatting on the benches. So, grab a sandwich and a beer from one of the nearby Italian delis and stake your claim on a blanket in this sunny spot.

Rooftop Gardens

For those of you who can’t phone it into the office, there are several Rooftop Gardens downtown: 343 Sansome offers incredible views from its 15th floor rooftop terrace; 100 First Street is a great sunny spot in SoMa with tiered planters and cafe-style tables and chairs; and the Crocker Galleria Rooftop Terrace offers comfortable wood benches to stretch out on.

S.F. Botanical Garden

Though the Parks Department started charging for tourists, the Botanical Garden is still free for San Francisco residents, with proof of address.  A large open meadow stretches through the center of the Botanical Gardens, with a network of trails weaving through a tour of the world’s flora.

Yerba Buena Gardens

Another great spot South of Market, Yerba Buena Gardens catches the sun nearly all day long.  From a spot on the lawn, you have a great view of the ever-changing SoMa skyline, including SFMOMA. You can grab a bite to go from the food court inside the Metreon and cob a squat on the lawn.

Corona Heights

Not only does Corona Heights get sun most of the day on warm days like these, but this peak in the center of the city affords visitors with incredible views of the eastern half of San Francisco and across the Bay to Oakland and Berkeley.

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