Top 5 Things and Activities to do in San Francisco with a Toddler
Crissy Field: People and Dog-Friendly Beach
The Beautiful Bay Area with Kids
We have a 3 1/2 year old and 6 month old. Here is a list of our top 5 things to do in the city.
Crissy Field Under the Golden Gate Bridge, SF
Crissy Field-We love Crissy Field! On a sunny day in SF, I can't think of a prettier place to go. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city abound. Our daughter loves to play in the sand and walk down to The Warming Hut for hot cocoa and a cookie. On the weekend we like to go as a family and bring our dog. Park in the lot closest to the Marina and dogs can play off leash. We then walk down the flat path to The Warming Hut and back. This is a great place to appreciate SF.
Golden Gate Park and Carousel
What toddler doesn't love a carousel? We went to the Carousel in Golden Gate Park this weekend and our daughter loved it. It's a really nice carousel and we went on a great walk in the park afterward. A beautiful park is adjacent to the carousel, so bring a picnic and enjoy the day. The Academy of Sciences is a short walk away as well, if you are up for more adventure!
The Beautiful Carousel at Golden Gate Park
California Academy of the Sciences Steinhart Aquarium
Our daughter loved the aquarium especially the African Penguin feeding. The feeding happens daily at 11 am and 3:30 pm with a biologist giving information. The Academy of Sciences is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check out the Academy of Science website for more info.
Academy of Sciences Hours:
Monday through Saturday 9:30-5:00
Prices of Admission:
Child (4-11): $19.95
Youth (12-17): $24.95
Student 18+: $24.95
Senior 65+: $24.95
The Beautiful Exterior of The California Academy of Sciences
Ride a cable car in San Francisco
What toddler doesn't love transportation? Whether it's riding the muni train, a ferry or cable car, they are having fun. Our toddler loves just driving down Lombard St, the crookedest street in the world. The cable cars, although touristy, are fun. Kids love to look around, wave at the other passing cable cars and feel the wind.
Toddlers Love Cable Car Rides
San Francisco Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is an amazing hands-on museum for kids and adults. This science, art, and human perception museum is great for all ages. For older kids, the Texture Dome leads you through a dark room where only touch guides you. (Advanced tickets and reservations are recommended for the Texture Dome; the price of admission is an additional fee.) Bubbles, mirrors, water features, this museum has it all. I highly recommend it.
Note: The Exploratorium will be moving to the wharf in 2013 to Piers 15 and 17 on the SF waterfront.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10:00am - 5:00 pm
Tickets: Adults (18-64) are $25.00 Youths are $19.00
Palace of Fine Arts and Exploratorium
For more info on activities in the city or any large city in the US, check out gocitykids.com. They are a wonderful resource for daily activities and neighborhood activities for kids.