Family Fun in San Francisco



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San Francisco has plenty of fun-filled family adventures in store, ranging from the cultural to the natural to the nighttime entertainment variety. And the best part? These family-friendly attractions are guaranteed to delight people of all ages.

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Author: Jessica Mordo


Day 1 - San Francisco


Take a Cable Car from Powell and Market streets all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. Tons of good, clean, family fun can be had in the way of The Wharf’s maritime history, unique museums, abundant seafood, and souvenir shopping. The Wharf is also the jumping off point for visiting the notorious former penitentiary on Alcatraz Island, a definite can’t-miss SF experience.


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Cable Cars

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Location:

401 Van Ness
(between Golden Gate and Grove Sts) Admin Offices
San Francisco, CA 94102

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tel: (415) 673-6864
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Fisherman's Wharf

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Location:

The Embarcadero
Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: (415) 956-3493
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Alcatraz Island

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Location:

Embarcadero and Powell St
(Pier 39)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Contact:

tel: (415) 705-5555
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Day 2 - San Francisco


The Exploratorium boasts tantalizing—and super fun—exhibits that will keep you and your little ones engaged for hours on end. Then take an unforgettable walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for unparalleled views of the city and the bay. The quaint Marin town of Sausalito is just on the other side of the bridge and awaits with its cute shops, art galleries, and delicious scoops of Lappert’s ice cream.


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The Exploratorium

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3601 Lyon Street
In the Palace of Fine Arts (at Marina Blvd.)
San Francisco, CA 94123

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tel: (415) 561-0360 / (415) 397-5673
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Golden Gate Bridge

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Location:

Lincoln Blvd & Hwy 1
Hwy. 101 N
San Francisco, CA 94129

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tel: (415) 921-5858
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Day 3 - San Francisco


Ready for the great outdoors? One day in Golden Gate Park is never enough, as it not only contains the California Academy of Sciences, but it also boasts endless nooks and crannies for open-air fun, as well as natural wonders at the Conservatory of Flowers and the Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Garden. When the sun goes down, enjoy raucous, delicious, family-style Italian dining at Bucca di Beppo.


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Golden Gate Park

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Location:

Stanyan & Fulton Sts
(Great Highway at Fulton St)
San Francisco, CA 94118

Contact:

tel: (415) 831-2700
fax: +1 415 581 2540
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Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Location:

9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122

Contact:

tel: (415) 661-1316
fax: +1 415 661 7427
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Conservatory of Flowers

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Location:

JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94117

Contact:

tel: (415) 666-7001
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Buca di Beppo - San Francisco

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Location:

855 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Contact:

tel: (415) 543-7673
fax: (415) 543-1209
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Day 4 - Mill Valley, Point Reyes Station, San Francisco


Up north, the other-worldly beauty of California redwoods adorns the walking paths of Muir Woods National Monument. Alternatively, you can spend hours upon hours discovering thousands of native plant and animal species on trails, in tide pools, and from ocean bluffs at Point Reyes National Seashore. Cap off your explorations with an evening of movies, games, fun shops, and a affordable gourmet food court at the San Francisco Metreon entertainment complex.


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Muir Woods National Monument

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Location:

Muir Woods Rd and Camino Del Cyn
(Follow signs from Hwy 101 N)
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Contact:

tel: (415) 388-2595
fax: (415) 389-6957
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Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center

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Location:

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Contact:

tel: (415) 464-5100
fax: (415) 663-8132
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Metreon Entertainment Center

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Location:

101 Fourth Street
(at the corner of Mission Street)
San Francisco, CA 94104

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tel: (800) 638-7366
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