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The Wave Organ

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Address: 110 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94129
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Interesting off the beaten path location.

If you have some time to kill and a little patience this public art installation is worth a visit. You should time your visit with high tide and a full moon is possible. Be... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have some time to kill and a little patience this public art installation is worth a visit. You should time your visit with high tide and a full moon is possible. Be patient and stick your ear to one of the pipes and just listen.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter wanted to see this but none of the locals knew what we were talking about, all we had was a location, when we got here I thought to myself this is cool.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Wave Organ is located at the end of a rock pier off the Marina. It was a long walk to get there but the site is nicely paved with lots of seating carved from white stone.We were a bit disappointed, as the tide was low and the organ didn't work properly. The view of the harbour from this point... More 

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Harrisville, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a public art junkie, the Wave Organ is a must visit. No matter the tide or the hour, views of the Bay including Alcatraz and the city skyline are beautiful. It is a great spot to have a picnic, take some panoramic photos, or just soak in the tranquility and sounds of the sea. Take care with... More 

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Thank ErinRI
Winter Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We heard about the wave organ and had some time to kill so we went to check it out - make sure you check the tides because it's meant to be heard during high tide. We happened to come at the lowest part of low tide and so the water didn't even reach the pipes. The sound of the waves... More 

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Thank Tiffanie P
West Chicago, il
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

If you have the time and inclination, stop by. We parked in the furthest lot not knowing what we were doing. We were there so early we probably could have parked much closer. You do have to traipse past the yacht club and down a long path to get to it. We could not hear much either, perhaps it needs... More 

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Thank Sara M
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

What it does depends on the sea - so I didn't get as much out of it as others may. But it was still fascinating and worth my time - I had a week to look around SF and it was part of a longer walk, I spent about 20min there. The sounds are interesting - I had to put... More 

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Thank Cos C
Duluth, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were so excited to go here and finally found it only to get there at the proper tide and hear NOTHING. All we heard was lapping waves through the pipes no "music" still disappointed

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The wave organ was a bit tricky for us to find. You have to walk down past the yacht club and there isn't much to see when you get there. A nice view of the bay and marina, but it doesn't take long to visit. The wave organ is a really cool idea and is interesting for music lovers and... More 

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Thank Alison C
Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Wave Organ is located by the Marina District and is an interestingly unique "out of the way" attraction! To be honest, the view is a bit more worth while than the actual wave organ experience. The structure was built by the Exploratorium science museum as a sculpture that created "musical sounds" with wind and tidal fluctuations by the bay.... More 

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Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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