3 kid orientated things to do in San Fran

We spent New years Eve in San Fran 2017/18 and usually we don’t visit specific places that are kid orientated. Our kids come with us wherever we go, we can make places more child friendly but usually we just balance visiting interesting places with accommodation having a pool or wi-fi so they can watch Netflix.

However in San Fran we made a special effort (it must have been the New Year’s alcohol lol) and took them to three places which are specifically great for kids.. and big kids too.

If you’re planning on visiting San Francisco soon, two of these places are even free which is great for us budget travellers.

Baker Beach

You cannot possibly go all the way to San Fran and not visit Baker Beach. This is the beach that sits directly under the Golden Gate Bridge which is actually red.

It’s a small covey beach which hugs the Atlantic. In January it was not warm but certainly was not as cold as some of the British beaches we’ve been to. The beach has panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Lands End, just make sure you wrap up warm!

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Baker Beach

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Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge

California Academy of Sciences

California’s Academy of Sciences is excessively expensive for a family of five BUT incredibly worth while visiting and as a bonus it’s open three hundred and sixty-five days a year. If you plan on spending quite a bit of time in San Fran, or even visiting more than once, you might want to consider buying a membership.

It is described as the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum and there’s a wealth of information to be seen and learned. 

Our top tip would be to get a free ticket for the planetarium and don’t miss your slot. Such a breath-taking experience to see how small the earth is in comparison to space. Also make sure you get there early and take a packed lunch!

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Inside the academy of sciences

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The aquarium

Battery Spencer

There are two batteries near the Golden gate bridge and in order to get to this one you’ll need to cross the bridge.

During the early 1900’s, Battery Spencer was one of the main protection points for the San Francisco harbour. It featured manned, military guns and buildings for housing generators and shells.

It was operated until World War II and today it is free to visit where you can explore abandoned buildings and get that amazing view over the bridge and back over to San Fran city. Although on the day we visited the cloud coverage came in quickly and left the city only partially visible.

Parking was chaotic and full when we got there, so we parked about 1/2km up the hill and walked down. The area is full of walking and cycling paths and whilst visiting we saw at least five buzzards in the sky.

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The view over San Francisco from Battery Spencer

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The walk ways and bridge near Battery Spencer

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