If you are looking for a local day of adventure, there are tons of family-friendly spots all over the Bay Area. From spots where only the locals go, to tourist spots that the kids will love, there are so many things to do in the Bay Area with kids.Less
Kids will love walking down the steep, zig zag street known as America's crookedest street! With eight hairpin turns down one block, this street will delight your littles to no end.
Families will love this spot that is an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, all under one “living” roof. Right in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is full of animals, art, science and more. Don't miss visiting Claude, the albino alligator!
Discover San Francisco's iconic bridge by foot or on bike. Enjoy majestic, sweeping views of the Bay, marvel at the engineering feat that merged Marin with San Francisco and decide for yourself if the bridge's whistling sounds are eerie or romantic.
SF's iconic pier has a merry-go-round, musical staircase, 3D rides and lots of other adventures to be had. Head to the end of the pier to check out the sea lions and stop by the Sea Lion Center to learn about their history at the pier. There are plenty of restaurants here and you won't want to miss DOUGHP, the cookie dough shop!
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a tour of Alcatraz! One of the most notorious penitentiaries housing the likes of Al Capone, Alcatraz island is reached by a ferry and even more interesting at night so consider a night tour.
A national monument at the mouth of the Golden Gate, Land's End is a rocky, wind-swept shoreline offering hiking trails with unparalled views of the Bay. Start at Land's End Eagle Point, make sure to stop at the Labryinth and end at the Sutro Bath ruins. During winter months, whales are often spotted migrating in nearby waters so keep an eye out for those spouts!
The country's oldest and largest Chinatown is not only rich in history but culture. Stop by the fortune cooking bakery for a demonstration and sample! Most tourists stick to Grant Street and its shops but wandering off into the alleys and side streets will offer a glimpse into the authentic community. Try a little of both for a complete experience.
Across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, this museum encourages creative play through their interactive and hands-on exhibits. Be sure to check out Lookout Cove with its tide pools plus gorgeous views of the city and bridge.
An experience that is uniquely San Francisco is a cable car ride. Many find that the Powell-Hyde line is the most exciting trip and we agree. This route will take you past Union Square, Nob Hill, Lombard Street and Coit Tower all while offering views of Alcatraz Island (on a clear day).
Historic Coit tower has been an emblem of the city since its construction in 1933 and an elevator up to the top provides stunning panoramic views of the city and bay.