Five Fun Family Activities Perfect For Spring Break In San Francisco
Spring Break is upon us and what better place for families seeking excitement and fun than San Francisco, California. For those coming from out of town, book a stay at Japantown’s upscale Hotel Kabuki, the area’s premier property that blends both modern Asian and Western touches for an one-of-a-kind stay. Located in an area that’s rich in history and filled with excellent Japanese restaurants and boutique shops, it’s a great choice for families looking to stay in a culturally rich part of San Francisco.
The City By The Bay offers something for everyone, no matter how young or old. From outdoor excursions and incredible views of the coast or bay to world-class dining and culture, San Francisco has you covered. The exceptional weather, variety of attractions, ease of transportation and the overall uniqueness of the city provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable Spring Break.
Here’s our top five activities for families to experience in San Francisco during Spring Break.
Rent a Bike
For the adventurous, start your day at the picturesque Aquatic Park at Fisherman’s Wharf and rent a bike from Blazing Saddles. You’ll ride through the lovely Marina and Presidio areas of the city and across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Once at the stunning Marin Headlands, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views, trails and natural beauty. This ride offers guests serene Bay Area views and a great opportunity to see all the vantage points at your own pace. Points of interest include Hawk Hill, Point Bonita and Rodeo Beach.
Other options include guided electric bike tours over to the charming town of Sausalito where guests have the opportunity to enjoy a bite at a number of upscale restaurants; get an ice cream at the famous Lappert’s Ice Cream; take a stroll along the water, explore the art galleries and more. The ferry ride back is a treat in and of itself offering picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and beyond.
Take your family on a cultural adventure though San Francisco’s Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. From historical buildings, such as the Sing Chong Building and Bank of Canton to architectural masterpieces, that include the intricately designed Dragon’s Gate, Chinatown offers one of the most special areas of San Francisco to experience. Enjoy dim sum, baked goodies and boba drinks from any number of eateries and cafes in the area; peruse traditional herb shops and teahouses; stop by Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for freshly handmade fortune cookies right off the machine; slurp some authentic Sichuan-style noodles; grab some of the best egg tarts around from Golden Gate Bakery and so much more in Chinatown. Come hungry and ready to explore Chinatown’s authentic mix of treasure-packed shops, bustling markets, colorful murals and art.
Though one of the city’s most touristy spots, Pier 39 in the city’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf area is a must for anyone visiting. Enjoy the fresh air of the bay while walking along the marina which features views of the famous Alcatraz, yachts and surrounding skylines. The marina is also home to one of the most exciting spots on the pier: the K-Dock, where the bay’s famous sea lions hang out! At Pier 39 kids can take a ride on of the 30+ animals on the hand-painted carousel; venture through Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze; have their caricatures drawn; jump around on a bungee trampoline; play arcade games; and so much more. Pier 39 also features countless restaurants, boutique shops and the best places to get San Francisco souvenirs and keepsakes. Also nearby is the iconic San Francisco Bay Aquarium, which is home to over 20,000 local sea creatures waiting to be seen and learned about.
Golden Gate Park
A day at San Francisco’s most iconic park is always a winner amongst families. Golden Gate Park is a 1000+ acre park features lovely lakes such as Stowe Lake, where you can rent a little paddle boat; Koret’s Children’s Quarter, which is home to a charming 1914 carousel; the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest of its kind in the country; the bison paddock, where kids will get a kick out of seeing first hand a herd of American bison, and so much more. Other can’t-miss points of interest include the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers and its 1,700+ species of rare aquatic and tropical plants; the photogenic Dutch windmills by Ocean Beach; and the new Ferris wheel located in the Music Concourse, which offers riders unparalleled, 360-degree views of the city. For curious kids with a particular interest in learning, be sure to spend some time at the California Academy of Sciences which offers a range of unique exhibits including a four-story rain forest.
For an unforgettable San Francisco experience, book a whale watching tour from a number of companies that offer tours and cruises. Whale watching offers a great opportunity to take in views of San Francisco, the sparkling bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and more, all while on the lookout for some of the world's greatest creatures! Now through May, Gray Whales are in migration from the Bering sea to their breeding areas in Baja California. Imagine the excitement of witnessing an enormous 45-foot Gray Whale jumping out of the ocean! Other popular sightings include that of the small, dolphin-lookalike harbor porpoises; playful dolphins; large California sea lions; harbor seals; and seabird colonies. Dress warm; bring a camera and binoculars; and keep your eyes peeled!
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