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How\where do I spend a long weekend in SF with my wife and 3 year old

I was thinking of spending a long weekend in San Francisco in late Dec right after Christmas.  I have never been with the wife and 3 year old. I was hoping to get suggestions on a good area to stay.  Would like to keep do what people who live in San Fran do. I have done some of the more touristy things.  Not planning on having a car but not out of the question if we need one for a day.  I'm sure I can't go wrong in most neighborhoods but was looking for specifics why certain areas would be better for us to stay. 

3 Answers

top answer by
Mark from San Francisco

I'd look for an Airbnb in either Cole Valley or Alamo Square. Both are great local neighborhoods with excellent restaurants/cafes, beautiful architecture, and some of the city's best parks. You'll also be in a convenient location to access most of the city by bus or light rail. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cole Valley (attraction)
  2. Alamo Square (attraction)
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answered first by
Debbie from San Francisco

Yeah, no one needs a car in San Francisco, so good call on that!  Public transportation is great, and if anything, just download the ridesharing apps like Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar (the most used in the city) and use those to get around.  The latter probably makes the most sense with three people, including a toddler.

In terms of family friendly neighborhoods where the locals live, I would look at Airbnbs in Noe Valley (stroller central!), Hayes Valley, the Western AdditionMission Dolores (specifically right by Dolores Park), and Nob Hill.  All have are fairly lively, have their own flavor, and have decent public transportation.  Since you're coming for a short time, though, you can never go wrong staying centrally located in the downtown Union Square, and the Fisherman's Wharf is touristy and a little out there, but could be a fun place for a three year old.

Hope you have fun! :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Noe Valley (neighborhood)
  2. Hayes Valley (neighborhood)
  3. Western Addition (attraction)
  4. Mission Dolores (attraction)
  5. Dolores Park (attraction)
  6. Nob Hill (neighborhood)
  7. Union Square (attraction)
  8. Fisherman's Wharf (attraction)
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answered by
Nikole from Compton, California

All the motels across from the Zoo, and next to the ocean are very good and somewhat cheaper than the rest of SF.

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