Your Destination Guide to San Francisco

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Family Activities
Family Activities

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It's no secret kids love San Francisco with its parks, oceans, and cable cars. All members of the family will also enjoy the chance to pull, run, listen, watch, or touch at the interactive Exploratorium and Zeum museums.

San Francisco | Family Activities

Aquarium of the Bay
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • See. Touch. Discover. Learn. Enter a world with marine animals local to San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay, where its glorious setting exposes visitors to underwater life at its finest. The aquarium affords you the opportunity to see underwater life in ideal conditions.
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Cable Cars
  • Cable Cars
  • There is no better way to experience San Francisco than by cable car. San Francisco is now the last city in the world to preserve this unique method of transport, which was founded in 1873. Hop on and grab hold of the bars as the underground cables beneath the tracks whisk you across town.
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California Academy of Sciences
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • The San Francisco Academy of Sciences is an aquarium, planetarium, rain forest, natural history museum, and research center all housed within the world's largest LEED certified building.
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Camera Obscura
  • Camera Obscura
  • Perched high above the windy waters of the Pacific, and nestled in the shadows of San Francisco's stately Cliff House lies the dumpy little building shaped something like a camera -- this is San Francisco's Camera Obscura, one of twenty of its kind in the world.
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  • Exploratorium
  • Listening to music through your jaw, stepping into a giant soap bubble, and sticking your shadow to a wall are just a few of the adventures you can have at San Francisco's award winning museum of art, science and human perception, the Exploratorium.
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Fisherman's Wharf
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Blubbery locals lounge on their salty docks, barking at tourists, the famed sea lions of the wharf. The silver spray-painted statue nearby shifts his weight slightly and before you can react,...
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Golden Gate Park
  • Golden Gate Park
  • One of the best ways to take advantage of a clear day in San Francisco is to spend some time exploring Golden Gate Park. Filled with museums, lakes, gardens, and even bison – this 1017-acre park is an urban sanctuary.
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Musee Mecanique
  • Musee Mecanique
  • While walking past Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf some might think they are passing an insane asylum as a loud, eerie laugh pierces the darkness and leaves a sense of horror in the air.
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Ocean Beach
  • Ocean Beach
  • Shiver-me-timbers temperatures, impenetrable fog, freezing water, and waves that will knock you off your feet – Ocean Beach certainly has a reputation. For most of the year, it doesn't look or feel like a typical seaside attraction.
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Pier 39
  • Pier 39
  • Scintillating scents of hot popcorn, salt-water taffy, ice cream, and pretzels combine with the reek of pitch. An organ grinds mechanically in the background while seal performers bark.
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • Enjoy strolling along paths through year-round mosaic of plants from around the world. There is no shortage of great things to see and do in Golden Gate Park, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most relaxing among them.
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San Francisco Zoo
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • A flurry of excitement erupts from the island. The crowd of penguins swim around satisfied after zookeepers throw tiny fish into eager beaks. An everyday scene at the San Francisco Zoo, this early afternoon feeding allows visitors to witness animals in action, not merely sleeping behind a fence.
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Stinson Beach
  • Stinson Beach
  • Located just 20 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Stinson Beach is one of Northern California's most stunning, hidden treasures. Open every day of the year from 9:00am until sunset, this quiet retreat personifies beauty and serenity providing views both near and far.
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