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A while back my husband had to take a work trip from Atlanta to San Francisco. We had a nine month old at the time, and I had never been to San Fran, so I got an extra ticket and tagged along. The first few days of our trip, I was on my own with a baby in a totally new city. Even though I didn’t know of any things to do in San Francisco, I was determined to see it!

I quickly found that there is so much to do in San Francisco. One list could never cover it all! So here are 10 things to do in San Francisco with the family.

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10 Things To Do In San Francisco With The Family

Even though I didn't know what to do on my first visit, I was determined to see it! Here are 10 things to do in San Francisco.

The Embarcadero

The Financial District is known to be more of a business district, but I found it to be less crowded and full of many hidden gems. The many local shops, restaurants, and bakeries make it worth it. You can also stroll along the water and catch a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge. Go on a Saturday morning to visit the farmers market.

Alamo Square

Alamo Square is the neighborhood home to the famous Painted Ladies. These are the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian style houses that sit side by side, up and down the hilly streets. Even more importantly, these houses on the square are the ones made famous by the opening credits in the 90’s TV series, Full House.

Lombard Street

Yep, another tourist trap. But I am a sucker for famous sights, so this is one that I couldn’t miss. This street twists and turns at such extreme angels that it claims the nickname of “the crookedest street in the world.” You can walk it, drive it, or just catch some views from the top.

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Muir Woods and Muir Lookout

This is the one spot that should be at the very top of your list. Muir Woods is a National Monument and has some of the most beautiful, breathtaking views in the world. The Redwoods captivate family members of all ages.

Ride an Old Fashioned Cable Car

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cable car system in San Francisco is actually the last manually operated cable car system in the world. Visit Powell and Market Streets to catch a ride, but be ready to wait in a long line.

Mission Dolores Park

This park has an amazing view of the whole city of San Francisco. It’s accessible by train, and perfect for an afternoon picnic.

10 Things To Do In San Francisco With The Family

Golden Gate Bridge

You can’t go to San Francisco and not visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk it or bike it, and try to go on a clear day so you can get the best views. I think it’s best viewed from the Marin County side. 

In N Out

Another San Francisco, and really, California, classic. It’s burgers and fries, so the kids will definitely approve. The food is free of additives, fillers, and preservatives, so parents approve too! Oh, and everything tastes really really good. 

Golden Gate Park

There are so many things to see and do in Golden Gate Park. I suggest riding bikes so that you can see as much as possible and get the full experience. You should definitely ride by the buffalos and visit the playground and carousel. 

Macondray Lane

This might be a less popular tourist stop, but I’m all for local quirks when visiting a new town. This small pedestrian lane feels enchanted and supposedly inspired the Tales of a City novel series.

This list doesn’t even cover the amazing bakeries, coffee shops, and hole in the wall eateries, but I think you’ll be just fine finding those on your own. San Francisco is such a creative and hip place- you really can’t go wrong!

Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Aaron and Clare. She loves to travel (even with kids!), find a good bargain, and enjoys an iced chai latte with soy milk every now and then. When she’s not wrangling the kids at the playground or the zoo, she can be found practicing hand lettering, reading about pregnancy and natural childbirth, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.