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These 5 Abandoned Places In San Francisco Are Absolutely Haunting

The booming tech economy means a lot of former abandoned places (like creepy hospitals in the Presidio, the Transbay Terminal, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and the Fleishhacker Pool) have mostly been taken over by real estate developers (or the SF Zoo for that last one). It also means high rent and plenty of empty storefronts and countless “Retail for Lease” signs. But there are some especially haunting abandoned places in San Francisco worth a little more exploration. Some require a ferry, while others simply require some serious nerve.

Have you explored any of these historical spots? What other abandoned places in San Francisco do you find totally haunting?

Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (