Joe DiMaggio Playground and North Beach Library

Our first day in the city, some friends texted to say that they were checking it out the Joe DiMaggio Playground and would we like to join? So I looked it up and when I realized it was only about half a mile away, we decided to head over. The playground was just renovated last November, so it’s super new and nice. It has an awesome rope climbing structure thing, a fun castle-looking tower, and a fun double swing/seesaw kinda thing. It also has a beautiful view of the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. It was just what we needed after a couple weeks in the car.
The library is also only a couple of years old, so very clean and modern. To be honest, we didn’t use it much for books (we had a little stash of books we’d traveled with in the car, and accumulated probably 15 more San Francisco-themed books over the course of our time there), but we signed up our very first day so that we could make use of the very excellent Discover & Go program – and boy, did we make use of that.
This program provides free passes to a bunch of attractions both in the city and the surrounding area, including really popular (and expensive!) ones like the Exploratorium, the Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden, etc. It was awesome. Most of the passes cover an entire family, so it was perfect for us. I’ll be sure to note when an attraction is covered by Discover & Go as I do the write ups.
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Running down the hill from our apartment

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