From wildlife to Walt Disney, hiking to hanging out with the locals, San Francisco offers a buffet of family-friendly activities. Take a look at the toddler-friendly attractions, enjoy the best sightseeing with your teenagers, and drink in the stunning nature and wildlife of the area. This city is certainly a great destination for your next family holiday.
Travelling With Toddlers
Pier 39 is one of San Francisco’s most famous family destinations, and you’ll soon see why. With views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay and Alcatraz, this area is filled with family-friendly restaurants and eateries. When you’ve finished lunch, head to the waters’ edge to see the local sea lions chatting away and playing.
Battery Spencer Views of the Golden Gate
One of the best views in San Francisco, Battery Spencer is perched on a bluff at the north end of the bridge. For little kids, or if you’re short on time, there is a car park you can drive to for a short walk to the view. Or, if cycling across the bridge, the lookout adds about 10 minutes onto your ride.
Cruise Around On A Cable Car
Humming along the streets of San Fran since 1878, cable cars are a novel way to see the city sights, and perfect for the kids. Save money with a ride passport, which gives you unlimited rides for the time you’re in the city.
The San Francisco Zoo is the perfect place for a fun, educational family day in the city. Filled with animals from around the world, you can pick up a zoo key at the entrance to unlock interactive stories and learn about the species around the zoo. There’s also a children’s zoo, where kids can experience close encounters with some animals.
Alamo Park And The Painted Ladies
This iconic row of pastel Victorian houses is a postcard San Francisco photo. Head to Alamo Park across the street for the spectacular views downtown. Take a picnic or just let the kids play in the landscaped gardens.
Travelling With Tweens
Ride Around San Francisco
Bike riding is an excellent way to discover San Francisco with the family. You can ride to sites around much of the city centre, but be sure to cycle all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge. Iconic and exciting, the bridge ride is flat and fairly easy, but beware the winds can get cold.
Drive Through The Chandelier Tree
This one is pretty exciting for both kids and parents alike. A four-hour drive north of San Francisco, Chandelier Tree is large enough to drive a car through! Take a picnic lunch and explore the surrounding parkland with a hike, or visit for a few days to take in the picturesque local area.
Exploratorium and Tactile Dome
The perfect rainy day activity, the Exploratorium is an excellent science museum. The highlight is certainly the Tactile Dome, an interactive tour in complete darkness, where you must you your sense of touch to guide you through – fun for all the family!
Arguably the world’s most famous former prison, Alcatraz is a great day out for families, with kids as young as six able to follow along on the audio tour. The ferry across also happens to provide an excellent photo op of the city skyline. We recommend planning for about four hours on the island. But be sure to eat before you go, as no food is allowed on the island, only water.
Walt Disney Family Museum
From Walt Disney history to watching Disney classics, a learning centre and gallery exhibits, this interactive museum will impress everyone in the family!
Travelling With Teens
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in North America, and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Here the streets are a maze of delicious restaurants and quirky, unique stores teens will love to explore.
Off The Grid Events
Do like a true local and suss out an Off The Grid pop up event. From public picnics to live music and market style events, Off The Grid combines local food vendors, musicians and entertainment to get the family outdoors and give you a taste of living in San Francisco. Not strictly for teens, this could satisfy the whole family. Check out the Off The Grid website for upcoming events.
Lands’ End hike
Lands’ End is a rugged park along the coastline at the entrance of San Francisco Bay. The walk to Eagle’s Point is a short, level round trip of about three miles, ideal for smaller kids. If you’re travelling with older children however, there are multiple tracks winding around this beautiful headland.
For more information or to book a family holiday to San Francisco, speak to a Flight Centre Travel Expert today. Call 131 600 or visit your local Flight Centre store.