San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites
Top Kid Friendly Sites
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #1 Bay Aquarium
Visit first thing in the morning to have less crowds as this world class museum. See lots of colorful sea creatures and have fun with interactive activities. Walk through the clear tunnels which give everyone a close up view of fish and sharks all around you! Kids love animals and this aquarium is not to be missed!
Open daily except for Christmas Day. Admission: Adults $ 24.95, Seniors and Children (4-12) $14.95, Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children) $70.
Use the San Francisco CityPass to save money on the tickets
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #2 San Francisco Science Museum
Not just any museum….the MOST visited museum in all of San Francisco. If you only have one museum on your itinerary..make sure it is this one! Why is it so special? There is lot offered here: planetarium, four story rainforest, an aquarium and a natural history museum. See fish, tree frogs, and dinosaur skeletons all in one place. The newest exhibit is the earthquake exhibit – a perfect spot to feel what it’s like in a real earthquake – fearlessly!
Open daily except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Admission: Adults $35, Senior, Student and Youth (12-17) $29.95, Child (4-11) $24.95 and Children under 3 are free.
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #3 Musee Mechanique
Do you have any video gamers in your family? Give them a taste of what gaming used to look like back in the day! You’ll find some really old coin operated machines from the 1800s and Pac Man things from the more recent past. Free to go in, but bring your coins to play the games.
Open 365 days a year!
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #4 Segway Tours
Have you tried the Segway? It looks hard but within a minute you’ll get the hang of it. Great way to see the sights without having to walk. Even the most jaded kid who dislikes ‘boring’ sight seeing will be thrilled with this! You’ll be a rock star to your tweens with this idea! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because in essence you’ll be standing in one spot.
Lots of tours to choose from with different prices. Minimum age to ride a segway is 12.
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #5 Golden Gate Bridge
The bridge is really a sight to behold and one of the most recognized places in the world! When we were there is was quite foggy and if that is the case for you, the best way to see the bridge is to walk across! Rent a bike in the Fisherman’s Wharf area if that is more fun for your crew! Enjoy a peek at the outdoor museum before you walk across to learn how the bridge works. VERY boy friendly fun.
Cross the bridge anytime between 5 am – 6:30 am.
NOT allowed: animals except service animals, roller blades, skate boards, and roller skates, electric bikes, small scooters
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #6 Enjoy a boat ride!
Do your travelers include a teen? Tweens and teens can be hard sells for some sightseeing activities. This one is made for kids that age.
Rocketboat Ride – This 30 minute ride takes the boat up to 55 mph! Prices: Adult $28, Senior $24, Junior (ages 12-18) $24, Child (5-11) $20
Interested in a water journey at a more relaxed pace? Ride past the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the breathtaking San Francisco skyline. Consider seeing this at the beginning of your trip to get your bearings.
San Francisco Bay Cruise – Several choices for cruise lengths!
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #7 Muir Woods
Feeling like you have been shrunken to aunt size under the world’s biggest trees is truly a magical experience. Kids and grown ups alike are amazed getting to walk among the Coastal Redwood trees. An absolutely MUST see. Hiking is an option, too.
Open 365 days a year! Adults $10 and children under 15 are FREE.
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #8 Ride a Red Fire Engine!
Kids of all age will be delighted with this rare opportunity to ride in a real fire engine! The tour takes you through the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio, and over one of the world’s MOST recognized sites – the Golden Gate Bridge. Pose in front of the bridge for photos to show the friends back home. Really cool experience for the whole family!
75 minute tour with maximum of 13 persons. Kiddos must have an adult present.
Prices: Adult $55, Youth (13-14) $45, Child (2-12) $35 and Infants (0-2) $20.
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #9 Fortune Cookie Factory
Have you ever wondered how the little slip of paper gets into the cookie? Well, now you can find out! This factory has been making cookies to ship the world over since 1962. Stop by to see how it all works and pick up a fortune cookie for yourself!
San Francisco – Top Kid Friendly Sites – #10 Alcatraz
Wondering if a prison is a family friendly things to see on vacation? Well, it sure is! No worries about keeping kiddos quiet. The little ones love the ferry over to it and the freedom to be a kid. The older ones will love the stories of how the prison from which no one could ever escape….turned out to have several people do just that! Parents will enjoy the interesting history of the island which was once a lighthouse, once a US fort, and once occupied by Indians of All Tribes.
Reserve ahead of time with Alcatraz Cruises. Slots fill up.
California has much to offer for a family trip! Plan for the perfect family adventure!
If you are heading to the Golden State of California, you’ll want tips on planning the perfect adventure!!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist