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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around San Francisco

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from San Francisco. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Lavender Bee Farm
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Japanese Tea Garden
Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Gardens
Conservatory of Flowers
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley


Get Wild on a Hike

  Bernal Heights Trail
Ft. Point - Baker Beach Coast Trail 
Bartholomew park Trails
Joaquin Miller Park


Time Travel Today

  The American Bookbinders Museum
Tenderloin Museum
Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center 
Hyde Street Living History Players
Ardenwood Historic Farm
Columbia State Historic Park


Make Life a Beach

Crown State Beach
Keller Beach 
Santa Cruz Main Beach
Moss Landing State Beach
Heart's Desire Beach
Muir Beach


Splash into Some Water Fun

Raging Waters
  South Bay Shores
Golf Land San Jose
Aqua Adventure 
Great Wolf Lodge


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Randall Museum of Science, Nature and the Arts
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Aquarium of the Bay
Asian Art Museum


Explore These Cities

Santa Rosa
San Jose


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  The Maritime Museum
The Golden State Railroad Museum
Wings of History Air Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum
The Transportation Museum
Academy of Art University Automobile Museum
San Francisco Whale Tours
Niles Canyon Railway 


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Alemany Farm 
Hidden Villa
Emma Prusch Farm Park
Ardenwood Farm Park
Florence Fang Community Farm
Jacob's Farm 
Swanton Berry Farm


Play Ball!

  Classic Bowling Center
San Francisco Croquet Club
Urban Putt
San Francisco Baseball Academy
San Francisco Tennis Club


Treat Yo' Self

  Joe's Ice Cream
Smitten Ice Cream
Bi-Rite Creamery 
The Castro Fountain
Mitchell's Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Yerba Buena Garden
  Conservatory of Flowers
Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden
Shakespeare's Garden in Golden Gate Park


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Children's Fairyland
  Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Flyer Thrill Zone & 7D Experience


Talk to the Animals

  San Francisco Zoo 
Oakland Zoo 
Aquarium of the Bay
Tilden Regional Park Little Farm
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo 
Palo Alto Jr. Museum and Zoo
Slide Ranch


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Museum of African Diaspora
Museo Italia Americano
The Mexican Museum
Japanese Tea Garden


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Castle Falls State Park
Maple Falls
  Rainbow Falls 
Carson Falls


Get Active Indoors

  Learning Haven
Little Oceanauts
Imagination Playground
Peek-a-Boo Factory SF
Jumpity Bumpity Daly City
Go Bonkers


Challenge Yourself

  San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Clockwise Escape Room
Yerba Buena Ice Skating


Shop Your Heart Out

Christopher's Books
Blackbird Book Store
Green Apple Books on the Park
Westfield San Francisco Centre
Anchorage Square

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown San Francisco. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away