Museum of Ice Cream, Alcatraz & Walt Disney Museum #14

After spending a week in Los Angeles, it was time to fly up to San Francisco. The flight is only about an hour long and you can usually get a good deal where it only costs around $30. It was actually pretty amazing to fly across the Californian coastline, the views were pretty amazing. For the first couple of days in San Francisco, I was staying in the Hotel Zeppelin in the Downtown Theatre District not too far from Union Square. The hotel was incredible and had the most amazing design.

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After an early start, I actually ended up spending most of the day just chilling in the hotel as I was exhausted and it was raining for the first time on my trip! It was also the first time that I wasn’t out on the road so I could just relax! My only plans for the first day in San Francisco was to go over to the Museum of Ice Cream at 5 pm. I’d seen this concept museum all over Instagram – even Beyoncé had been so I knew I had to get tickets.

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I think I’d spent around $42 on this ticket for the Museum of Ice Cream. I’m not sure it was worth all that money but it was a really amazing experience. It’s the most Instagram-worthy place. I was there solo and I’d probably say it would’ve been a whole lot better been there with friends. The highlight was definitely going into a swimming pool of sprinkles!

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The next morning, I headed over to Pier 33 to board the boat across the bay towards Alcatraz. Visiting Alcatraz was a must for me, although I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I’ll be doing a full post on my visit to Alcatraz as I took so many photos. I’d definitely recommend on visiting if you’re in the San Francisco area and I would advise booking well in advance as it’s so hard to get hold of tickets on the day. I learnt so much about Alcatraz and you are given a headset on arrival and found the whole experience fascinating.

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Another must see for me was to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. I didn’t even realise this place existed until about a year ago and as a HUGE Disney fan, I just had to visit. The museum was around $25 and takes you on a journey of Walt Disney’s life starting with his childhood right through to the creation of Mickey Mouse and the opening of Disneyland. There was the most amazing 3d model of Disneyland California which completely blew me away.

Walt Disney is one of my heroes and I found it so incredible to see everything in the museum. At the end, there were some moving tributes to him and I actually found it all really emotional. I’d say this place is another must see for me in San Francisco if you’re a big Disney fan like me. The Museum is actually located right by the Golden Gate Bridge so you get some amazing views too!

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After pulling myself together after my emotional visit to the Walt Disney Museum, I met one of the guys from my Trek. We ended up spending ages hanging out at Fisherman’s Wharf watching the pier’s most famous residents; the sea lions. Just watching the sea lions will give you enough entertainment to fill the whole evening. I spent most of my time in San Francisco just hanging out in this area!

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Whilst we were trying to hunt down somewhere for dinner, a lovely couple gave us their unused tickets for Madame Tussauds. We weren’t planning on going there but decided it would be a couple of hours of fun. I decided to take selfies with 90% of the waxworks using Snapchat filters. Afterwards, we went for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp. If you don’t know already, Forrest Gump is my favourite movie, therefore, I can’t resist these themed restaurants which are actually all over America!

This post isn’t actually that long but I’m going to do some in-depth posts of some of the attractions I’ve visited. I’m hoping to get a few more USA Travel Diary posts out very soon as I’ve seriously been slacking! The next post will be all about exploring San Francisco on a sightseeing bus & visiting the Haight-Ashbury District.

Have you been to San Francisco before?

XOXO

*My tickets to Alcatraz were complimentary for the purpose of this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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9 Comments

  1. June 28, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Museum of ice cream? AMAZING!!! I so want to visit San Francisco, it’s been somewhere I’ve wanted to see for years now and now even more so!

  2. June 29, 2018 / 6:37 am

    I’ve done alcatraz before and it was such an experience, but I never knew about the ice cream museum or walt disneys life thing. When I was there I was on a tour though so I doubt I’d have had chance to do much else, but I’m keen to go back x

  3. Joanna
    June 29, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    The Museum of Icecream looks fabulous, I have definitely seen photos of it all over Instagram. The visit to Alcatraz sounds very insightful as well, I’m looking forward to your dedicated post to it.

  4. William Gould
    June 29, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    San Fran is my most favourite place on the planet!!! And my favourite part is The Presidio where the Walt Disney museum is.
    That is only a short walk from the George Lucas offices with an amazing foyer that you can go in to see and the Star Wars awards and props, and outside the main doors is the Yoda fountain!
    Did you see that?

  5. June 29, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    I love how bright and colourful the Museum of Ice Cream is. Now I want to go there with friends so I can take lots of Instagram pictures!

  6. June 30, 2018 / 9:12 am

    My husband really wants to visit Alcatraz, I think I may be distracted by the Museum of Ice Cream though

  7. June 30, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I’ve always loved the idea of going to Alcatraz but now that I know there is a museum of ice cream that has been bumped down to second place on my San Fran wishlist

  8. July 3, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    I LOVE the look of the museum of ice cream, what a quirky place! I’ve been to Alcatraz but would love to go back and take the kids.

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