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Wave organ, ocean music

If you’re a musician, San Francisco’s Wave Organ equates to a John Cage experience - not a... read more

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Fascinating hidden gem

I wouldn’t have known about this is it wasn’t for a city local. I think it was a really nice... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re a musician, San Francisco’s Wave Organ equates to a John Cage experience - not a traditional instrument but rather a structure tuned in to the music of the sea. I walked from Ghirardelli Square to the site and saw absolutely no signage along...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank OverRipeUnderDone
Reviewed December 27, 2018

This was one of our favorite stops on our bike ride around San Francisco! The tide was high and the sounds were fascinating! It is quite a way out on the point, but the ride is gorgeous!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Funhaving
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

This attraction is at the end of a little harbour, definitely wasn’t what I expected though. Various pipes in rock down into ocean supposed to make noises, hense being called the wave organ. Basically get more noises just listening to the waves. Maybe we went...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RossJG
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

I wouldn’t have known about this is it wasn’t for a city local. I think it was a really nice place. The placement was a bit secluded. So was not many people that was there. It was a nice and quiet place. You could listen...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank thorn133
Reviewed November 2, 2018

*Good: -Interesting (when the tide is high) -Beautiful scenery -Can be peaceful if not too crowded *Bad: -Small, underwhelming -Not well maintained (there was urine smell...)

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KimKlein
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

It's a long walk to get here, or a taxi ride, and while the view is nice there won't be any music unless the tide is high-ish - so check this before you go. It's a cool idea, but silent at low tide...

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

I read this in a paper one day and was inspired to come. It’s not good on a calm or cold day, but really cool when the water is active. Easy to miss, by Chrissy fields up against the marina.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I reccomend this as a free easy place to show the kids as something to do in San Francisco. These Organ stretch into the bay and as the ocean currents move it sends its sounds up these pipes. So you have the kids moving from...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Travel_Bug_Bitten
Reviewed July 18, 2018

We walked 45 minutes to hear the wave organ - which is a very cool concept and was interesting to see....but we didn't know that we should plan around high tide. At low tide, you only hear the water coming into the pipes and no...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Kelly B
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Yes high tide will give you the best sound but you’ll miss the tiny crabs and seeing exactly how this works. At high tide you don’t get to see the pipes coming in that allow the sounds to come up. So yes, high tide will...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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April 29, 2018|
Response from Christopher P | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it will be very dark and cold because it is literally surrounded by the water all around. Midnight may not be as safe as during the day because you will have to walk for a while before you can reach the wave organ. If... More
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Zach D | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is wheelchair accessible. I didn't notice where the handicapped parking was located. We walked a ways from our parking spot, because the public parking was farther away than the parking for the yacht club. There were... More
September 19, 2015|
Response from Cultured_Jewel | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea how it is working now. But, when it does work it kind of sounds like a flushing toilet. I have no idea buses. But, it is quite a long walk from the sidewalk. It is at the very end of the little spit of... More
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Itinerary comments requestions, questions included (6 Replies)
Hi: 13 y.o. son and I in SF for 5 nights at a rental in the Marina. !st 2 days will be spent with a friend of mine who will stay with us overnight, who will have her car. Day 1- Drop off luggage at rental, where we have use of bikes, even before official rental entry time. Drop off friend's car at parking garage. Cycle to and explore various piers, sea lions, Musée Mecanique, Maritime museums, etc. Settle into our rental, shop for food. Supper Japantown. (Q: Anywhere good for lunch around...More
April 25, 2014|
Response fromMadeleine M|
<<Q: Anywhere good for lunch around touristy FW?)>> Codmother Fish & Chips food truck (with out door seating) on Jones between Beach and Jefferson. Buena Vista isn't bad but there's usually quite a line (I've only been for breakfast). <<Q: Is Sausalito worth a visit if it's too early for lunch?>> I think so. It's a pretty, quaint place with housing climbing up the hill ala Positano. Nice views of the city from the open walk along Bridgeway. A few little shops and galleries. Won't take...More
Calgary, Canada
Dad's Tour Day in SF (7 Replies)
Greetings We are a family of four (kids 14 & 12) visiting SF between Aug 24 & 28. We have booked a SF to Sausalito bike ride (Mom), as Segway tour of Golden Gate Park (Son), and the Rock (Daughter). That leaves my day to see the stuff I want. We are staying, like so may other posters, at Fisherman's Wharf. I want to go to Haight/Ashbury, Harvey Milk Plaza/575 Castro, plus these optional stops: Chinatown, Japantown, Lombard Street (just 'cuz), the Fillmore, the Wave Organ (may be part of...More
August 12, 2017|
Response fromSFSusan|
>>I want to go to Haight/Ashbury, Harvey Milk Plaza/575 Castro, plus these optional stops: Chinatown, Japantown, Lombard Street (just 'cuz), the Fillmore, the Wave Organ (may be part of one of the tours), and anything else that catches our fancy.<< I suppose I'd start with the Haight, then the Castro. Put the rest in priority order, locate them on a map, and there's your itinerary. You don't have time to add anything, that's for sure! >>Do we get the three-day transit pass?<< That depends...More
Overland Park Kansas
The Wave Organ (5 Replies)
On another post I read about the wave organ which is near the San Francisco Yacht Club. I read that it is in Bellvadere Ca. Is this near San Francisco? And is there muni transport access? What is a wave organ? I looked it up in the search forum but found very little to go on. Thanks in advance! bay66
October 31, 2006|
Response frommposin|
The wave organ consists of some pipes embedded in the cement at the end of the jetty which forms the yacht harbor at the west end of the Marina Green. This is in San Francisco, not across the bay in the residential community of Belvedere. Belvedere is, however, a pleasant enough place for a stroll. It can be reached by taking the ferry to Tiburon, and walking west. The organ is hardly exciting enough for a special trip, but rather an interesting little something to watch for if you happen to...More