Taking a trip to the big city? You won’t find a shortage of things to explore in San Francisco. We try to make a trip at least once a year and we are still amazed by the new experiences we find each time we go. If you are not careful you can waste a whole day trying to figure out one activity. It is good to go with a plan. You should know where you are going and how you are going to get there. We once booked a room in the business district and spent most of our time walking to find anything. I don’t recommend this unless you like sore feet and an exhausted body. Most of your time here will be spent walking so it is best to save your energy for the memorable parts of the city.
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The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is the center icon of the bay area in San Francisco. People from all over the world come to see it and admire its presence. There are various tours that offer trips to the Golden Gate Bridge. We took Marina Blvd all the way down to Mason Street and parked in the Hamilton Street Parking which was free. From there we walked through hills and trails to get unforgettable views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. At the top of the hill, you will come up to The Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center where you will see Roadhouse Cafe. It’s a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some refreshments. Don’t forget your camera the views are a memorable experience! If there is one thing you will do in this great city, it will be to take pictures. Every corner offers a photographic moment.
California Academy Of Sciences
If your looking for a fun family experience for the kids San Francisco provides an array of activities for the children. We took a day trip with our kids to Golden Gate Park. California Academy Of Sciences was our first stop and it was worth it. The kids were excited to explore the aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum. The Osher Rainforest Exhibit was something to remember with birds flying over your head and butterflies of all kinds. You could easily spend half the day in here experiencing everything that is offered. Once you have seen all there is to see in the California Academy Of Sciences step outside and follow the crowds. Just across the way, you will find the Tea Garden, Botanical Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers. This whole area is an explorers dream.
Fishermans Warf offers more food, shops, and attractions that one would need in a lifetime. The sites, the smells, and the sounds are something that will never leave you. From entertaining street performers to the historical sounds of the trolly bells every corner offers a delightful experience to remember. Teaming with history Fishermans Warf offers plenty of vintage hands-on attractions including a vintage arcade and old ships with interesting backgrounds. Check out the SS Jeremiah O’Brien and the USS Pampanito both on Pier 45. Kids love exploring these ships and learning about all of the histories that they provide. We once spent a whole day exploring ships and dining at all of the seafood restaurants.
If you have spent most of your time walking around this magnificent city you will find joy in knowing about Mile-long Baker Beach. It offers a relaxing day in the sun for friends and family. Located at the base of the serpentine cliffs. I have easily spend a whole day here. Parking is free and the walk to the shore isn’t too far. The beach can get crowded on warm days so be prepared for the crowds. We like to go early to get settled in and the view of the bridge is spectacular. On the east side of the parking area, you can find restrooms and benches. If you are having a BBQ there are grills provided. Kids can play in the sand and run off all of that energy.
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What’s your favorite part of San Francisco?