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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    Earn Your Wings (SF)

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    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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    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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    Terrarium Class

    Hanging globe terrariums are a very popular decoration right now, but you don't just want to buy one, you want to make your own! In this class you will learn all about the ins and outs of creating a terrarium."¨"¨ You will acquire useful knowledge about succulent plants including care for, maintenance, propagation and transplanting. Then you will plant a 5" hanging globe terrarium utilizing an array of 2" plants that you will get to choose from. You will decorate using a huge variety of mosses, pebbles, sands, and tumbled glass. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty in this hands on class!
    Terrarium Class

    402 Cortland Ave, Bernal heights, San Francisco

    • Learn all about terrariums, the ins and outs of creating them, and then create your own
    • Become versed about succulent plants including care, maintenance, propagation, and transplanting
    • Get your hands dirty as you plant a 5" hanging globe terrarium of your own
    • Understand new tools and techniques, so you can make your own vertical garden wherever you want
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    Napa Valley Wine Country Semi-Private Limo Tour

    Join this semi-private limousine tour of Napa Valley and experience VIP service at an affordable price! Tour wine country in a luxury stretch limousine, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch (if option selected) from a renowned local restaurant and experience a full day of wine tasting in one of the world's most famous wine regions. Visits to four boutique wineries are included on this semi-private tour, which operates with a group size of less than 10 people, ensuring personal and intimate service throughout the day. After you've visited your first two Napa Valley wineries, your limousine tour continues with a wine country lunch in a hidden-gem location, which may be among vineyards, garden terraces or in a wine cellar, depending on the weather. The delicious and hearty lunches are served family style, allowing everyone to pick and choose from a delicious variety of sandwiches, side salads and desserts. Don't forget to wash down lunch with a glass of Napa Valley wine!

    After lunch, visit two more hand-picked wineries in Napa Valley. This tour is great for first-timers, but is also ideal for the repeat Napa visitor, as it is customizable to your group, and the itinerary changes daily based on your group's unique dynamic and previous tasting experiences.

    Throughout the tour, you will learn about the local history and geography that makes Napa famous among wine lovers and foodies worldwide. As you travel from winery to winery, take pictures of the valley's idyllic scenery, unique artwork, beautiful landscaping and charming architecture. If you're staying in San Francisco, this tour offers pickup and drop-off from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal. Ferries depart from San Francisco's Ferry Building at 8:30am, with a travel time of approximately 1 hour.
    Napa Valley Wine Country Semi-Private Limo Tour

    Napa hotels or Vallejo Ferry Terminal, Napa & Sonoma

    • Tour Napa Valley in a luxury stretch limousine
    • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and a full day of wine tasting
    • Discover the Valley's idyllic scenery, unique artwork, and charming architecture
    • Learn about local history and geography that makes Napa famous among wine lovers worldwide
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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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    Private Hot Air Balloon Ride For Two

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    An adventure awaits you in the skies above Napa Valley. From the basket of a beautiful hot air balloon, you will have 360 degree views of this incredible agricultural expanse. Admire the sweeping landscape of rolling hills and orderly vineyards, stretching out as far as the eye can see. And don't forget about the thrill of being in the hot air balloon itself. Feel the wind in your hair as you soar, and revel in the luxury of your unique vantage point of the beautiful scenery.
    Private Hot Air Balloon Ride For Two

    6525 Washington St, Yountville

    • Experience the thrill of a hot air balloon ride in a romantic flight for two
    • Soar high above the majestic Napa Valley landscape with your guest
    • See rolling hills and vineyards stretched out below you
    • Feel the wind in your hair as you float through the sky
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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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    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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