Wave Organ in San Francisco
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6 Wacky and Weird Things to See in San Francisco

If you are looking for a place to enjoy interesting and unique sights, look no further than San Francisco, California. The Bay area is home to many locations where visitors can experience a wide variety of art, gardens, culture, and history. Start planning your trip to San Francisco by booking one of the many IHG hotels in close proximity to these attractions.

Enjoy the Music of the Bay

Located on the shore of San Francisco Bay, the Wave Organ is a massive wave-activated sculpture containing a series of pipes that play with the movement of the water. Best heard at high tide, the carved granite and marble sculpture includes 25 PVC and concrete organ pipes found at different elevations at the site, allowing for the rise and fall of the water to produce the fascinating sound.
Musee Mecanique
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Play in a Penny Arcade

Located on Pier 45, Musee Mecanique allows guests to experience arcades before the age of video games. This museum houses more than 200 coin-operated antique arcade games, dioramas, and musical instruments in their original working condition. All the games in the privately-owned collection can be played by visitors for a small fee.

Experience Japanese Culture

Originally founded after the 1906 earthquake, when many Japanese and Japanese-Americans relocated to the area, Japantown allows visitors to experience Japanese culture in this small neighborhood. Visitors can enjoy Japanese cuisine at the many restaurants then browse specialty shops. Japantown also hosts the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, where attendees celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms.
 560-foot long Clarion Alley Mural Project
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View Art With a Message

Located in the inner Mission District, the 560-foot long Clarion Alley Mural Project houses murals painted by volunteer artists. The alley celebrates San Francisco's activist history by representing political, economic, and social justice and environmental messages in the murals that cover nearly every surface. This project was started in 1992 and has created over 700 murals.

Relax in the Bard's Garden

Bard's Garden
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The unique Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers, located in Golden Gate Park, contains more than 200 flowers and plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. Throughout the garden, visitors can stroll a brick walkway and enjoy flower arrangements with bronze plaques engraved with notable quotations from Shakespeare's works. Guests can also view the sundial located in the center of the garden or simply enjoy the tranquility by relaxing on one of its many benches.

Explore the Movement of Sound

The Audium is a one-of-a-kind theater that lets visitors explore space in music. This 49-seat theater equipped with 176 speakers provides an immersive experience for listeners by using the entire environment to "sculpt" sound through movement, direction, speed, and intensity on multiple planes in space -- all in complete darkness.

No matter the reason for your visit, you are sure to enjoy many unique sights, sounds, and experiences in the City by the Bay.

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April 9, 2018

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