One of the places I want to visit some day is San Francisco. There are so many things to do in San Francisco, but this guest post will give you a great start on what to do when you visit!
With its iconic streets, lively atmosphere and array of attractions, San Francisco is a great place to go on a family trip. If you’re planning a holiday to this west coast city with your youngsters in tow, you won’t be stuck for things to do. Here are just some of the tourist hotspots that are well worth adding to your sightseeing itinerary.
Ride The Ducks
No visit to this bustling metropolis is complete without taking a Ride The Ducks San Francisco sightseeing tour. These amphibious vehicles travel on land and in water, making for a fun experience for adults and kids alike. Setting off from Fisherman’s Wharf, the boats will take you on a cruise around the famous McCovey Cove and drive you around some of the city’s historic streets.
Along the way, your captain will keep you entertained with a mixture of music and fascinating facts about the area’s past and present.
Golden Gate Park
The third most visited park in the whole of the United Sates, the Golden Gate Park is a must-see. Offering superb views over this magnificent bridge, it is filled with museums, gardens, lakes and wildlife.
The best thing is, the attraction is free to visit during the day. However, bear in mind you’ll need to pay if you want to see attractions like the Conservatory of Flowers and California Academy of Sciences.
San Francisco Zoo
Another firm family favorite is San Francisco Zoo. Located next to the ocean, this oasis in the city is home to more than 1,000 animals from over 250 species. While there, you can see everything from ostriches to giraffes, zebras and grizzly bears. There are farm animals to feed and pet in the Fisher Family Children’s Zoo too.
The zoo also contains Penguin Island, which boasts the largest captive colony of Magellanic penguins in the world.
At Pier 15 in the bustling waterfront district, you’ll find the Exploratorium. This museum of science, art and human perception contains hundreds of exhibits. Opened over 40 years ago, it aims to change the way the world learns by combining fun and exploration.
Its contents are divided into themed galleries and it includes areas focusing on living systems, human behavior, the weather and the physics of seeing and listening.
If you have the time, plan a trip over the water to Alcatraz Island. With its imposing former federal prison building, this was once home to some of the country’s most notorious criminals, including the likes of Al Capone and Robert ‘The Birdman’ Stroud.
Now home to a variety of plants, rare flowers, sea birds and marine wildlife, the island is the perfect spot for a day trip.
Because there’s so much to see and do when you’re in San Francisco, it’s a good idea to make a plan before you arrive. This way, you won’t miss out on any of the top attractions and you’ll be able to make the most of your stay.