24 hours in san francisco with kids

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San Francisco with Kids

I cannot resist a great seat sale, so when I realized that I could get our whole family of four to San Francisco for about the same as 2 regular priced tickets….we were as good as on our way. Having honeymooned in this city years ago, my husband and I had visited most of the major tourist attractions already. On this trip we decided to leave it up to the kids to plan our itinerary. Leading up to our departure, we spent our evenings watching various youtube clips about the city, and in the end, my kids came up with this ‘must see’ list.

Here is a quick little video (2 min.) or just continue reading below:


the cable cars

We rode the cable cars up, down, and around the city, during the morning hours (before the crowds arrived and lineups became prohibitively long).

Riding the Cable Cars with Kids


the cable car museum

We stopped by this ‘free’ museum to learn just how those cable cars get pulled up those insanely steep hills.

San Francisco with Kids


lombard street

We got our heart rates up by walking up and then back down Lombard Street. On a nice day, the views from the top are quite stunning.

San Francisco with Kids


pier 39

We took a quick stroll around Pier 39 to experience the hustle and bustle and watch the antics of the sea lions.

San Francisco with children

Family Friendly Attractions San Francisco


ghirardelli square and chocolate shop

Never ones to pass by a chocolate shop without indulging (especially after burning so many calories walking around the city), we spent some time at the Ghirardelli Sundae Bar and enjoyed the festively decorated Ghirardelli Square.

Ghirardelli Square San Francisco


union square

While the kids checked out the sights and sounds of Union Square, my husband and I took turns darting into some of the great shops in the area.

San Francisco with kids


the embarcadero outdoor skating rink

We finished our day with a family skate under the stars at the Embarcadero Outdoor Ice Arena.

Outdoor Ice Skating San Francisco


the vintage trolley cars

To get us back from the Embarcadero to our fantastic family-friendly vacation rental apartment in Noe Valley, we took one of the city’s antique trolleys. Not to be confused with the cable car system, the trolleys are a collection of restored antiques electric cars from around the world (ours was from Milan).

Things to do with kids San Francisco

It was a perfect end to a perfect day !



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