San Francisco With The Kids!
This is the rare city that has so much to offer children of all ages (and adults too). Take a look at all there is to do in this fascinating place.
Exploratorium – a hands-on museum with fun exhibits like “the Science of Baseball”. Afterwards, go watch a game at the At&T park where the views are fantastic.
Chinatown – The largest outside of Asia, this is an interesting place to eat, shop for cheap souveniers and make cross-cultural connections.
Cable cars – The favorite route is the Powell-Hyde line which passes the crooked Lombard Street and ends near Ghirardelli Square (chocolate, anyone?). Also along the line is the famous Swenson’s Ice Cream that opened in 1948. Visit the operational powerhouse for a neat behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics and history. And several mornings a week there are free guided walking tours.
Golden Gate Park – check out the gardens, pedal boats, California Academy of Sciences, and the bison pen. Throw in some picnic supplies and enjoy a day outdoors.
San Francisco Zoo – Who doesn’t love a zoo?
Alcatraz – Once a prison, this is reached by boat (fun in itself). Then take the tour through the cell blocks and listen to the stories about Al Capone and the Birdman.
Angel Island – From Pier 41, hop a ferry to the largest island in the bay, rent some bikes or take a hike. The beaches are nice and there is a tour by tram.
Ferry Building – This center was totally renovated. The building (dates from 1898) has restaurants, specialty food shops, a farmers’ market and a wine shop. Pick up your picnic supplies and head over to Angel Island or Golden Gate Park.
Sausalito – Just a ferry ride across the bay but worlds away, filled with art galleries and quiet streets. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is also here with a train room, art studios and play areas. Great for a rainy day or when mommy is tired.
Randall Museum – Every Saturday there is a program called “Meet the Animals”. Come and pet a snake, feed a turtle, play with the rabbits. (Starts at 11:15.)
Fire Department Museum – Check out the equipment, like an 1810 engine.
With kayaking along the waterfront, great ethnic restaurants, museums for all interests and plenty of history, San Francisco should be on everyone’s bucket list.