Standing next to the shore of the enormous Pacific Ocean can make anyone feel like a kid. The coast off of Ocean Beach is home to several shipwrecks, and when the tide is low, the skeletons of many sunken ships can still be seen. It is a wonderland for treasure hunters and naturalists, with sand dunes, crashing waves and miles of sandy shores.
1000 Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94121
Coyote Point Museum and Park
Overlooking the diverse geography of the San Fransisco Bay, the Coyote Point Museum and Park is one of San Fransisco's most overlooked attractions for kids. At the edge of the border to San Fransisco, this park is loved by locals for its ecological diversity and easy hiking trails, Coyote Point has wildlife education classes for kids and displays that are interactive and interpretive. Volunteers help kids learn about the local wildlife, conservation efforts and important things like "how to spot poison oak."
Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, California 94401-1097
San Francisco Zoo at Golden Gate Park
The San Fransisco Zoo hopes that by sharing animals and nature with children, they will grow to be conservationists with a love of wildlife and wild places. In addition to housing mammals, wildcats, reptiles and amphibians, it has a park and nature center showcasing gardens and native plants, plus a bird sanctuary. Bring your binoculars and your most comfortable walking shoes.
San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, California 94132
Article Written By Lisa Russell
Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.