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LUMA's Neighborhood Guide
The Mission Bay neighborhood is full of things to do, and no one does it better than LUMA! Below is a selection of our favorites spots and resources to help you explore the area. Choose your destinations, and let us know your plans: we're more than happy to help you say you've done it all!
A fixture of the Bay Area, Oracle Park is one of the most unique baseball parks in the country. Home of the San Francisco Giants, the park famously sits along the San Francisco Bay, with boats regularly floated around in ‘McCovey Cove’ in hopes of fishing a homerun out of the water. Known for it's foodie-approved ballpark fare, a visit to this stadium is always a good time, no matter who you are cheering for! LUMA Hotel is steps away, with views inside the park - we are baseball fans' ideal location for a game days.
Chase Center & Thrive City
The state-of-the-art Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors and world-class concerts, is conveniently located along Mission Bay's waterfront. Thrive Center, the adjacent community gathering space, is a beautiful open-air district offering year-round amenities for families, fans & visitors, including festivals, farmers markets, dining experiences, and community events. Don't miss local favorites Gott’s Roadside, Dumpling Time, Harmonic Brewing, Philz Coffee and Tyler Florence’s newest dining destination, Miller & Lux.
Paddling the San Francisco Bay is an epic outdoor adventure. Dogpatch Paddle offers paddle board and kayak rentals and lesson from the calm waters of Crane Cove Park, just a few minutes south of LUMA. Acquire everything you need for an adventure on the Bay at their shop. Guides can teach newcomers the basics or help experienced paddlers refine their techniques to build confidence and safety. Once on the Bay, expect to encounter stunning views of the city and wildlife, including seals, sea lions, cormorants, giant herons, pelicans & more.
Mission Bay Dining
San Francisco has long been known for memorable dining, and Mission Bay continues that trend! Visit any number of our neighboring eateries, breweries, food trucks and coffee shops to get a taste! Spark Social is a vibrant permanent food truck gathering space, offering fun fusion and international fare. New Belgium Taproom serves a world class beer menu and globally inspired cuisine.
Stagecoach Greens Mini Golf
Just a 6 minute walk from LUMA, the City’s only outdoor mini golf course is a unique way to preview all of SF's sights, learn its unique history and experience SF culture and locals-only humor. Participate in the story of Boom & Bust in the West and the brave people who came here seeking gold. This one-of-a-kind 18-hole course was created by 150+ local artists, each bringing their own talents and points of view in support of a single vision and story. Don't miss the SF-themed selfie opportunities to capture the moment!
SpinOut Waterbike Experience
Just a 7 minute walk from LUMA, SpinOut is the City's and Westcoast's only Waterbike Fitness and Experience Center. This local black-owned business is turning pedals and heads. Whether you are visiting for 1 day or for 1 month, they have a program for everyone. Their 90 minute Scenic Ride is a great way to start your new favorite obsession, and a fun way to see the Bay in a whole new way.
Mission Bay Parks
Mission Bay is full of green spaces! Exercise, breath fresh air and take in the views at a few of our local parks, including Mission Creek Park, an idyllic tree-lined park lining Mission Creek with areas for relaxing, Channel Street Dog Park, and Mission Bay Kids Park, a one-of-a-kind park that’s centered around water, exploration and discovery. Upon completion, the Mission Bay Parks system will include 40 acres of planned open space.
Mission Bay Creek and Waterfront
The Mission Creek boat launch is located in Mission Creek Park, around the corner from LUMA Hotel. The area gives paddlers a chance to enjoy the protected waters of Mission Creek, paddle to the nearby McCovey Cove outside the San Francisco Giant’s ballpark, or rest and picnic in the park as they tour the San Francisco waterfront.
LUMA has convenient access to a number of SFMTA transit lines, providing easy transportation to the rest of San Francisco. Coming in 2022, the T Line's Central Subway (departs right in front of our doors), will provide a brand new option to take riders straight through downtown and all the way to Chinatown. The CalTrain Station is a 5 minute walk from LUMA, connecting riders with business hubs throughout the Peninsula & South Bay. If you're looking to travel by boat, LUMA can also connect you with the SF Bay Ferry.
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF's Medical Centers are consistently ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. With hundreds of doctors from more than 50 medical specialties, the hospitals cover virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders and traumatic injuries, as well as expertise in organ transplants and the care of critically ill newborns. Each year, tens of thousands of children come to UCSF from all over the U.S. and the world for treatment.
Salesforce Park & Transit Center
Salesforce Tower changed the San Francisco skyline, and its silhouette can't be missed! Beneath it, the new, multi-story San Francisco transit center is landmark that transforms a commuter hub into an urban destination. With interiors open to the light, it’s a sociable, open space for people to gather, topped by a breathtaking leafy park where the sky is the roof.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
The 170,000 sq ft San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. Our remarkable collection of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts, is housed in an LEED Gold-certified building designed by the global architects Snøhetta and Mario Botta. In addition to our seven gallery floors, SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of free, art-filled public space open to all.
The eastern waterfront and roadway along San Francisco Bay, starting at 2nd and King Streets near Oracle Park, passing under the Bay Bridge, continuing north past the famous Cupid's Span sculpture, Ferry Building, the Exploratorium Museum, Pier 39, and Fisherman's Wharf, before ending at Pier 45. Whether traveling by car, on foot, or by bike, be sure to have you camera ready for majestic Bay views along the way.
One of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, this world class public food market creates an indoor street within the historic Ferry Building. Located at the foot of Market Street on the waterfront, with its dramatic clock tower, the market is an SF icon. Bring your appetite!
San Francisco's premier meeting and exhibition facility situated on two adjacent 11-acre blocks bounded by Mission, Folsom, 3rd and 4th Streets. The center is within convenient walking distance of many businesses, transit centers and hotels - including LUMA! It completed a 4 year, $551-million expansion project in 2019.