Muir Woods is a nice quiet (well, when there aren't tons of visitors on the pathways during peak times in the summer) place to commune with trees. There is a mile long path designed for strollers and wheelchairs through the trees and woods, but you can also hike up into the hill paths if able. It is very nice to go there on hot days, since the trees keep the area shaded and very cool.
This Aquarium is much smaller than the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but it has a nice underground aquatic tunnel that young kids love to go through. My son was 18 mon. when we first took him, and he was enthralled with the sharks that swam over our heads. Besides the tunnel, though, there is not much of an exhibit. Small tanks and aquariums hold specimen local to the Bay.
The temporary location of the California Academy of Sciences is in a prime location just south of Market, right by the Zeum. This makes it nice to plan a trip to both or even the Metreon with the kids. The recent Chocolate exhibit is great. Kids want to just each the chocolate, though, so make sure you go on a Friday or Sat. when free chocolate is given out. Check out the web site for more info regarding their exhibit schedule.
This is an excellent museum, if not only for it's collection, but for it's beauty. It is located in Lincoln Park, at 34th and Clement St. (the address listed above is only for mail). You can see the Golden Gate Bridge and a lovely view of the Marin Headlands a short walk from this museum. It houses some very nice collections of Ancient and European Art, and it had an exhibit recently of the Mayan peoples that was very fascinating.
I first went to Body Therapy when I was 7 mon. pregnant, and got a very good massage that relieved my constant pregnant back pain. This is an excellent site for receiving a massage, and the work that is done guarantees muscles releasing.
Scarlet Sage has an incredible array of essential oils, dried herbs, and information pertaining to alternative healing methods. The staff are extremely knowledgable, and can help you pick the exact combination of herbs you need. They also have herbal soaps that smell exquisite, and little gifts and trinkets that are hard to resist.
If you are in search for that perfect bike, visit Valencia Cyclery. They have an incredible selection, and prices are average. Sometimes you can find a deal. All the staff are very well versed in bicycle knowledge, and can help you pick out your perfect bike.
This is a brilliant idea: what else can you do while at a laundromat? How about getting a good cup of coffee and sitting down with your friends for a nice chat? Or catching up with the latest gossip in People? Yes, who ever founded this place is on to something: entertaining people while they do their laundry.
Crossroads may have used clothing, but it is very stylish and up to current trends. They have some high-fashion pieces for sale too, and way cheaper than going to Union Square to buy them. If you need work clothes, this store is a good option too, as slacks and blouses abound. However, if you are looking for second-hand store prices, you may be a little shocked to see used pants going for $20.
After trying out Birkram Yoga, I decided to stick with Hatha. Maybe it was all the sweating that turned me off, or the location of the studio, or the instructor that wouldn't let up (he did not feel very yoga-esque). And the prices are high, and the guy that supposedly introduced Birkram to the U.S. wants to monopolize all Birkram studios, but it just wasn't for me. But my friend who went appreciated the tough attitude, and the sweat, so maybe it just wasn't for me.