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What are the best kid-friendly activities in SF?

What are the best kid-friendly activities in SF?  Will be there for a long weekend in July, with a 6 year old (who has never been to SF).

3 Answers

answered first by
Debbie from San Francisco

Fun!  A few of the places that I loved as a kid may not be there anymore (RIP, FAO Schwartz and giant Sanrio store), but plenty of the classic spots are still there and several new things have popped up!

Have fun!  It's going to be gorgeous this weekend :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pier 39 (attraction)
  2. Aquarium of the Bay (attraction)
  3. Fisherman's Wharf (attraction)
  4. Exploratorium (attraction)
  5. The Walt Disney Family Museum (attraction)
  6. Alamo Square (attraction)
  7. Painted Ladies (attraction)
  8. Dolores Park (attraction)
  9. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  10. Japanese Tea Garden (attraction)
  11. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  12. Stow Lake (attraction)
  13. De Young Museum (attraction)
  14. Koret Children’s Quarter (attraction)
  15. Powell Street (attraction)
  16. Union Square (attraction)
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answered by
Tim from San Francisco

Bison Paddock is a GREAT visit. Just try and get there early morning for most activity. If you land in the afternoon, the bison will be chilling out due to the high sun.

Also, hit the California Academy of Scienceswhile you're there,

as well as the Japanese Tea Garden right next door! One of my favorite weekend combos. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bison Paddock (attraction)
  2. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  3. Japanese Tea Garden (attraction)
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answered by
Tiffany from Corvallis

We love to hug the coast and take advantage of many of the free parks and beaches that make up the Golden Gate National Recreation area.  The  Sutro Baths are fun to explore when the weather allows.  We take side streets (this is where GPS is great) to hug the coast as much as possible and end up at  Baker Beach where there are great views of the  Golden Gate Bridge.  If your 6-year old is really active, then park at the Golden Gate and walk across.  There are park areas on both sides and information that's interesting for adults too.  The old forts at Fort Point National Historic Site and the Marin Headlands are both fun to walk around.  The headlands are on the other side of the Golden Gate.  If you love hikes and nature walks, go to Muir Woods.  It isn't far from San Francisco, but the hikes are easy and beautiful.  

For views of the city (yes, we get outdoorsy and active with our kids), we like going to the Coit Tower or Twin Peaks for nice views.  You can climb the tower which some kids like.  My girls also loved walking down  Lombard Street.  It's way touristy, but fun and we got some great photo ops there.

Debbie already mentioned some of my other favorites in her answer, so I'll ditto Golden Gate Park where we love to take picnics and go paddleboating, Pier 39 where they can see sealions basking on the piers (it's always find to see wildlife in the wild), and Alamo Square which has a nice greenspace for lounging or frisbee, a great playground for kids, and is surrounded by the Painted Ladies which are beautiful to see for adults.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sutro Baths (attraction)
  2. Baker Beach (attraction)
  3. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  4. Fort Point National Historic Site (attraction)
  5. Marin Headlands (attraction)
  6. Muir Woods (attraction)
  7. Coit Tower (attraction)
  8. Twin Peaks (attraction)
  9. Lombard Street (attraction)
  10. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  11. Pier 39 (attraction)
  12. Alamo Square (attraction)
  13. Painted Ladies (attraction)
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