101 Family Day Trips from San Francisco | Kids Out and About San Francisco

101 Family Day Trips from San Francisco

 

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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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
Terderloin 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
Curiodyssey
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Aquarium of the Bay

 

Explore These Cities

  Monterey
Santa Rosa
Calistoga
Carmel-by-the-Sea
San Jose
Sacramento
Sausalito

 

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
Sea Spirit Ocean Academy
San Francisco Whale Tours
Niles Canyon Railway 

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Alemany Farm 
Hidden Villa
Emma Prusch Farm Park
Ardenwood Farm Park
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
Cream 
Honey Creme 
Bi-Rite Creamery 
The Castro Fountain

 

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

 

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
Chinatown
Japanese Tea Garden

 

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Castle Falls State Park
Berry Creek Falls
Maple Falls
  Rainbow Falls 
Carson Falls

 

Get Active Indoors

  Play Haven
Pump It Up 
Little Oceanauts
The COOP 
iFly
House of Air 

 

Challenge Yourself

  San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Clockwise Escape Room
Yerba Buena Ice Skating
Fort Miley Adventure Ropes Course

 

Shop Your Heart Out

  Charlie's Corner Bookstore
Christopher's Books
Blackbird Book Store
Green Apple Books on the Park

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