5 San Fran Dates You Knew Were Cool Before Anyone Else

July 11, 2016

San Francisco: the happy, hill-y, hipster hub of the nation. Home to hybrid cars, endless bikers, and loads of beanies, every bend and mountainous rise in pavement is full of culture and character.

But the hipster scene can be tough -- with so many people out there trying to to forge their own path, even the artsiest of artsy things can slip into becoming the dreaded “mainstream.” There can only be so many hoodie-wearing, camera bearing people walking around on the street before it just becomes commonplace.

But don’t let this be true for the SF dating scene. Sure, a sail on the Bay or a hike through the woods might seem like an “out of the box” idea at first, but trust us, every entrepreneur-techy-startup person in SF -- and there are a ton of them -- has been there, done that.

Relationships are hard, especially in San Fran where the these techy types like to spend more time coding and building businesses than building relationships. But with the right date, you’ll find the right boo thang in no time. So let us help you with a list of dates you can claim you knew were cool before anyone else. Sayonara, San Fran Bay sail.

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    Ceramic Pottery

    Explore a hobby that will definitely let you get your hands dirty. In this fun introduction to throwing or hand building with clay you'll learn basic techniques as you craft your own personal coffee mug on the potter's wheel or, if you'd prefer, you can make a canister out of a slab. Come unleash your creativity in this fun, laid back class. The mesmerizing practice of throwing is a great escape from the daily grind, and your mug will be perfect for steaming cup of freshly ground brew.
    Ceramic Pottery

    1045 Sutter St, San Francisco

    • Come take a Claycation at SMAart Studio. Learn the fun, relaxing fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel,
    • Craft your own coffee cup on the potter's wheel or out of a slab
    • Forget life's stresses as you learn new hands on creative skills
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing creative outlet
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    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to... well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    31310 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY San Francisco's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

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    Think you've got what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Put your survival skills to the test during this escape room challenge! Escape room games lock you in a room and pit you against the clock, leaving you just one hour to locate a series of clues, unravel an overarching puzzle, and make your escape! You'll have to work successfully with a small group of fellow players, making this a great team-building challenge. Use your brain--or it's zombie chow!
    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

    660 Bryant St, San Francisco

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive game where you must find a way to escape a locked room
    • Exercise your critical thinking skills to piece together clues in order to solve the mystery
    • Work with a small team to better your odds of completing the task within the allotted time
    • Feel the rush as you race against the clock -- and the zombies!
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    Norcal Coastal Seaplane Tour

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    This 60-minute flight will take you over the splendor of the greatest city in the U.S. - San Francisco! Take off from a sea base in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll traverse beautiful Marin County on your way out over Tomales Bay, where Sir Francis Drake himself likely landed over a century ago. Cruise on over to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, keeping your eyes peeled for frolicing porpoise and whales along the way until you round the breathtakingly scenic Pt. Reyes Lighthouse. The path continues along the incredible Northern Californian coastline above Highway One and finally back over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge herself. Soar above Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - Home of the Major League Baseball World Champion San Francisco Giants, and even the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the Immigrant Gateway to the West - and a smooth landing back in Sausalito's Richardson Bay. Bring your camera, because this is a trip you'll never want to forget! .
    Norcal Coastal Seaplane Tour

    242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley

    • Fly over the splendor of San Francisco and the Bay Area's shores on this seaplane adventure
    • Cruise on over to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, keeping your eyes peeled for sea life
    • Marvel at phenomenal views of the legendary Golden Gate Bridge herself
    • Pass over the historic Angel Island and even the infamous island prison of Alcatraz
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    Premium Sake Museum Tour and Tasting

    You love sake, but you can't travel all the way to Japan for a nice cup, and you only want the highest quality. How lucky, then, that Takara Sake has a place right here in California, with a premium tour and tasting! On this delightful tour, you'll get a fascinating tour of the Sake museum, featuring sake artifacts and implements, plus the history of sake-making in America. Then, enjoy a tasting of a variety of premium sake, including Sho Chiku Bai Sake and more! And there's no better place to get the full, authentic sake experience than at Takara's The Tasting Room, measuring over 2,200 square feet and inspired by Japanese rice paddies. You'll be satisfying your sake cravings in no time!
    Premium Sake Museum Tour and Tasting

    708 Addison St, Berkeley

    • Taste a variety of premium sakes in an authentic setting
    • Learn about sake production and see sake artifacts and implements collected by Takara
    • Feel like you're on an exotic and unforgettable journey to Japan
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    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

    After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:
    • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
    • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
    • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
    • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
    • Spot a black bear
    • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
    When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

    Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embark on a trip to the peaceful countryside and discover the raw beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range
    • Enjoy three to four hours of free time at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone
    • Relax in the picnic area and have lunch among the giant sequoia trees
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    Beers and Bikes Tour

    Bikes and beers were born to go together, like peanut butter and jelly, or handlebar mustaches and irony. Explore some of San Francisco's newest and hippest neighborhoods as you pedal to and from three of the area's best craft breweries and beer gardens, where you can cool off with frosty pints of local brews. Past tours have included stops like 21st Amendment Brewery, Magnolia Brew Pub, Barrel Head Brewhouse, and Triple Voo Doo Brewery. Besides, no need to feel guilty about spending the day drinking, you'll just work it off on your way to the next spot.
    Beers and Bikes Tour

    49 Lusk St, San Francisco

    • Tour San Francisco by bike as you visit the area's best breweries and beer gardens
    • Stop at off the beaten path locations and enjoy delicious local brews
    • Embrace a perfect combination of exercise and recreation
    • Participate in a cool and unique way to explore the city
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    Find the Forgotten Treasure

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    Captain Kidd IX lead a double life. He was a pirate, and a respected captain. After being the only one to survive a shipwreck, he collected insurmountable wealth. As a tradition of his time, he buried his treasure and left a map to guide any daring adventurers. Many have embarked on this mission, and none have returned. In this interactive game, you'll have the chance to work with friends, family, and complete strangers to get out of this locked cell. Your courage and teamworking skills will be put to the test during this time-sensitive mission. With a 14% escape rate, this game will stretch your mind as far as it will go. Will your team be the first, and only, to find the Captain's forgotten treasure?
    Find the Forgotten Treasure

    5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond

    • Embark on a sinister journey that could lead to your disappearance
    • Use your intellect and wits to decipher clues and find Captain Kidd's treasure under 60 minutes
    • Work together with friends and complete strangers to find the truth
    • Enjoy the thrill of the time crunch and the terror of the ominous challenge
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    Private Flight for 2

    Oh sure, you saw San Francisco when you flew in, but did you tap on the pilot's shoulder and ask him if he could please slow down near the Golden Gate bridge because you're trying to take a sweet photo for the insta-followers? Of course not. That would be silly. But, what if there was a way to see everything from above and walk away with decent photos? There is. SF Air Tours is here to take you on the Golden Tour of San Francisco's skies! Enjoy views of Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, and more. You'll have so many photos your phone will freeze. Good thing you brought a camera.
    Private Flight for 2

    8433 Earhart Rd, Oakland

    • Experience San Francisco from 1000 feet above
    • Fly like a bird -- or at least ride passenger and enjoy a birds-eye view
    • Take unique photos from above -snap all of your favorite San Fran locations in a high-wing plane for the complete view
    • Enjoy views of Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Pacific Coast, Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, and Port of Oakland
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    Champagne Brunch Cruise

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    Enjoy unbeatable views of San Francisco as you cruise the picturesque waters of the bay on a champagne brunch cruise. With terrific food and on board entertainment, you'll wish you could take this relaxing weekend brunch cruise every day of the week!

    The two-hour San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise offers the perfect mix of gourmet dining and sightseeing. The perfect addition to a romantic weekend!

    During the cruise you will have superb photo opportunities of:

    • Golden Gate Bridge
    • Alcatraz Island
    • Angel Island
    • Bay Bridge
    • San Francisco Embarcadero and Waterfront

    While you cruise, start with cocktails on deck then indulge with a lavish brunch buffet featuring a gourmet selection of freshly baked and locally produced foods. Listen to smooth tunes inside or daydream on the outside deck while you sip complimentary champagne.

    A cash bar is also available during the cruise to purchase additional beverages and cocktails.

    This San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise is a weekend indulgence not to be missed!

    Champagne Brunch Cruise

    Pier 3, San Francisco

    • Enjoy unbeatable views of San Francisco on a champagne brunch cruise
    • Indulge in a lavish brunch buffet with freshly baked foods, including pasta, salad and a waffle station
    • Take superb photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco Embarcadero
    • Listen to smooth tunes on the outside deck and sip a complimentary glass of champagne
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