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This was a fascinating tour!! We had 3 more days in town, so we started with it in order to get the lay of the land. Our guide, Kevin, was so incredibly knowledgeable & was a perfect fit for what we wanted to accomplish. We traveled to & learned about places that we never would have thought of to check out. I can’t say enough about this great city & tour guide. It completely exceeded our expectations!!!
This tour was great! I wish we did it on our first day in SF instead of our last day, because our tour guide, Kevin, gave us so many suggestions for dinners & things to check out. I loved how we were able to take all the different forms of transit and see so many different things that you wouldn’t normally, if you were exploring on your own.
THE REAL DEAL
Our tour with Kevin was GREAT! He is a fabulous tour guide & shared all sorts of fun facts & hidden SF favorites. He didn’t rush us, but made sure the tour ran smoothly. His personality was extremely engaging & made the group feel like old friends. The tour was strategically designed to cover maximum highlights & built in breaks when we took public transit. This tour could not be any better!
BEST TOUR OF OUR USA TRIP
Tour is amazing. Our guide, Kevin, was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous & fun. He knows the insider tricks to get the best out of SF – from hidden stairwells, to lost tunnels, to the best street art. Also free fortune cookies :-). We got to ride historic cable cars, MUNI & BART. We got amazing views of the bay, hills, Golden Gate Bridge & many must-see sights, from unique vantage points beyond the reach of a bus tour. This tour is really good value – all transport is included.
10 Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids
For families coming to visit San Francisco deciding what to do here can often be a bit tricky. Do you choose activities that will appeal to mom and dad and make the kids tag along, complaining all the time? Or do you focus on child friendly excursions that can, frankly, get a bit boring for the parents? Probably a bit of both, right? Trust us, you can do way better than that. San Francisco is a family and child friendly destination with dozens of activities and attractions which will be entertaining for everyone in your group. In this list of the best things to do in San Francisco with kids we’ve broken it down to bring you our tried and trusted family favorites.
1. WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM
When people think of Disney and California, they usually think of Disneyland, near Los Angeles, but this museum is the best if you want to learn the personal history of Walt himself. There are some fabulous galleries, following his life and achievements from the beginning, in Missouri, all the way to the establishment of yes, you guessed it, Disneyland, and beyond.
2. BAY AREA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
It’s called a museum but think of it as a learning environment full of hands-on experiences and exhibits for the little ones. They’ll be occupied for hours, learning about the natural world, doing scientific experiments and trying as hard as they can to winch themselves up a pole. It’s a great, fun, safe and affordable experience for the whole family. It's also in a great location in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from downtown.
3. GOLDEN GATE PARK
This is another well located attraction. Golden Gate Park is full of things to occupy your kids, from the Japanese Tea House and Garden, to a windmill, to real American bison, to the Koret Children's Quarter and a historic carousel. You could easily spend whole day exploring the park - it's a must-do on our list of things to do in San Francisco with kids!
We explore the park, including some beautiful hidden spots, on our Golden Gate Park to the Haight tour (Children under 12 years old gain free entry).
4. CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Here's a great institution you can visit that's actually inside Golden Gate Park. From it you can explore deep sea, deep space and everything in between, all from the safety of the Bay Area. There's an aquarium, a planetarium, a rainforest and, whisper it, sleepovers (shhh!). Pretty much any child - and most parents - can find something to interest them here.
5. CHILDREN'S CREATIVITY MUSEUM
Your children are creative - as you've undoubtedly noticed whenever they're making an excuse for doing something they shouldn't have, or trying to get you to let them do something you don't want them to, so why not channel and develop that creativity? This is a great attraction, right in the heart of downtown, which is designed to build creative confidence in children aged 2-12 years old.
6. SAN FRANCISCO ZOO
What kid doesn't like the zoo? In the past some children might have been concerned to see wild animals being kept in small, contained spaces etc, but most zoos nowadays have extensive conservation programs, including of course the San Francisco Zoo, In addition to the animals there are talks, feedings, rides and tours. This could easily be a day trip.
7. MISSION DOLORES PARK
"Encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks, the vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood. Here you’ll find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash dog play areas. Yes. Many festivals, performances and other cultural events are also held here". Sounds good, right?
8. CABLE-CAR MUSEUM
An icon of San Francisco, everyone wants to travel on one of our cable-cars, so what could be better than learning all about them at this amazing museum, right in the historic Nob Hill neighborhood? This is not to be missed.
9. CRISSY FIELD
Located in a beautiful spot, right on the bay, near the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field has state of the art, green education facility consists of classrooms, labs, and gathering spaces for youth enrolled in the Center’s camps, field trips, and programs. Why not see if you can sign the little ones up before you come? Or just turn up and enjoy the wetlands, exhibits and views.
10. AQUARIUM OF THE BAY
Perennially popular with kids, an Aquarium is usually a win for all the family. This one's no different as parents and children can enjoy the exhibits, present their noses up against the glass and discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life. Could we have saved the best until last with our list? You decide!
If you have any feedback on our list of things to do in San Francisco with kids, or if you have some recommendations of your own, please email us and let us know. We’ll be sure to take it into account.
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