10 Must See Attractions with a Tween/Teen in San Francisco

Whether you’re just visiting or mom of a tween or teen, these are the 10 places that are guaranteed to be fun for teens and tweens.

1. Blazing Saddles (Pier 41)

On a bicycle built for 3!

Pier 41
San Francisco, California

Best way to see the city.

“Great way to see San Francisco”

See San Francisco from a bike. One of the best ways to enjoy the city. Located in Fisherman’s Wharf, you can easily bike to Crissy Field and enjoy a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. If your family is more adventurous and in shape, the best route is to take the bike path that goes over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and take the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf. There will be some quintessential San Francisco hills, so this route is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Blazing Saddles has a lot of options for the various ages of your kids. There are trailers, baby seats, tag-a-longs to help younger kids enjoy the ride without getting too exhausted. Lots of babies and toddlers manage to catch a quick snooze in the trailers.

Great for tweens and teens who love the outdoors. There is a lot of city traffic since Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge are two of the most crowded sections of San Francisco, so not recommended for smaller kids who are just learning to bike.

Great places to stop with the kids while on the bike tour are the Exploratorium/Palace of Fine Arts and the two vista points for the Golden Gate Bridge (one from the city side) and the other one from the Sausalito side (great pictures of SF).

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24 Willie Mays Plz
San Francisco, California

“Gotta see a Giants game “

I’m not particularly a baseball fanatic, but watching a game at AT&T park is one of my favorite things to do. AT&T Park is right on the bay and if you catch a night game, you can watch the sunset over the water. Absolutely stunning.We took my son here when he was 1.5 years old and he loved all the lights and big screen shots of “ball!” Out in left field,you’ll see the huge Coca-Cola bottle and glove. There are actually 4 slides inslde the Coke bottle that slide into “home plate” You can also climb up the baseball glove.Fun for teenagers, who love the excitement. It’s especially fun especially if there’s a homerun hit out into the water. During the days of Barry Bonds, folks would wait in the water riding kayaks or boats to catch a homerun shot.Food! Don’t miss out on the garlic fries from Gordon Biersch. Simply deadly, but you’ll be fighting over the last one. My son had his first chocolate chip cookie here at 18 months and fell in love.

San Francisco gets cold, so be sure to bring lots of warm clothing and blankets. I’ve been to games wearing a ski jacket, wool hat, mittens and my fingers were still ice, ice… baby cold.


Downtown San Francisco
San Francisco, California

“The Real San Francisco Treat”
Your kids probably don’t know what the Rice a Roni song, but they’ve still gotta take a rollercoaster ride on the SF cable cars up and down those crazy hills. If you’ve got little kids who are afraid of loud noises, this might be too much. Just take the bus and watch the cable cars from the street.For older kids, get on board and enjoy the ride. For your thrill-seeking teens/tweens, have them stand on the trolley off the back and get the true experience of riding the trolley old school style.Be sure to take it down to the end of Powell and see where they turn the cars around. If you take it to the end of the California line, you can get off at Mason Street near the Fairmount Hotel and head 3 blocks north to visit the Cable Car Museum if you’re kids are into a bit of history.
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Esther Lee is one of the co-founders of Trekaroo. She is also the mom to a 6 year old boy and 1 year old baby girl.

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