Things To Do with Kids in San Francisco

There are TONS of things to do with kids in San Francisco!  Whether you want to see nature, a historical landmark, kid-friendly foods, live performances, shopping, or children museums…San Fran has it all!  See some of the many local options below to get your kids out for the day in this wonderful city!

 

 

Animals and Nature in San Francisco

Steinhart Aquarium
Visit this one of the largest museums of natural history in the world.
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Mountain Lake Park
Enjoy this park in the Richmond District neighborhood, located north of the intersection of Lake and Funston.
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Angel Island
Visit this island in San Francisco Bay that offers expansive views of the San Francisco skyline.
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Conservatory of Flowers
Visit this greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park.
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Attractions and Landmarks in San Francisco

Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar
Visit this restaurant and tiki bar in the Fairmont San Francisco hotel.
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Mission Dolores
Visit this oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and the sixth religious settlement established as part of the California chain of missions.
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Maritime National Historical Park
Visit this fleet of historic vessels, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a library/research facility.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Enjoy the breathtaking view of this suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
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Coit Tower
Visit this 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
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Fisherman’s Wharf
Visit this northern waterfront area of San Francisco
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Camera Obscura
Have a glimpse of this large-scale camera obscura and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Alcatraz
Visit this small and historic island located in the San Francisco Bay.
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Kid-friendly Eats in San Francisco

Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar
Offers a tropical and festive atmosphere with live entertainment, dancing and a rain storm.
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The Grubstake
Enjoy their cooked-to-order burgers and breakfasts—as well as full meals and house-made desserts
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Tartine Bakery
Enjoy baked goods made with organic flour and local eggs.
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Taqueria Cancun
Try this popular Mexican place that’s been around for years.
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Tadich Grill
Try this seafood restaurant and has been for over 160 years.
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St. Francis Fountain
Visit the home of hearty breakfasts, top-rated hamburgers, and classic soda fountain desserts.
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Scoma’s
Visit the San Francisco waterfront restaurant steeped in a family history of quality and service.
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Sam Wo
Visit this “infamous hole-in-the-wall” Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, California
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Luna Park
Try this delicious moderately-priced cuisine on Valencia Street in the San Francisco Mission District
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Molinari Delicatessen
Enjoy their salami, great rolls and of course delicious sandwiches.
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North Beach
Visit this little Italian town in Sn Francisco.
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Japantown
Visit this largest and oldest such enclave in the United States.
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Herbivore the Earthly Grill — Valencia Street
Enjoy this vegan restaurant that offers an international menu and an enjoyable atmosphere.
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House of Nanking
Visit this Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown, San Francisco
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Hang Ah Tea Room
Enjoy this Dim Sum restaurant in Chinatown.
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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Enjoy this down to earth micro brewery restaurant .
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Ghirardelli Square

Visit this landmark with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, California.
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Cheesecake Factory
Visit this full-service restaurant, specializing in cheesecakes for dessert.
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Caffe Trieste
Visit this chain of six Italian-themed coffeehouse plus one retail store
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Burma Superstar
Visit the home of original Samusa Soup, Rainbow Salad, and Burma Cooler!
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Bi-Rite
We make all of our ice cream by hand, in small batches
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Beach Chalet
Treat Your Loved Ones to The Gift of a Great Dining Experience.
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Live Performances in San Francisco

San Francisco School of Circus Arts
One of the foremost circus schools in the western United States.
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Beach Blanket Babylon
Great wholesome entertainment for the whole family.
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Local Unique in San Francisco

Westin St. Francis Glass Elevator
Historic luxury hotel located on Powell and Geary Streets on Union Square in San Francisco, California.
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Wave Organ
Great mini excursion for anyone looking to get away from the Fisherman’s Wharf crowds
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Union Square
A 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco
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USS Pampanito
A Balao-class submarine, was a United States Navy ship, the only one named for the pompano fish.
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Top of The Mark
A rooftop bar located at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill at California
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San Francisco Ghost Hunt
A two hour walk with several haunted places, many ghost stories, and even some magic.
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Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Regular visitors to our bird feeder.
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Inner Richmond District
Practical and comfortable neighborhood with a citywide reputation for fantastic restaurants.
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Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
A fortune cookie company located in the Chinatown neighborhood of San Francisco.
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Cable Car Museum
Free museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
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49 Mile Drive
Designated scenic road tour highlighting much of San Francisco.
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Museums, Exhibits and Art Galleries in San Francisco

Zeum
A hands-on, multimedia arts and technology museum for kids of all ages
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
A modern art museum located in San Francisco
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Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf
Don’t dare to miss to see those 270 wax figures.
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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
Offers museums and attractions in multiple countries focusing on odd and amazing things.
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Musee Mecanique
A for-profit interactive museum consisting of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts
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Exploratorium
A museum in San Francisco whose stated mission is to change the way the world learns
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Cartoon Art Museum
A California art museum that specializes in the art of comics and cartoons.
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California Academy of Sciences
Among the largest museums of natural history in the world.
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Outdoor fun in San Francisco

Stow Lake Boat and Bike Rentals
The heart of Golden Gate Park and offers environmentally-friendly boat rentals.
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Presidio
A park and former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco.
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Ride a Bike to Sausalito
Enjoy biking at Sausalito with the family.
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Golden Gate Park
A large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds.
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Shopping in San Francisco

Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art
This is an incredible help for crafts, art, and various other projects on a budget.
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Schein & Schein
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach District and just off the square in Sonoma
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Little Fish Boutique
A beautiful store full of unique clothing and accessories for infants and children as well as men and women
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Green Apple Books
San Francisco independent bookseller, 38 years in business.
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Chinatown Kite Shop
Go fly a kite, it is fun to relax half day in the warm Autumn sun.
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Chinatown — San Francisco
Centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco
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Sports in San Francisco

San Francisco Giants
Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco
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