No matter what industry you’re in, creative fatigue can have its way with your workflow.  You might just need a quick change of scenery – but getting eyes on inspiring art or spending time in nature can also do the trick! Here are 5 inspiring places in San Francisco to help you get your creative energy flowing: 

From its gardens, lakes, and meadows to its museums and wildlife, Golden Gate Park is filled with a myriad of attractions to fill your creative spirit.  Biking through gorgeous park trails, spending some time with your favorite book on hippie hill, or pedal boating on one of the park’s ten lakes are just a few of the creativity-boosting activities at your disposal.  The park is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge.  Hours and costs vary for its attractions, but you can visit their website for more info here: https://goldengatepark.com

Speaking of park attractions, located within Golden Gate Park just off of Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive is the de Young Museum.  Founded in 1895, it is one of San Francisco’s oldest and most essential art institutions.  Its collections range from 17th century classic pieces to more contemporary works, and even fashion exhibitions! Admission to the museum is $15, and hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30am-5:15pm. For more information on current exhibitions and special events, visit their website at https://deyoung.famsf.org

Another creativity-boosting staple is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  It boasts a huge collection of modern photography, pop art, and American abstract work, as well as paintings and sculptures from 1900 to now.  A must-see for anyone looking to gain exposure to works of art that can provide creative insight and inspiration.  Hours for the museum are Friday-Tuesday from 10am-5pm and Thursday from 10am-9pm, and admission is $25.  To plan your visit, check out their website: https://www.sfmoma.org

A veritable heaven-on-earth for artists and art appreciators alike, Park Life is your one-stop shop for local artwork, books, and gifts.  There is nothing like seeing our contemporaries sweetly filling a creative space to inspire us to put the pedal to the metal.  And just a few miles away is the Park Life Gallery, which only features work by local artists! Not only will you be inspired, but it’s a potential opportunity, for those of us who are artistically inclined, to show their work! Store hours are 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday.  The Gallery is open from 12pm-6pm Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment.  For more info, here is their website: https://parklifestore-webstore.com

Balmy Alley, a block of murals located in San Francisco’s Mission District, is the best place in SF to see a growing collection of socially conscious paintings done by local artists.  In the mid-80’s, artists began painting murals in the alley to express their outrage towards the political and human rights issues evolving in Central America, and, while the murals are frequently changing, artists today still use the space to express their feelings on a variety of subjects.  The alley is available for viewing 24/7, 365, free of admission.  

If you’re not in San Francisco, be sure to check out our features on where to find creative inspiration in Los Angeles and NYC. And, if you have a place that inspires you that isn’t on our radar, let us know!  We’d be happy to feature it in our next roundup of the top spots to get creative.