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San Francisco with Kids!

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Family friendly destinations in our city featuring open spaces, areas to walk, and museums that are friendly to families with toddlers and young children.

Good for
  • Family
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

13 Places

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13 Places

Day 1

Sigmund Stern Grove

Other Outdoor Activities

Java Beach Cafe

Restaurants

San Francisco Zoo

Zoos

Ocean Beach

Beaches

Day 2

Mission Dolores

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions

Mega Mouth Burgers & Beers

Restaurants

Balmy Alley Murals

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Clarion Alley Murals

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mitchell's Ice Cream

Restaurants

Day 3

Exploratorium

Speciality Museums, Science Museums, Children's Museums

Ferry Building Marketplace

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,

The Embarcadero

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Historic Streetcars

Tramways

    Day 1
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    Sigmund Stern Grove
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Wonderful dog friendly park with a small lake. Fun place to play frisbee or kick around a soccer ball with the kids. THey also have picnic tables and a beautiful grove of tall majestic redwoods.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • No charge! However, they do have summer concernts on Sundays, so make sure not to conflict with the summer concert schedule.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 147 Outdoor Activities in San Francisco
    • A geen peaceful island in the city 28/06/2017
    • Great free summer concerts! 25/06/2017
    • Sigmund Stern Grove
    Address:
    19th Ave and Sloat Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    Other:
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    Java Beach Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Nice place to have lunch if you are going to the zoo.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,055 of 4,257 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great little hangout near the Seascape Inn 21/01/2018
    • Great Lunches- not just coffee 06/09/2017
    • Java Beach Cafe
    Address:
    Sloat Blvd near SF Zoo
    near SF Zoo and Great Hwy
    San Francisco, CA 94116
    Phone:
    +1 415-731-2965
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    05:30 - 23:00
    Sat - Sun
    06:00 - 23:00
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    San Francisco Zoo
    Zoos
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Fantastic zoo, spacious and neautiful animal displays. They also have a petting zoo with sheep, goats and such. Also, a large playground in the center of the zoo for kids to run around and play in. There are two sections to the playground; a little kids section for toddlers, and a big kids section for ages 5 and up with higher climbing structures.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a picnic, you can eat it at the area near the playground while the kiddies are playing.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large Zoo 30/01/2018
    • Ok at best and needing some serious love 26/01/2018
    • San Francisco Zoo
    Address:
    Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    Phone:
    +1 415-753-7080
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Ocean Beach
    Beaches
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Watch the sun set from Ocean Beach. Build a sand castle, weather provided. Take the dog for a run!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a jacket. It gets windy and the wind goes through you...
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach for walking, relaxing and stunning sun sets 26/01/2018
    • police state any one Horible 10/01/2018
    • Ocean Beach
    Address:
    Fulton St & Great Hwy
    Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Mission Dolores
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    This is one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco and continues the history of the missions up and down the California coast.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is an admission fee.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Meh... Front entrance crew left a little to be desired. 07/02/2018
    • Day in the City 28/01/2018
    • Mission Dolores
    Address:
    3321 16th St
    Mission District
    San Francisco, CA 94114-1712
    Phone:
    +1 415-621-8203
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Mega Mouth Burgers & Beers
    Restaurants (American)
    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    I love this place. Cheap but tasty burgers with a lot of different combinations of bread, toppings, and add ons. They have a salmon burger, veggie burgers as well for people who don't want a beef burger.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,892 of 4,257 restaurants in San Francisco
    • Meh 24/05/2017
    • So good! 20/10/2015
    • Mega Mouth Burgers & Beers
    Address:
    3392 24th St
    San Francisco, CA 94110-3823
    Phone:
    +1 415-821-4821
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
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    Balmy Alley Murals
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    The murals are part of the social history of the Mission district. A fun place to walk, explore, and take pictures.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Open Air Gallery 20/01/2018
    • Skip This 07/01/2018
    • Balmy Alley Murals
    Address:
    Off 24th Street
    Parallel to Treat Ave and Harrison Street between 24th & 25th Streets.
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Other:
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    Clarion Alley Murals
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Murals are part of the social history of the Mission District, having first and foremost been used for social messages.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mostly beautiful murals 20/01/2018
    • What a cultural experience 14/08/2017
    • Clarion Alley Murals
    Address:
    Clarion Alley
    What3words: ///royal.crown.stay
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Other:
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    Mitchell's Ice Cream
    Restaurants (American)
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    This place is quite famous with locals, and during a hot day you will see the line wrap around. Try the halo halo if you are adventurous or the buko (coconut) if you like tropical flavors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • You may have to wait, but you will be rewarded at the end!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #149 of 4,257 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best mint chocolate ice cream for me! 09/11/2017
    • Unique Flavors - Long Wait Times Though 09/11/2017
    • Mitchell's Ice Cream
    Address:
    688 San Jose Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94110-4925
    Phone:
    +1 415-648-2300
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Exploratorium
    Speciality Museums, Science Museums, Children's Museums
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    This recently renovated science and exploratory museum is a real hit with families. So much to see.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Stop by the Ferry building, which is within walking distance, for some gourmet food.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So Much to See and Do! 16/02/2018
    • Outstanding Place to Take Kids 15/02/2018
    • Exploratorium
    Address:
    Pier 15, on the Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Phone:
    +1 415-528-4444
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Ferry Building Marketplace
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    This building has been renovated and rehabilitated to include many high end food stalls. It's fun to go with kids because they have a ton of food samples, both you and your kids can try them.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you go to the back of the Ferry building, there are lots of benches to sit and view the water.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The fruit is is better than Italy! 17/02/2018
    • Interesting building with a lot of shops 17/02/2018
    • Ferry Building Marketplace
    Address:
    1 Ferry Building
    The Embarcadero at Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
    Phone:
    +1 415-693-0996
    Other:
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    The Embarcadero
    Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Wonderful views of the bay bridge, nice shops lining the Embarcadero.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Bring a jacket, it can get windy.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of my favorite places 14/02/2018
    • Cruise ship stopped here 12/02/2018
    • The Embarcadero
    Address:
    Embarcadero Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Other:
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    Historic Streetcars
    Tramways
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    Quetzalcoatl Says:

    Historic Streetcars of San Francisco! Makes for a really fun ride all the way to Fisherman's wharf/

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You will need to buy tickets.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 571 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love the colorful old streetcars -- not always the people in them 17/02/2018
    • Fun but crowded 17/02/2018
    • Historic Streetcars
    Address:
    Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf
    San Francisco, CA
    Other:
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