Perfect San Francisco Visit for Families with Kids

Bringing your family to San Francisco? Great! There are plenty of kid-friendly activities and neighborhoods, and of course, places to eat. San Francisco is a photogenic paradise and the best possible backdrop for family photos.

Begin Day 1 in Union Square, where shopping abounds. From here, it’s a short walk to the South of Market (SOMA) area, home to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center. Kids under 18 are always free. Afterward, head north on Third St. to Geary Blvd., hop on the #38 Muni Bus and head to Japantown for lunch.

After lunch, you have a couple of options. To the northwest, after passing through more shopping spots in Haight Ashbury is Golden Gate Park with its many museums and natural wonders or to the south of San Francisco, where family fun can be had at the San Francisco Zoo and then further South of San Francisco are the beaches of Pacifica, the Winchester Mystery House, and go-carts.

Day 2 begins at Fisherman’s Wharf, with its variety of great eateries and activities for everyone.  Then hop on a cable car, which will take you to the top of Lombard Street, where you and the kids can marvel at the Crookedest Street. After your ride, shop for souvenirs in Chinatown or sample some Italian food in North Beach. Either way, be sure to squeeze in a visit to Coit Tower – the kids will love the murals! Nob Hill is close by and is an excuse to ride a different cable car line. Another option is Embarcadero Center, home to the Ferry Building and the Exploratorium. Had enough of shopping and other urban pleasures?

If you opted for a southern jaunt on Day 1, today you can relax and enjoy the variety of sights (including museums) at Golden Gate Park. Finish the day with a Pacific sunset viewed from the Golden Gate Bridge.