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The Wave Organ, San Francisco

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  • A beautiful view but go for that - not the organ which at best is not terribly ugly pipes and about one third the size it appears in photos. The day we went was gorgeous which made it better but you a...  more »
  • We found this through Atlas Obscura and it provided a pretty cool experience. The walk from the parking lot to the wave organ was pleasant, the view of the ocean lovely and the sounds from the organ f...  more »
  • Visited with family from out of town and expected to hear more from the "organ" but were more wow'd by the views of the bridge, Alcatraz, and the city. I was not sure what the walking conditions were ...  more »
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  • The wave organ really isn't all that musical but there are some great views from this point and you can sit near one of the pipe outlets and hear the sound of the waves lapping up. You can view Alcatraz Island, the east bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Mason, the city, etc. When I was there there was a homeless person sleeping in one of the benches. :-( but still it's a cool place to visit.
  • A little run down..but still nice to have a walk up to .....the waves still make noises! Decent view point. Would I walk up to it again? Possibly now ( no I would visit somewhere else instead ) still...if nothing to do ...and walking past - do check it out. I can imagine on stormy days it would be impressive!
  • Not a bad spot to come and relax. It's a bit secluded from the rest of the marina as it's a walk to get to. Go during high tide if you want to hear the organs, otherwise the visit isn't really all that worth it.
  • Gosh I would absolutely love to hear this thing play! Those of you who are into art, this is a wonderful place. Other people that love music, you'll get a kick out of this. Everyone who is all about nature and what it has to give, well you should come check this out! I think conceptually this place is so superb in its wonderment to everyone that is to enjoy it. One of the most universally known likenesses between all societies and cultures throughout the history of time is MUSIC, the genius who created this seemingly unknown gem within SF has literally built a bridge between the music of nature and us as humans!! THE ONLY REASON WHY IT GETS LESS THAN FIVE STARS IS BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO BE CLEANED OUT SO THAT IT WILL PLAY BETTER! I still love it though LOL When you catch it on a day that it is high tide and full moon you could hear it play somewhat, but I just wish it played like it used to... :( STILL THOUGH... that shouldn't stop you from going because it is absolutely beautiful sight to see. The way they designed it is just amazing, makes you feel like you're in some run-down Aztec Beachside structure. Then you turn around and you see the most wonderful view of the city!!
  • I found the experience very pleasant and calming, but the day was clear and fairly warm. On the plus side, the route allows for some spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and also of Alcatraz. I cannot say anything about the actual organ itself, because I didn't go at high tide and I couldn't hear it play. It will be windy and chilly so take a shawl or a scarf or an extra jacket or something.
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