Things to Do in San Francisco with Children

THE 10 BEST Family & Kid Activities in San Francisco

Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids

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  • Martin M
    Ireland155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic landmark of San Francisco and not to be missed, great photo opportunities from both sides of the bridge and I highly recommend it
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Venture754838
    Ingersoll, Canada425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We purchased the one day passport for $16 each. We took the cable car to just outside Fisherman’s Wharf. The weather was idyllic and we had the opportunity to see quite a lot during our ride.
    After spending the day in Fisherman’s Wharf, we lined up to take the cable car back to downtown San Francisco.
    Not sure why we had to wait so long to depart at both ends. Especially after being informed that it departs every 20 minutes.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK6,829 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is so much to see and do at Pier 39, from shopping, dining, amusements for children, wildlife, sea lions in particular and the pleasant walk along the docks and boardwalks.
    The ferris wheel was there when I visited, plus there are attractions such as Madame Tussaud and Ripley's Believe it or Not if that is your preference.
    The area can be very busy at peak times.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Steve F
    Sheffield, UK97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic to see in real life after seeing it in the movies.A good climb after getting off the open top Big Bus but so worth seeing one of most iconic streets in the world.Fantastic views also.We called for a coffee at Coffee Berry before getting back on the bus.
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • Lee L
    Woburn, MA29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dead and Company rocked the house in their final shows. The field gave way to 15000 fans in an overpacked music fest. Wonderful.
    Written 15 November 2023
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  • mesatraveler
    Mesa, AZ1,028 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You simply can't miss the Golden Gate Bridge and this is the best spot to wander at your own pace. Cross the bridge by car or on foot, then take in the scene from the park.
    Written 15 October 2023
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  • Ldiva001
    San Diego, CA82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The very best entertainment for any age. Every time I travel to SF I find time to visit the Exploratorium because there is so much to do with my granddaughters and I could never finish exploring the hands-on science exhibits that enthrall all of us. Good for ALL ages. I cannot say enough about the learning that happens while you spend the day. There is even a cafe. Easily take a day or two or .... Great place! Nice people working there.
    Written 21 December 2023
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  • Johnny Novo
    New York City, NY135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I hoofed it here from my hotel in SoMa, having really no idea what this place was and to be quite honest after doing a bunch of research I still don't really know ahahaha.

    I know it was built for the world fair in 1915 to exhibit works of art, but that being the only purpose had me skeptical. Like there is no real purpose or meaning to this thing and people talk about it like it's the Statue of Liberty or somethin. I don't know, I guess I like to be fake deep sometimes.

    I came locked and loaded, fully ready to hate on it but immediately understood when I arrived. The Palace appears out of nowhere and blindsides you with its beauty. The only comparison I can make is when you see one of those people in real life that has an ineffable natural beauty and aura and you get those little unexplainable butterflies flying around in your stomach. You can't help but appreciate it, you can't help but smile.

    I took my airpods out and snapped the case closed, pausing my Lofi-Sunday playlist as I just wanted to be fully present in the moment. Take in the energy, breathe in the air. As sad as it is to say, this is how I know I have a deep reverence for a place ahahaha.

    My boy, Bernard Maybeck SNAPPED on this, as he was trying to evoke a decaying ruin of ancient Rome and he captured that exact feeling. Architects need to get more shine. How do you even do that?!?! Especially in 1915 with no internet and likely limited resources. Bernard has all my respect ahaha.

    I've said it before, and I'll likely say it again: Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see.

    WE SEE YOU BERNARD!

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    Written 24 January 2024
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK6,829 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fisherman's Wharf feels like an add on to Pier 39 and is much smaller, but has an array of shops, restaurants and bars to suit everyone's taste and pocket.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Jonathan C.
    La Jolla, California, USA478 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great panoramic views of San Francisco and nice hikes on both peaks. Both paved roads and trails are available on the way up.
    Written 26 February 2024
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  • focusport22
    171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great museum on the life of Walt Disney and his family. They also have the train that was in Walt’s backyard.
    They touch upon the different decades and show a lot of things that people may not know about.
    Written 27 December 2023
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  • Trina D
    Orange County, CA792 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I took the bus from out hotel to Golden Gate Park on a rainy day to check out the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum. We didn't have tickets so we waited in line to get to the ticket window. While there, I was searching online for some possible discounts. Score! I found one and we were able to use it.

    They are still doing timed entry so we chose the next hour time slot to enter. We walked across to the de Young and got admission there as well. We wandered around looking at art before checking out the cafe. Once our time slot opened, we walked back over the the Academy to enter. It's huge! It was our first time and it was hard to decide on what to check out first. You definitely feel like a kid again with all that was going on. They have dinosaurs (natural history museum), a planetarium, an aquarium, and a rainforest. Oh my! We just picked a direction and headed to the aquarium. I saw a line for the planetarium and decided to put us in for a timeslot later that day. The aquarium is quite large. They have penguins, jellyfish, and loads of fish. We saw the albino alligator in the center enclosure. We weren't sure if it was real but he did move his arms. The dinosaur skeletons were the best. We saw a geode exhibit too. We didn't quite make it into the heart of the rainforest but we felt like we made a dent in what we saw. The California Academy of Sciences is ideal for your inner curious child or if you have kids they should go too. We had a great time. We also popped across back to de Young for more art while waiting on our planetarium timeslot and had no issues with reentry with our stamped hands.

    If you have a few hours to kill in SF, this is a great spot to check out. Definitely look for discounted admission because it'll save you some money too!
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Mecca M
    Atlanta, GA59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really enjoyed the Marketplace. The street vendors were just as interesting as the vendors with the storefront. You can purchase honey, wine clothing, oils, and more in this market place collective
    Written 26 February 2024
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  • Jane C
    Beauly, UK259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love finding out more about how things work, particularly when they are as historic as the cable cars in San Francisco. It's not a fancy museum, but it has all sorts of interesting things to see in there, including watching the cables in action. Definitely worth stopping to see it.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • ZenDark30
    Portland, OR2,473 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A close second to Fisherman’s wharf in terms of visitors, this 2 mile trail from Eagles Point to the USS San Francisco is on the top ten of San Francisco must dos.

    Along the way there are lots of scenic overlooks to taste the sea air and catch your breath. Interpretive signs tell stories of the wildlife, geology, natural and human history. Did I mention the Golden Gate Bridge views?

    If, you can, I dare you to keep pace with the multiple barges, freighters, and cruise ships.

    I recommend for families and anyone with a modicum level of fitness. There is one staircase otherwise terrain is fairly level.
    Written 7 September 2023
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