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The dome inside the Westfield Mall.
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SF spots to visit stoned now that recreational marijuana sale is legal

Just don’t drive to them

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The dome inside the Westfield Mall.
| Photo by Maria Geronimo

As of Monday, Californians can legally buy and sell recreational marijuana. Whoa. While Los Angeles and San Francisco work out permitting and political issues surrounding pot sales—no recreational marijuana can be bought legally in the state’s two biggest cities just yet—it’s basically a free-for-all on the kindest of bud.

As of today, retail outfits in Berkeley and Oakland are open and ready for legal business.

Instead of staying on the couch playing Nintendo Switch while polishing off your third plate of Pizza Rolls, we encourage you to head outdoors, THC-induced paranoia be damned. San Francisco is a city so synonymous with marijuana that there are colors, sounds, and architectural delights aplenty to amuse you and your baked buddies.

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1. The Walt Disney Family Museum

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104 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 345-6800
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Mr Toad. Fantasia. Alice falling down a rabbit hole. Walt was known to take inspiration from the psychedelic arts now and then, clearly. And what better place to experience all that Disney loopiness but at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. The Disneyland replica alone will have you tripping for hours.

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2. Lovers’ Lane at the Presidio

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Lover's Ln
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-4323
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What better place in which to enjoy the mind-altering affects of marijuana than along a twisty, curvy hike with aerobal views galore. The oldest footpath through the Presidio, the small stretch was established in the 18th century as a shortcut used by Spanish soldiers and missionaries to get from the Main Post to Mission Dolores, located three miles south of the Presidio.

3. Palace Of Fine Arts

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3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 608-2220
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A structure originally created for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented, this now-iconic work of art is a sight to behold. A great place for talking a walk with a few friends, especially as it's far away from the maddening crowds at Hippie Hill. Glorious.

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4. Audium

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1616 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-1616
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This 49-seat theater featuring specially composed "sound sculptures" broadcast on 169 speakers is ideal for anyone looking for a aural delight. Think laser show only more classy.

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5. Aquatic Park

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700-898 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Dip your toes into the bay, and then head over to nearby In-N-Out after you're done.

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6. Musée Mécanique

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45 Sausalito - San Francisco Pier 41
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 346-2000
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For advanced stoners only, the Musée Mécanique is one of the world's largest privately owned coin-operated collection of mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines. And it will haunt your dreams. Jolly Jack (pictured) and Laffing Sal alone will have you freaking out in the best way possible.

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7. Balmy Alley

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50 Balmy St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Excellent alley in the Mission to check out some of the trippiest street art. A personal favorite: the mural of a Victorian Transformer-esque robot. Far out, indeed.

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8. Ruth Asawa's Fountain outside the Apple Store

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300 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 486-4800
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To their credit, Apple decided to honor Ruth Asawa's legendary bronze fountain when they moved up the block in 2016. The circa-1970 work now flanks the entrance to the Apple Store's park. And it's a sight to behold, replete with carvings, San Francisco signifiers, and other doodads that should be experienced under the duress of THC.

9. Gazing up at the dome at the Westfield San Francisco Centre

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865 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 512-6776
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Sometimes there's no more comforting place to go while blitzed than inside the comfy capitalist confines of a shopping mall. And no San Francisco mall is better than the Westfield Center. Why? Because they have a massive, groovy dome that's perfect for daydreaming. We strongly recommend lying down on the couches to check it out.

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10. Exploratorium

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Pier 15 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444
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Allows visitors to explore the world through science, art, and human perception, the Exploratorium is a totally bitchin’ place to zone our on twinkling lights, auditory experiences, and tippy holography. Warning: The Tactile Dome, a pitch-black crawling space wherein visitors bump and feel their way to freedom, could send some stoners into paranoia free fall.

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1. The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94129

Mr Toad. Fantasia. Alice falling down a rabbit hole. Walt was known to take inspiration from the psychedelic arts now and then, clearly. And what better place to experience all that Disney loopiness but at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. The Disneyland replica alone will have you tripping for hours.

104 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94129

2. Lovers’ Lane at the Presidio

Lover's Ln, San Francisco, CA 94129

What better place in which to enjoy the mind-altering affects of marijuana than along a twisty, curvy hike with aerobal views galore. The oldest footpath through the Presidio, the small stretch was established in the 18th century as a shortcut used by Spanish soldiers and missionaries to get from the Main Post to Mission Dolores, located three miles south of the Presidio.

Lover's Ln
San Francisco, CA 94129

3. Palace Of Fine Arts

3601 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123

A structure originally created for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented, this now-iconic work of art is a sight to behold. A great place for talking a walk with a few friends, especially as it's far away from the maddening crowds at Hippie Hill. Glorious.

3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Audium

1616 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This 49-seat theater featuring specially composed "sound sculptures" broadcast on 169 speakers is ideal for anyone looking for a aural delight. Think laser show only more classy.

1616 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Aquatic Park

700-898 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Dip your toes into the bay, and then head over to nearby In-N-Out after you're done.

700-898 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. Musée Mécanique

45 Sausalito - San Francisco Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94133

For advanced stoners only, the Musée Mécanique is one of the world's largest privately owned coin-operated collection of mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines. And it will haunt your dreams. Jolly Jack (pictured) and Laffing Sal alone will have you freaking out in the best way possible.

45 Sausalito - San Francisco Pier 41
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Balmy Alley

50 Balmy St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Excellent alley in the Mission to check out some of the trippiest street art. A personal favorite: the mural of a Victorian Transformer-esque robot. Far out, indeed.

50 Balmy St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Ruth Asawa's Fountain outside the Apple Store

300 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108

To their credit, Apple decided to honor Ruth Asawa's legendary bronze fountain when they moved up the block in 2016. The circa-1970 work now flanks the entrance to the Apple Store's park. And it's a sight to behold, replete with carvings, San Francisco signifiers, and other doodads that should be experienced under the duress of THC.

300 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108

9. Gazing up at the dome at the Westfield San Francisco Centre

865 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Sometimes there's no more comforting place to go while blitzed than inside the comfy capitalist confines of a shopping mall. And no San Francisco mall is better than the Westfield Center. Why? Because they have a massive, groovy dome that's perfect for daydreaming. We strongly recommend lying down on the couches to check it out.

865 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Exploratorium

Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Allows visitors to explore the world through science, art, and human perception, the Exploratorium is a totally bitchin’ place to zone our on twinkling lights, auditory experiences, and tippy holography. Warning: The Tactile Dome, a pitch-black crawling space wherein visitors bump and feel their way to freedom, could send some stoners into paranoia free fall.

Pier 15 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111