What to See and Do in San Francisco with Kids

What to See and Do in San Francisco with Kids

Traveling with your children to San Francisco can be lots of fun. San Francisco is a small city, yet boasts many different fun activities for children and adults alike. Children will be entertained by street performers which are plentiful in the area. There is plenty of shopping available, as well as Golden Gate Park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and the Wax Museum.
San Francisco's Beautiful Golden Gate Park Private Tour
* One of the most popular attractions in San Francisco is the Golden Gate Park. Not to be confused with an ordinary park, Golden Gate Park offers two museums, a Japanese Tea Garden, a children’s playground, and several man-made and natural lakes.

Each of the museums offers different exhibits. The California Academy of Sciences offers educational tours and exhibits on all living life from marine mammals to rainforest creatures. A planetarium is also available for an additional fee. The De Young Museum focuses on artwork that is not on display at any other location. For lunch, you can have a picnic on the park grounds. Several trails are also available for climbing and viewing the sites from above.

* Fisherman’s Wharf is a great area to visit as well. Children can explore submarines and view old World War II ships. From Pier 39 many trips can be taken, including one to Alcatraz Island that is only recommended for older children as the trip can be quite long.

San Francisco Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square

Bay cruises can be taken as well, for families to enjoy the view of San Francisco from the water. Along Fisherman’s Wharf is the famous Wax Museum which offers life-like wax replicas of many famous people and those only famous to San Francisco, as well as a replica of King Tut’s tomb. You can also enjoy tours of a long-standing family bakery and many outside eateries.

* If you have children who enjoy odd or weird encounters, a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not will be very entertaining. Ripley’s Believe It or Not offers many attractions which they claim to offer “facts that are stranger than fiction.” Ripley’s Museum showcases a cat with bionic legs that grew through the skin after a dramatic rescue attempt, a spaceship build-out of matchsticks, a mirror maze, and a large candy factory. With all of these attractions and more, you and your children are bound to have a blast!

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

Traveling in San Francisco with your children, there are many attractions for the entire family to enjoy. Take a visit to the Golden State Park where the attractions are endless, or take a stroll on Fisherman’s Wharf and view the many attractions and tours.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum offers an odd view into art and life. In addition, there are several shopping districts in which you can have fun as a family and visit some local eateries. There is a ton of fun to be had in San Francisco.

Top attractions in San Francisco

Here are some top attractions in San Francisco you could visit and enjoy. There are, of course, dozens of attractions and landmarks in San Francisco worth visiting and learning about the history of this amazing city.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that extends across the Golden Gate, the one-mile strait that separates San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is located about 2 kilometers offshore from San Francisco, California, United States, in San Francisco Bay. This small island was built from 1934 until 1963 with facilities for...

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the busiest tourist areas in town, on the northern waterfront. At every turn, souvenir shops and stalls that sell crab and clam chowder in sourdough...

San Francisco and The United States travel guides

Here are handy travel guides about San Francisco and the US so you can learn a thing or two about these destinations. For a comprehensive list of our travel guides, please visit our travel guides page.

San Francisco

San Francisco: Golden Gate and Golden City​

With its iconic and memorable beauty, San Francisco is wrapped in cultural attractions and filled with many globally known landmarks. To name a few: Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s...

Top hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco has dozens of hotels of various star ratings, together with other lodging solutions, such as guest houses, hostels, and Airbnb. Bellow are some top hotel recommendations from our website. For a general hotel search, check the form at the bottom of this page or our hotel booking page.

St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

Offering a full-service spa, indoor infinity pool and on-site restaurant, St. Regis San Francisco is situated in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. Each guest room comes with a flat-screen TV. Union...

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Stop at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco to discover the wonders of San Francisco, CA. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a...

Loews Regency San Francisco

Loews Regency San Francisco

Stop at Loews Regency San Francisco to discover the wonders of San Francisco, CA. The property offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of...

Cheap flights and hotels discounts for San Francisco

The peak season for flights to San Francisco is March, September and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is May, June and July.

San Francisco is served by San Francisco International Airport. Direct flights to San Francisco are offered by 49 airlines. Most flights are with Southwest Airlines. Direct flights from San Francisco, United States are airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Turkish Airlines and Southwest Airlines from New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston and Miami.

San Francisco and the US attractions and landmarks

Here are some of the most popular attractions and landmarks in San Francisco and in the US.

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Last Updated on November 13, 2022 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com

Last Updated on November 13, 2022 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com

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