Take the fam around the Golden State!
The Bay Area is home to a lot of amazing stuff. From Silicon Valley to Yosemite National Park, people flock to San Francisco, California to take part in it’s memorable culture. With that said, San Francisco has undoubtedly a great place to take the family for a vacation. If you’re wondering what to do and where to go when you’re with grandparents and kids, consider these 10 spots to make your trip even more memorable!
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1. The Golden Gate Bridge
The most iconic bridge in the world, no one who comes through San Francisco leaves without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. When you’re in the Bay Area with family, don’t just go across the bridge, take the chance and go under it as well via the Golden Gate Bay Cruise and explore a host of different landmarks along the Bay.
Address: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
How To Get There: The Hop-On/Hop-Off and City Sightseeing double decker buses both make stops on the south side of the bridge.
2. Madame Tussauds San Francisco
A list of locations for Madame Tussauds can probably fill another list in itself (stay tuned!) but if you head over to their San Francisco location, you can rub (wax) shoulders of a ton of Bay Area, and American icons. We’re pretty sure the kids will enjoy seeing Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry and MCU breakout actress Zendaya while the adults can take pictures with Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and music queen Beyonce. You can book it with Klook with our Madame Tussauds San Francisco Admission Pass and save the family the hassle of waiting in line!
Address: 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Opening Hours: 10AM-9PM (weekdays), 10AM-10PM (Friday & Saturday), 10AM-10PM (Sunday)
How to get there: Head west towards the Pier 39 Concourse, turn right onto The Embarcadero and continue onto Jefferson Street. Madame Tussauds San Francisco is located on the left, next door to the San Francisco Dungeon.
3. Pier 39
Bring the family down to Pier 39 for a full day’s worth of activities! Want to see something truly unique to San Francisco? View the seals as they make their way to the rocks on the bay. Got the shopping bug? Go ahead and check out a ton of novelty stores (like the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. outlet filled with memorabilia from the movie Forrest Gump). Add to that the multitude of events and street performers available to see and you can easily spend the whole day just in Pier 39 before exploring the rest of Fisherman’s Wharf.
How to Get There: Pier 39 is accessible through both private and public vehicles. The pier has a 24-hour parking garage while routes exist heading to Pier 39 for rail, bus and the iconic San Francisco cable car.
4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Take the kids to see the different attractions inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Take a gander at the different oddities inside the museum like the metal T-Rex, try and make your way through the Marvelous Mirror Maze and try to beat the clock in the Impossible Laserace. It’s a quirky and odd experience perfect for families who want a bit of the bizarre in their museum trips.
Address: 175 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, California 94133
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10AM – 10PM
How To Get There: Once you get to Fisherman’s Wharf, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Is located right next to Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco.
5. Fisherman’s Wharf
Craving for a food trip? Take the family over to Fisherman’s Wharf and start sampling seafood that is uniquely San Franciscan. We suggest finding crabs (a Filipino favorite) and clam chowder to quench hunger pangs. Aside from food, take more postcard-worthy pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison and the sea lions. Even better, experience San Francisco’s iconic cable cars along with a host of other attractions in the city’s busiest tourist area.
How To Get There: You can get to FIsherman’s Wharf by bus (take the 27, 74 or 8BX lines) or BART (take the Green or Yellow line)
Immerse in Chinese culture inside the oldest Chinatown in America! A community that spans 24 city blocks, head over to see the iconic Dragon Gate. While you’re there, take in the unique Chinese architecture and decorations while browsing authentic Chinese stores and restaurants.
How To Get There: You can get to Chinatown by taking the Powell-Mason line on the Cable Cars.
7. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Also known as the SFMOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art houses piece by renowned artists with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Yvonne Venegas. Along with the museum’s displays from a variety of different mediums, the museum is currently hosting exhibits that feature the forefront of the art scene. Book a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Ticket and get the family appreciating modern art!
How to get there: SFMOMA supports private vehicles as well as commuting through public transport. There are nearby bus stops, cable car and train stations.
8. Take a Day Tour on The Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus
Nothing gets more comprehensive and customizable when touring San Francisco than the Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour on the Big Bus. Double decks for those who want to experience the city air and a variety of routes make it possible for you to experience San Francisco anyway you want. If you’re looking for places we haven’t mentioned on the list yet, we recommend the Red Route. It goes through IG-worthy spots like Lombard Street and Union Square South.
9. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Spend the day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and experience the variety of thrill rides ready to give you your adrenaline fix. With the new Batman: The Ride along with park favorites the Medusa and White Water Safari, a whole day’s worth of fun and excitement is in store when you visit Six Flag Discovery Kingdom. Book your Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Admission Ticket through Klook to skip the lines and the hassle!
Address: 1001 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo, CA 94589, USA
Opening Hours: 10:30AM-8PM (Saturdays-Thursdays), 10:30AM-9PM (Fridays)
How to get there: To get to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, there is an available ferry at the Fisherman’s Wharf docked at Pier 39 aside from the land-based travel available to park-goers.
10. Union Square Malls
Need a fix of retail therapy and big-city vibes? Head over to Union Square and feast your eyes on the amount of shopping you can get done. Marvel at the humongous Westfield San Francisco City Centre with it’s 9 levels featuring brands like Adidas and Burberry. Look through the glass dome ceiling of Crocker Galleria and explore it’s boutiques. While you’re in the area, wine and dine at places like Morton’s Steakhouse. Cap your night with entertaining performances at the different theaters available, housing San Francisco’s finest professional performers.
Address: 333 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours
How to get there: To get to Westfield San Francisco City Centre, their website offers methods to get there by MUNI/BART, Cable Cars and taxis.
PRO-TIP: Most, if not all, of these attractions, are part of the Go San Francisco Card. With this pass, you’ll be able to avail of not only these attractions but be able to unlock and customize your experience in the City by the Bay. Grab one with Klook for the best prices and be able to maximize your stay.