Looking to travel to San Francisco with kids?  Below is a list of kid friendly places and activities we would recommend in San Francisco.  Kid tested, parent approved!

THE TROLLEY:

Hands down the best activity in San Francisco for kids!  Pick up the famous Trolley car in Fisherman’s Wharf and go for a ride around town.  Stops include Union Station, Chinatown and Lombard Street before bringing you back to Fisherman’s Wharf.  During the month of August, Trolley rides are free to all!

CHINATOWN:

Did you know San Francisco has one of the largest Chinatowns in the United States?  Enter Chinatown through the Dragon gate near Union Station to walking up Grant Avenue for this lantern covered street.  Make a stop at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for a glimpse at the inner workings of fortune cookie making.  Buy a box as a souvenir or snack!

Chinatown also has an impress assortment of street murals scattered through the district.

ALCATRAZ TOUR:

Take a tour of the famous island prison, Alcatraz.  The ferry (included in your ticket purchase) will pick up from Pier 33 and shuttle visitors back and forth from the island.  Made famous due to several of it’s high profile prisoners including Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, Alcatraz was a harsh prison assignment and given to those who were deemed problem inmates.

All ticket purchases come with an self guided audio tour of the prison itself.  The prison cells involved in the “Great Escape” are staged to give visitors a complete picture of the break out attempt.  

PIER 39:

Pier 39 is definitely a tourist trap but a fun one! Lined with shops, restaurants, rides and games, Pier 39 is located along the waterfront in Fisherman’s Wharf.  The end of the pier is like a carnival with a carousal, cotton candy machine, snack vendors and an adult ride called gravity.  But be prepared for high prices!  One carousal ridge was $7 a person.

Make sure to check out the seals lounging on the docks beside Pier 39.  They put on quite the show while we were watching and the small human loved every second!  Another great spot in San Francisco for kids! 

Fog Harbor is a great option for dinner on the pier.  An upscale seafood restaurant, Fog Harbor has amazing views of the harbor and Alcatraz.  Make sure to try sourdough bread, clam chowder and cioppino (seafood stew).

GHIRADELLI SQUARE:

If you are looking for a sweet treat, Ghiradelli Square is your stop!  Located at the end of Fisherman’s Wharf is the Ghiradelli chocolate factory and restaurant.  Be prepared for long lines to sample the sweets, but the sundaes are worth it!   The shop is filled with chocolate souvenir options perfect to bring home to friends and family.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE:

San Francisco’s fog can make seeing the Golden Gate Bridge a rarity while visiting the city.  However, if you are fortunate enough to have a clear day, drive down El Camino Del Mar Street towards Bakers Beach and Lands End for incredible views.  Along the drive, there are several places to pull off to snap a picture.  

On a return trip, we would love to rent bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.

GOLDEN GATE PARK:

Located in the heart of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is huge, spanning over 1,000 acres!   Several notable spots in this sprawling park: the windmills, Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, Beach Chalet restaurant, Stow Lake with paddle boats and the carousel near Koret Playground (where we spent majority of our visit to the park!)

ALMO SQUARE:

Are you a Full House fan?  If so, Almo Square will look very familiar as it served as the backdrop of the opening credits of the show.  The beautiful park is a perfect place for a picnic or afternoon stroll.  The English tudor style houses line the side streets

Looking to extend your vacation in the area?  Yosemite National Park is a 3 hour drive away and a great add on to any trip to the San Francisco area.  Check out our Guide to Yosemite and Review of Rush Creek Lodge from more ideas to extend your vacation.

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