Things for Kids to Do in San Francisco

Things for Kids to Do in San Francisco
San Francisco Kids can keep busy exploring the diverse natural wonders of the bay area. A wide variety of things for kids to explore make this a great vacation destination for busy families. Explore San Francisco by land or by sea with kids on a bicycle, sailboat or a good pair of hiking boots.

Learn to Sail

Families can board the U.S. Coast Guard approved 1891 schooner Alma and learn to sail with U.S. National Park Service rangers. Handle the lines, feel the wind in the sails and breathe the salty sea air during this four-hour cruise from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Visitor Center at Hyde Park. Historic vessels at the park date back to the mid-late 1800s and interpretive displays give kids a glimpse of life as a sailor in the 1800s.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park‎
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-5000

Climb Hawk Hill

Migrating raptors can be seen hovering over the hillsides from the viewpoint on Hawk Hill, adjacent to the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Bring binoculars and see who can spot the most falcons, osprey, accipiters, kestrels, eagles, harriers and of course, hawks. The Raptor Observatory is also an educational and rescue facility devoted to observing raptor populations. It monitors the migratory patterns of predatory birds through the help of volunteer bird-counters and docents

Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
201 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 331-0730

Become a Master Bicyclist

Investigate the science of cycling at the Exploratorium and learn why road bike tires are thin and mountain bike tires are fat. Compare the amount of work it takes to turn different-sized gears and learn about the effects of weight, friction and gravity. Compare the qualities of different frame materials and even the muscles it takes to ride a bike. Then, rent a bicycle to explore Golden Gate Park or take a bike tour over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito with Bike & Roll.

3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, California
(415) 561-0360‎

Bike & Roll Bike Rentals
899 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133-2307
(415) 229-2000

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.

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