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10 Must See Attractions in San Francisco with Kids K-5

Elementary school aged kids are eager explorers and discovering San Francisco with them is a total blast.  Kids at this age are great communicators, able to follow a tour, are interested in history, and are strong enough to do what may be more demanding physically.  If you are coming to San Francisco with a child who is in elementary school, here are some must see attractions listed in order of importance.

1. Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California

Take a Bike Ride from Fisherman’s Wharf through Crissy Field, Fort Point, and across the Golden Gate Bridge. The views are simply stunning and you’ll have the opportunity to savor some of the most picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge. With a kinder kid, you might want to get a tandem bike, but with older kids, they will probably be able to manage the enter ride on their own. It’s about 3 miles. Bay City Bikes offers a bike rental and ferry ride return from Sausalito.
2. Alcatraz
Pier 33 (on Embarcadero and Bay St)
Hornblower Alcatraz Landing San Francisco, California
Alcatraz is the infamous maximum security prison where Al Capone, Bird Man and others spent the last days of their lives. Also featured in the movie The Rock, Alcatraz is a place where kids will be introduced to the bizarre stories that make up the mystique of this island. Elementary school aged kids will also love the ferry ride to the island with beautiful views of San Francisco. But the night tour is probably a little too scary for young kids.

3. California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, California

This brand new home of the California Academy of Sciences is one of the most celebrated green buildings in the country with it’s novel living roof. It’s a must see building, but the exhibits are also exciting for kids and adults alike. Explore the 4 story rain forest, see stars in the planetarium, and get up close to over 40,000 animals.
4. Wells Fargo History Museum
420 Montgomery Street
Between California and Sacramento
San Francisco, California

A big part of San Francisco’s history is anchored in the part it played as the gate way to the Gold Rush. The Wells Fargo History Museum allows elementary school aged kids to discover the sights and sounds of the gold rush. They’ll love the tales of that bygone era as well as seeing real gold nuggets.
5. San Francisco Chinatown
750 Kearney Street
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Chinatown is a feast for the senses. For elementary school aged kids who are beginning to learn about diversity and culture, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a great way to become immersed in a different culture without leaving our borders. Introduce your child to dim sum at Great Eastern Restaurant, egg tarts at the famous Gold Gate Bakery, or visit the Fortune Cookie Factory. You might even like to give your child a few dollars to spend on an interesting trinket from half way round the world.

Visit Trekaro to view list of all kid-friendly activities in and around San Francisco for elementary school aged kids recommended by Trekaroo famlies.  You can filter activities by age, cost, and type.

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2 Responses to 10 Must See Attractions in San Francisco with Kids K-5

  1. TravelPangs June 18, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Thanks for the link to our blog post, Minnemom. We love here you at Trekaroo.

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