San Francisco is an enthralling city full of life and energy. It is irrefutably one of the best cities in North America for a vacation with family and kids. The city has something for all age groups. Your kids are going to have some memorable experiences in San Francisco. Moreover, there are some really amazing places that you can go for free, without having to worry about breaking into your savings.
In this article, you will find out about some tourist attractions that your kids will love, and, of course, later, thank you for getting them there. Here is a list of 7 fun places that are kids-friendly and also easy with money.
San Francisco Zoo
I still have to come across a kid who doesn’t fancy going to animal zoos. All kids love zoo trips and your kid too will love the San Francisco zoo trip. The San Francisco Zoo provides excellent nature-focused interactions where kids not only see these animals but also learn about these animals. This particular zoo is home to more than 1000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals. It domiciles more than 250 species. In addition, the zoo houses several native and foreign plants.
San Francisco Zoo – Image source: https://flic.kr/p/4KooXV
The zoo is located just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean on the western side of the city. Be prepared to see some tigers, gorillas and penguins. Moreover, a few rare animals such as black rhinoceros, polar bears and snow leopard too can be seen.
Cable Car Ride
You have to take your kids for this super cool cable car ride on Lombard Street. It is usually very uncommon to get to ride this San Franciscan cable car. These cable cars are traditional mode of transportation still very much functional for the general public. These rides are undoubtedly one of the best ways to get around. City sightseeing in San Francisco is a must if you want to really absorb the city and make the most of your time here. There are some really good San Francisco sightseeing tours (half and full day) that take place almost on a daily basis. These tours will come in handy as they will allow you to visit almost all popular attractions and sights at your own pace with a tour guide. With the help of the tour companies, exploring San Francisco becomes comfortable especially with kids.
San Francisco Cable Car Ride – Image source: https://flic.kr/p/7d4gj
You cannot miss out on going to this infamous Alcatraz Island, which was formerly known as a military prison. Alcatraz Island is now a tiny little island in the San Francisco Bay gaining attention from tourists worldwide. This particular island is one of the most heavily visited islands on planet Earth. You can visit this island during the daytime as well the night time. Tourists with kids in particular prefer the night trips since the level of adventure just goes high during the nights. A piece of advice before visiting the island is to make sure that you have the ferry and entry tickets well in advance. Since the island is so popular, it, sometimes, becomes difficult to get tickets of preferred day and time. Therefore, it is a good idea to get in touch with some local Alcatraz cruise tour companies that provide you with customized tour packages inclusive of the island and ferry tickets.
Alcatraz Island – Image source: https://flic.kr/p/xp96Us
Visit Chinatown With Your Kids
San Francisco is home to the highest number of Chinese immigrants in the whole of the United States. Chinatown in San Francisco should not be missed as it still offers a very pristine feel to it. It is vibrant, colorful, lively and very exotic looking place. Your kids will love the vigor and festive aspect of the place. You also get some really cool things to take back home to your friends and family. Fortune cookies, kites and chirping crickets are some of the most popular souvenirs. Your kids will love watching the Chinese culture. As a parent, you can also teach them a little about the Chinese culture along the way of having fun.
San Francisco Chinatown- Image source: https://flic.kr/p/nHXfBY
Explore Fisherman’s Wharf
There are several tourist attractions on Fisherman’s Wharf that your kids will love to visit. Colorful boats, street performances, good places to eat and so forth are a few of the adorable things to do on the Fisherman’s Wharf. Besides, you must also take your kids to the popular Was Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or not. Also, you can try the Musee Mechanique, a place that locates massive collection of old-fashioned arcade games.
San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf – Image source: https://flic.kr/p/u8UjkC
Make sure that if you decide to go behind the touristy façade, you keep a watch on your kids because it is a working pier and has no guard rails.
Explore SF Bay
If you fancy getting an overview of the San Francisco skyline, then opt for bay cruises in San Francisco. These San Francisco Bay Cruise tours let you ride under the Golden Gate Bridge and pass through the Alcatraz Island. However, the Golden Gate Bridge Bay Cruise is the most popular San Francisco Bay Cruise Tour. You get to see some spectacular views of the SF shoreline. It runs several times a day and is not expensive at all. The kids too will love being on the cruise and watch valuable landmarks of San Francisco from the waters.
San Francisco Bay – Image source: https://flic.kr/p/fMbKeX
There is something between the beaches and kids; at the beach, kids leave no stones unturned in making sure that they have as much fun as they can. Their fancies run wild, build sand castles and fly kites.
Ocean beach, in San Francisco, is a family beach. It is a very long, flat beach providing kids with flawless sand for beach play. Unarguably, Ocean beach is the best beach to play around and fly kites.
San Francisco Beach – Image source: https://flic.kr/p/afnedF
All the places mentioned are worth visiting as they really have a lot to offer families with kids. Besides, these places won’t even be hard on your pockets as most of them either charge nothing or charge less. Enjoy your stay in San Francisco and have fun!