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Portsmouth Square

Portsmouth Square
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Type of Attraction
Neighborhoods, City Parks & Gardens
Interests That Apply
Local Culture
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required Busy/High traffic
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Available
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Portsmouth Square

Historical Site in Chinatown

Washington and Kearny Sts
San Francisco, CA 94108


Located smack dab in the center of Chinatown, Portsmouth Square is a collection of several commemorative plaques, statues, and historical sites. Formerly the site of a Mexican Pueblo named Yerba Buena, Portsmouth Square was the site where the first American flag was hoisted. Today visitors can watch locals practice Tai Chi, play chess, and occasionally gather for weddings and other events. Most likely, however, visitors will appreciate Portsmouth Square for one of its more mundane qualities--it houses a four-story parking garage, from which you can begin your tour of Chinatown.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: Probably the best parking in Chinatown is located at Portsmouth Square.

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