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16th Avenue Steps

16th Avenue Steps
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Type of Attraction
City Parks & Gardens, Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Art
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Stairs
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Not Available
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16th Avenue Steps

16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project

Beautiful Staircase Mosaic

Off The Beaten Path

Moraga Street
(between 15th and 16th Aves)
San Francisco, CA 94122


The 16th Avenue Steps feature a beautiful tile mosaic covering 163 steps with imaginative fish, water, and animal imagery. This celebration of color was a group effort; San Francisco artists Aileen Barr and Collette Crutcher gave guidance to over 300 neighbors who helped with the project. In addition, over 220 individuals donated handmade tiles to produce the innovative work of community art. But this San Francisco original is not just a celebration of local talent--it's also a demonstration of San Francisco's unique (and often preposterous) topography. This is one of the city's many dizzying climbs that you won't forget.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: The mosaic on the stairs is best viewed during daylight hours.
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with little or no covering. Notes: The stairs have non-slip tiles on them in case it is raining.

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: Automobile/Car Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Limited

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