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13 Best Places To Have A Good Cry In San Francisco

By Ashlyn Davis

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Here are the perfect places to ball your eyes out in the city

Go on, let it all out! Crying is not only the most human thing you can do, but it’s also a true showcase of bravery. And most importantly it’s also good for your health.

According to Medical News Today, crying relieves stress by expelling stress hormones and excess toxins from the body, it cleans your eyes out, lowers blood pressure and releases oxytocin and endorphins – the stuff that makes you feel happy again. On top of all that, you’ll get the deepest sleep you’ve had in months – totally worth looking like you’ve had a severe reaction to shellfish at work the next day.

So if the world is just getting a bit too much for you, these are the best places to have a cry in public in San Francisco.

1. BART train

 

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There’s always a sense of detachment on rush-hour commutes, but on top of that, there’s the deafening high-pitched noise of the train that will drown out the sound of the messiest of cries.

2. The airport

 

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Wave goodbye to strangers at departures. You may get a few odd looks but that will only last a couple of minutes until the next batch of travelers come along.

3. Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption

 

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Pull into a pew and join others in their mourning and pain. Every self-respecting person will leave you in peace. The setting is also incredibly beautiful and calming.

4. California Academy of Sciences (the aquarium)

 

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Museums of any kind are always a safe bet, most onlookers will write it off as a natural reaction to the profound beauty of whatever artwork you have before you. So why the Academy of Sciences then? Because you have the option of staring into the cold unjudging eyes of fish in a darkened environment. If anyone does take notice, they’ll probably assume you’re expressing regret for even considering a seafood platter. Additionally, there’s the planetarium which couldn’t be more ideal.

4. The Great Northern

 

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There’s so much demanding everyone’s attention in the Great Northern, that there’s no chance anyone will even notice. You can stand still and shower yourself with tears and everyone will just assume you’ve been having such a good time that you’re drenched in sweat. Once you’re done, who knows, you may even have yourself a good time.

5. Anywhere in the Presidio

 

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Take any one of the trails or head to the beach and cry your heart out surrounded by nature.

6. O’keefe’s Bar

 

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No BS, just straight-up hard liquor to dilute the pain. Annie, the owner, might even lend you her ear or give you a warm welcome with a round of shots.

7. Balboa Theatre

 

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Pick the latest drama showing, load up on popcorn and cola and let the waterworks show begin.

8. Pet Cemetary

 

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Where cemeteries are concerned, it’s generally more acceptable to cry over an adorable pet you didn’t know than a grandmother you didn’t know. You’re expected to cry here unless you have no soul.

9. The Japanese Tea Gardens

 

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Plenty of serene hiding spots to let out a good cry.

10. Sutro Baths (or anything with water)

 

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Water is the best way to mask tears, especially in a whole sea of them, but if you can’t find a water aerobics class then looking at vast amounts of it is the next best thing. The tranquility of water is always soothing too.

11. On the pier with the sea lions

 

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Head to your favorite pier and let your sobbing merge with the symphony of the teary-eyed sea lions.

12. LinkedIn building

 

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The controversial building is considered architectural blasphemy. Many consider the soulless facade to be a towering representation New Yorkers designing for The City. Therefore, you are fully entitled to have a good cry and no one will bat an eyelid.

13. A parking lot in Silicon Valley

 

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Yes, this actually exists and Elon claims there are even preorders for the vehicle that should really be dubbed the “monster truck”. We’re assuming this design crime can only be buzzing (silently) around Silicon Valley and few obscure parts of the world. So, if you spot one, it would be completely understandable to shed a few tears.

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