Things To Do in San Francisco With Kids

Our favorite things to do in San Francisco with kids are listed here!

Things To Do in San Francisco With Kids

  1. Immerse yourself in all things science and curiosity, where everything is hands on at the Exploratorium.
  1. Let children explore and create and play at the Children’s Creativity Museum.
  2. After visiting the museum, stop by the beautiful carousel and take a ride.
  3. Yerba Buena Gardens has wide open green spaces and a huge playground in the heart of downtown SF.
  4. See the sites of the city with a hop on/hop off bus tour. We used and loved City Sightseeing, especially going to Sausalito.
  5. Get a close up look at marine life, including an impressive 300 foot tunnel, with a visit to Aquarium of the Bay.
  6. The Wells Fargo Museum is free and gives kids a great history lesson about the stagecoach with hands on exhibits.
  7. Adults and children will love the indoor and outdoor learning exhibits at Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  8. Ride the double decker carousel at Pier 39.
  9. Soak in the 365 degree view on top of Coit Tower.
  10. Drive, walk or bike across the famous Golden Gate Bridge!
  11. Find the two windmills at Golden Gate Park.
  12. On that note, Golden Gate Park is a destination itself! Lots of museums, hikes, playgrounds and more. We enjoyed bike riding during one of our visits.
  13. San Francisco is home to many beautiful parks and playgrounds; Mission Delores Park and the Helen Dillar Playground was a top favorite with a great view of the city.
  14. After visiting the Helen Dillar Playground, stop for ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery down the street!
  15. Learn about the history of cable cars and how the system works through the city at the Cable Car Museum.
  16. Wander around the famous Alcatraz Prison on Alcatraz Island.
  17. Drive or walk (we loved walking!) up or down Lombard Street, one of the city’s crookedest streets.
  18. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a ride on the landmark cable cars!
  19. Kids will love playing and experiencing over 300 arcade games at Musee Mecanique, ranging from the early 1900’s to old video games.
  20. Take a boat tour of the bay and see the city from a unique perspective! There are several to choose from at Fisherman’s Wharf.
  21. Get free chocolate samples at Ghirardelli Square!
  22. There are numerous rooftop gardens in the downtown area open to public and are so peaceful!
  23. Walk around the largest and oldest Chinatownoutside of Asia. We love just wandering the streets and window shopping!
  24. The Ferry Building Marketplace is like a year round farmer’s market, with dining and ferry options to cross the bay.
  25. Admire the beauty of the Painted Ladies (Victorian Homes). Also, nearby Alamo Square has a playground!
  26. Take a ferry to Angel Island and enjoy hiking, history and a tram ride around the island. This is one of our favorite activities to recommend to families when visiting San Francisco.

More things to do around California can be found here!


  • Chris Tingom

    Welcome to Phoenix With Kids, a place where we share the cool activities we do with our children around the state. I live in Phoenix with my wife Jana and our three kids. I design and build websites for select clients.

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