With its beautiful architecture and famous Golden Gate Bridge, your next vacation can be truly memorable by planning a kid-friendly trip to San Francisco, California. This gorgeous city, located on its own peninsula on the coast of the Golden State, offers a slightly cooler climate than other sweltering California cities, making a summer getaway to this famous city a pleasant, comfortable experience.
The mild climate, along with the many eclectic characteristics of its neighborhoods, makes this city quite walkable. You'll be able to get to many places to go in San Francisco without the use of a car or public transportation. However, navigating the city through its famous cable car system is a rare treat, and definitely a valuable piece of history you can add to your San Francisco trip itinerary!
Before determining what to see in this great city, your first consideration may be where to stay in San Francisco. For those interested in history, look no further than The Westin St. Francis Hotel, conveniently situated directly across the street from the Union Square cable car stop. Not only did this hotel host over a dozen United States presidents and the Queen of England, but it is one of the many kid-friendly hotels in San Francisco. Children will receive a fun welcome gift upon check-in, while you'll get access to amenities suited to small children and infants, free-of-charge. The concierge will also recommend nearby services such as babysitters or restaurants, so be sure to check with the front desk to get the most out of your stay.
No trip to the "City by the Bay" is complete without visiting the multitude of top-notch family attractions in San Francisco. Apart from the children's museum, four-story mall and IMAX theater located near The Westin St. Francis, there are countless other attractions to make your kid-friendly trip to San Francisco a memorable one. The San Francisco Zoo, located on the western end of the city, houses nearly 200 species along with daily special events such as big cat encounters and grizzly bear feedings. There are even educational programs for children as young as 18 months, which makes this zoo a perfect stop for animal lovers of all ages on your next San Francisco family vacation. The nearby Aquarium of the Bay is a similarly wild attraction, focusing on marine life native to the Bay Area.
For the more scientifically curious minds, the Exploratorium is a fantastic children's science museum with an emphasis on hand-on learning. With exhibits such as Return to Mars and Skateboard Science, this exciting museum will make your family trip to San Francisco not only fun, but educational as well! This museum also offers day camps to children age 7-14 to immerse your child in a creative mix of science, art, and games.
Like many cities, there are many delicious places to eat in San Francisco, including the kid-friendly atmosphere of Puccini and Pinetti. Offering both sit and eat and grab and go meals, this Italian restaurant emphasizes its fun, celebratory nature, and quality wood-fired oven pizza and delicious pasta dishes. It's also located near the gorgeous Clift Hotel, offering some stunning views of the city from its spacious, luxurious rooms. All-in-all, no matter where you decide to visit, eat, or sleep, a kid-friendly trip to San Francisco will be a vacation your family will be talking about for years to come.