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Julie
Atlanta

San Francisco

Best activities for kids

Planning 2 days in April with 2 active boys. Looking for suggestions of things to do.


19 Answers

top answer by
Sandra from Santa Cruz

Don't know the ages of your boys---SF Giants baseball game and/or tour of AT& T ball park. The Exploratorium at The Embarcadero. Walking around Fisherman's Wharf and http://www.madametussauds.com/SanFrancisco/ and Ghiradelli Square for ice cream. The National Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, also the Japanese Tea Garden. San Francisco Chinatown is fun, too. There are many more activities such as renting bikes and riding across the Golden Gate Bridge, etc. Have fun!


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  1. Exploratorium (attraction)
  2. The Embarcadero (attraction)
  3. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  4. Japanese Tea Garden (attraction)
  5. San Francisco Chinatown (attraction)
  6. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
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answered by
Victor from Los Angeles

Definitely the Exploratorium. Great exhibits and lots of hands on things that they boys can play with and not have to worry about trying not to break things.

Some great parks - Try the Presidio Heights Playground - super fun and very friendly area.

Walk The Embarcadero starting at about Folsom street and walk towards the Ferry Building. A great culinary adventure awaits a good walk.

Bay Area Discovery Museum - just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Super fun for kids of all ages.

Golden Gate Park - specifically the carousel and slides park.


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  1. Exploratorium (attraction)
  2. The Embarcadero (attraction)
  3. Ferry Building (attraction)
  4. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  5. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  6. Presidio Heights Playground (attraction)
  7. Bay Area Discovery Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Carina from San Francisco

All of the above suggestions have some awesome spot for rambunctious young ones. I also want to suggest the  San Francisco Zoo. They always house a unique variety of animals that your boys aren't neccessarily bound to see at any other zoo- I still remember that I saw my first and only white alligator there when I was a kid. That stuck with me!

Your boys may also get a lot of entertainment from riding the  Cable Cars. Not only is this a must-do if you're a visitor of any age in San Francisco, but it also gives young kids the chance to feel like they're on a 'ride'. This can take you anywhere in San Francisco, too, so you can choose where to get off.

Lombard Street, the most winding road in the U.S., is zany and on a huge slope, so this provides another easy-entertainment option to see with your kids.

North Beach, San Francisco's Little Italy, is known amongst the locals as an extremely kid-friendly place to dine. The food is almost all Italian, so your kids are bound to delight in mounds of spaghetti or authentic pizza. This is a great place to eat for the more mature crowd as well, as you'll appreciate the authenticity of the Italian flavors. I recommend  Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, whose owner is none other than the 11-time World Pizza Champion, Tony Gemignani. This joint, which imports all of its ingredients from the world's pizza capital- Napoli- serves up their artisinal pizzas in a variety of crusts to choose from. Diners have the choice of all kinds of thin or thick crusts, ranging from the typical, Brooklyn-originated styles to the more traditional, real-Italian styles.


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  2. Cable Cars (attraction)
  3. Lombard Street (attraction)
  4. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (restaurant)
  5. North Beach (neighborhood)
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answered by
Chad from Tenderloin

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  2. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  3. Koret Children’s Quarter (attraction)
  4. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  5. Yerba Buena Gardens (attraction)
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answered by
Drew from Angelika Film Center & Cafe

You might also think about some day trips outside the city.  Sausalito is close to some great hiking and trails (eg Mount Tamalpais).  There's a very good fish restaurant (Fish.) on the water with picnic benches outside.  We like to go for a hike then have picnic lunch afterward.


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answered by
Chris from San Francisco

Definitely check out the Exploratorium on the Embarcadero.  It's a great place to check out with kids.  So is the California Academy of Sciences if they're into fish and reptiles.  Pier 39 has the aquarium, but I think it's overrated. 

Alcatraz?  What kids wouldn't like prison tours? 


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  2. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  3. Alcatraz (attraction)
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answered by
Jessica

Exploratorium on Embarcadero and the Planetarium by Golden gate park


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answered by
Debby from California

Definitely take them to the Exploratorium. It is a fun science museum with tons of hands on fun for kids. You can also walk along The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, which is very touristy, but fun for kids. Alcatraz has night tours that are awesome. Google it and book tickets online ahead of time though. They sell out.  

Have a great time in our beautiful city. 


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  2. The Embarcadero (attraction)
  3. Fisherman's Wharf (attraction)
  4. Alcatraz (attraction)
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answered by
Alicia from Mexico City

the best place is the Golden Gate Park, they can run play, skate, ride in their bikes or visit any of the great museums: the De Young Museum (art) and specially the California Academy of Sciences. there is a Japanese Tea Garden, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden .


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  2. De Young Museum (attraction)
  3. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
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answered by
Harrison from Berkeley

A bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge! Most people rent a bike from a place near Fisherman's Wharf and bike over to Sausalito to have lunch and walk around in the afternoon. There is a ferry that takes you back to San Francisco.

Further up north is Muir Woods, which has nice hiking trails and large redwoods.

Hope y'all enjoy SF!


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  2. Sausalito (city)
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answered by
Jordan from San Francisco

Check out the cable cars!  You can get on at Union Square.  It's $6 per person, but it's a great way to check out the city.  Also, kids love standing and hanging off the side of the car!  


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answered by
Dana

Depending on the boys' ages the Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences are both good places to go with them.  


There is also a good rock gym and trampoline place (House of Air) next door to each other at Crissy Field that could be fun if they are older.

Renting bikes and riding over the bridge to Sausalito and taking the ferry back is a good excursion that should get them nice and tired out while providing a great view of the city.


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  2. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  3. House of Air (attraction)
  4. Crissy Field (attraction)
  5. Sausalito (city)
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answered by
Debbie from South San Francisco

San Francisco Zoo is very nice, also Fort Funston has great trails & hang gliders.


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answered by
Mauricio from Tenderloin

You should go to the Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf.
Next day, you should rent a bike and ride through the Presidio and then go to visit the Golden Gate Bridge.


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  3. Fisherman's Wharf (attraction)
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  5. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
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answered by
Gloria from San Francisco

Depending on how old they are, the San Francisco Zoo is a good place for children under 8 as the new playground is excellent for active children. The Discovery Museum is good for younger children. Also, the Exploratorium is a neat place for children to explore. Good luck & have fun!


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  2. Exploratorium (attraction)
  3. Discovery Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Kat from Santa Ana

My favorite place that I ever went as a kid (very active) was the Exploratorium. Its a VERY interactive science museum, and it is AWESOME. I would dream about visiting that place again as a child. hope this helps!


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answered by
Steven

Golden Gate Park is huge & full of adventures (rent bikes, ride horses, paddle boats, beach, etc)


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answered by
Tom

How old are they? What dates? There are lots of playgrounds, House of Air, Circus Center, paddle boats in Golden Gate Park, Church of 8 Wheels (disclaimer: I'm involved in that one), ...


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  2. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
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answered by
Alyssa

Golden Gate Park is full of activities. Try the California Academy of Sciences. Or the brand new Exploratorium on The Embarcadero.  


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  2. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  3. Exploratorium (attraction)
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