San Francisco, CA
San Francisco International Airport
13 miles/20 minute drive to Oracle Park
WHERE TO STAY? Hotels Near Oracle Park (all are within 1.5 miles)
Courtyard by Marriott- San Francisco Downtown Hotel
Chaser budget traveler
There are no Chaser Budget hotels in the downtown area. Anything under $100 a night will be a hostel or a roach motel. Your best option is The Kensington Park Hotel.
The Kensington Park Hotel at Union Square
WHERE TO PARK?
The area around Oracle Park offers several parking lots including: Parking Lot B, C, E and Pier 48 and 30. Look for additional parking north of the stadium between Embarcadero and Bryant (Pier 30 & 26). Parking at Oracle Park can be expensive. You can expect between $25-30 to park for a Giants game and most lots are cash only. Parking Panda offers gameday parking reservations for Oracle Park. Avoid driving around for the best parking facility - compare on your smartphone and reserve Giants parking today.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: avoid the busy San Francisco traffic by getting a hotel close enough to the ballpark to walk. Otherwise, use the Muni Metro, Cal Train, bus, ferry or even one of those cool San Francisco cable cars to get the game.
WHERE TO EAT?
Public House is the place to go before a Giants game. Attached to Oracle Park, the Public House is the quickest way to grab a bite on game days. 22 large screen televisions along with 24 microbrews on tap (most are local) makes it an easy call. Make sure to ask your server about the secret entrance into Oracle Park from the restaurant. To get a real feel of San Francisco, try the Paragon Restaurant (only 1 block from Oracle Park). Locals hit up the Paragon for drinks and a meal before each Giants game. It wouldn’t hurt to make a reservation here if dining on game days.
Our final recommendation is the 21st Amendment Brewery, just 2 blocks from Oracle Park. This fun brewery has a surprisingly unique menu along with a great selection of homemade brews. The best part is they can their beer, rather than bottle them. Not only is this better for the environment, but also keeps your beer fresher. Our favorite is the El Sully Lager served up with an El Cubano or a Margherita Pizza.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Double Play Bar & Grille
Once inside Oracle Park, you don’t have to look long for a good concession stand. Oracle Park is one of the top ballparks for food. Some of our favorites include: "Say Hey! Willie Mays Sausages", Gilroy Garlic Fries, Pier 44 Chowder House and Stormin' Normans Fry Bread. Other options to explore are the Dungeness crab sandwiched between slices of garlic butter sourdough and the Caribbean-style bibimbap. Go with the Ballpark Chasers Meal: a crab cake sandwich from Crazy Crab’z, garlic fries from Gilroy’s, and a beverage of your choice.
*New Food at Oracle Park in 2018*
The "Juicy Lou" - a version of the "Juicy Lucy" burger with cheese inside the burger patty.
Ahi tuna poke - served over rice, greens or chips from Da Poke Man.
Impossible Burger — a plant-based meat substitute burger.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
The San Francisco Giants consecutive sell-out streak came to an end in 2017. Dating back to October 1, 2010, it was the longest active streak in the Majors with 530. Last season had the park 97% full on average, which ranks it #3 in Major League Baseball. Despite the Giants record, we always recommend pre-purchasing your ticket through Ticketmonster.com. Any seat along the 3rd base side to get a wonderful view of the McCovey Cove and the San Francisco Bay. If you don't pick up tickets ahead of time, you can’t walk 10 feet without running into a scalper around Oracle Park!
WHEN TO GO?
The San Francisco Bay area has mild temperatures year round, with average temperatures not breaking into to the 70's until September. Even in the summer we suggest bringing a jacket for a night game. Ballpark Chasers recommends the months of August and September to travel to Oracle Park as the fog will clear and the sun will come out.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
Spend a morning or afternoon down by the Fisherman’s Wharf. Look for Pier 33 and hop on a ferry boat for one of San Francisco’s greatest landmarks, the Alcatraz. The round trip ride lasts about 2 ½ hours and is most fun when touring at night. This former jail was once home to the most famous mobster of all time, Al Capone and the notorious criminal, Machine Gun Kelly.
If you really want to go all out and see everything at once, try a San Francisco helicopter tour. Are you a movie buff or just want to see more of the city of San Francisco? If so, don’t pass up the chance to take a San Francisco Movie Tour. This three hour tour bus begins at the Fisherman’s Wharf and takes you all across town to see the actual film locations from over 100 movies filmed around the Bay area.
If you would rather have a relaxing day without the hustle and bustle of the city, go to the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. This national park is the largest urban national park in the world and is home to over 74,000 acres of land and water. The recreational area is the perfect place to take pictures of the San Francisco Bay and Golden State Bridge.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
The California area leaves it open for you to combine a trip to Oracle Park along with several other ballparks around the Bay area. Ballpark Chasers recommends adding one or more of the four ballparks below to your trip to Oracle Park.
Oakland Coliseum- 16 miles/30 minutes
Dodger Stadium – 381 miles/6 hours
Angel Stadium- 409 miles/6.5 hours
Petco Park- 503 miles/8 hours
If you want to stay within the San Francisco area and see a Minor League Baseball game, head one hour South for San Jose. The San Jose Giants are the minor league affiliation (Class A) of the San Francisco Giants.
Last updated by Ballpark Chasers.