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Known around the world as a first-rate destination, San Francisco has carved out an enviable reputation for its steep rolling hills, pastel-painted Victorians, cable cars, and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But the city is also a mecca for families, with a laundry list of kid-friendly attractions that go way beyond the cliched tourist destinations (we're looking at you, Alcatraz).

From historic theaters to museums with dozens of hands-on experiences, San Francisco offers both locals and visitors a never-ending list of things to do. And while there's plenty of activities if rain forces your family inside―like the de Young Museum and the Exploratorium―the city really shines when the clouds clear and you can play outside.

Gorgeous beaches will entertain kids for hours, and the 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park and the Presidio national park offer families the opportunity to row boats, play in tree forts, and explore innovative playgrounds. Perhaps the best part of the city is how easy it is to navigate; most kid-friendly spots are in a concentrated area with access to public transportation.

So without further ado, here are the 30 best places in San Francisco to visit with kids. Have another favorite spot that didn't make it onto our list? Let us know in the comments.

Traveling to other cities with your kiddos? Don’t miss Curbed’s maps of the best family activities in Washington, D.C., Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Austin, and New York City.

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1. Bay Area Discovery Museum

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557 McReynolds Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-3900
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Yes, you have to cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get to this children's museum, but we promise it's worth the trip. 

Located on the bay near Sausalito, the Bay Area Discovery Museum boasts a plethora of hands-on, indoor/outdoor experiences for kids aged 6 months to 10 years. 

Don't miss the Lookout Cove, a 2.5-acre outdoor area with tide pools, gravel pits, fishing boats, shipwrecks, caves, and spider web installations.

2. Aquarium of the Bay

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PIER 39 The Embarcadero &, Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 623-5300
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Kids of all ages will like this sprawling aquarium located on the waterfront at Pier 39. You’ll see more than 20,000 marine animals like sharks, rays, octopus, jellyfish, river otters, and more.

3. House of Air

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926 Old Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 212-4197
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If you need an indoor option, check out this trampoline park in San Francisco's Crissy Field. 

Located in a converted airplane hanger, families can take advantage of open trampoline jump time, trampoline dodgeball, and even sometimes catch Olympians training on the trampolines.

4. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 447-5000
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There are many reasons to avoid the tourist-afflicted Fisherman's Wharf, but one spot we can recommend is the San Francisco National Maritime Park. 

Kids can see the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, where a three-masted cargo ship and a paddle steamboat are docked. There's also a sandy beach and many kids also like to watch the boats in action from Aquatic Park.

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5. Coit Tower

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1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-0808
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This 210-foot white concrete tower—built in 1933—nestled into the top of Pioneer Park might be on a lot of tourist must-do lists, but trust us when we say your kids will be happy here too. 

The tower is accessible by elevator and you'll get amazing 360-degree views of the city. Pro tip: check out the murals inside the tower's base, which depict California life during the Depression.

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6. Exploratorium

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Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444
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Head to the Embaracdero and experience this ode to all things science. 

Hands-on exhibits allow kids to step inside a tornado, count the rings on a 300-year-old tree, and even build their own electrical circuits. Adults will love this place too.

7. Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center

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1 Letterman Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 746-8000
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Located in the Presidio, the Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center is home to Lucas Film. 

Star Wars fanatics will love the life-size Yoda sculpture and the Star Wars costumes located inside the lobby, and the center's surrounding grounds (complete with meadows, a lagoon, and sitting areas) offer an ideal spot for a picnic.

8. City Lights Bookstore

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261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-8193
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Since 1953, City Lights Bookstore has been an icon in the literary world of San Francisco, the first all-paperback bookstore in the U.S. and the birthplace of the Beat movement. 

But there's also a great children's book section, especially if you're inclined to introduce your children to books that specialize in social justice and activism.

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9. San Francisco Cable Car Museum

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1201 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 474-1887
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Machine-obsessed tots look no further: the free Cable Car Museum in San Francisco's Nob Hill should be your first stop. 

Not only will you get valuable info on the city's favorite means of transportation, but also kids can see the cable wheels and working models in action.

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10. Baker Beach

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1504 Pershing Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-4323
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Located below the rugged cliffs on the Presidio’s western shoreline, Baker Beach is a good choice for picnics (there are tables, restrooms, and grills at the east end of the parking lot) and sand castles. 

Note: The northernmost end of Baker Beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers.

Looking for more Bay Area beaches? We’ve got you covered, over here.

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11. Gingerbread Victorian at the Fairmont San Francisco

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950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 772-5000
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On November 30, the Fairmont San Francisco’s gingerbread house will take shape inside the hotel’s lobby. It will feature thousands of house-made gingerbread bricks and gallons of royal icing adorned by hundreds of pounds of candy.

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12. Julius Kahn Playground and Clubhouse

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West Pacific Avenue & Spruce St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 713-4997
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This heavily used spot got a reboot in 2003 to transform it into a "Parisian-style" playground that aims to transport locals to the Luxembourg Gardens. 

Children will love the interactive wet sand play sculpture and climbing equipment, while adults can relax to views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais.

13. Children's Creativity Museum

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221 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 820-3320
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The Children's Creativity Museum is a hands-on space that allows children to imagine and create in a multimedia environment. 

Kids can design their own clay motion animations, pretend to be a rock star in the music studio, or invent a new machine. There's something for all ages here.

14. South Park

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South Park
San Francisco, CA 94107

Created in 1852, South Park remains one of San Francisco’s oldest yet lesser known parks in the city. The park underwent a $3.8 million renovation, opening this year new features: grass, benches, tables, swooping meadows, cement walkways, and a custom universal play area that boasts undulating forms both in structure and in the mounded surface.

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15. Ocean Beach

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Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 561-4323
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On the city's westernmost side, adjacent to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach is a getaway with 3.5 miles of white beaches next to two giant windmills that are sure to fascinate the littles. 

The water is cold and the currents can be hazardous, but Ocean Beach is a top pick for walks and beach time picnics.

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16. Land's End Trail Hike

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680 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

This fairly flat hike (with just one big hill that has stairs) is a good one for older kids discovering their hiking legs. 

The hike starts and finishes at the ruins of the Sutro Baths—a former public bath house that burned to the ground in 1966—and there's also a visitor's center. The out-and-back hike is a total of 2.9 miles, but you can always turn around any time.

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17. De Young Museum

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50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600
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This fine arts museum in Golden Gate Park has plenty to entertain adults, but kids can also have a grand time here with a bit of effort. 

Visit the warrior masks upstairs, explore the sculpture garden outside, and take the elevator to the museum's free observation tower for views of the city. 

The museum also boasts an artist studio where kids can talk to an artist-in-residence and holds free Saturday classes with guided tours and art studio activities.

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18. Spreckels Lake

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Spreckels Lake
San Francisco, CA 94121

Set on the northern side of Golden Gate Park, Spreckels Lake is home to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club

Head to the lake and watch enthusiasts sailing their remote controlled model yachts or bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset beside the beauty of the Monterey Cypress trees.

19. Stow Lake

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50 Stow Lake Dr E
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-2531
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In the heart of Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake is a gorgeous spot to rent rowboats, electric boats, and pedal boats that seat up to 6 people. 

Families can spot a variety of different (and friendly) birds, and if you're lucky you'll see a turtle or two. The boathouse also has a kid-friendly cafe and serves alcohol.

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20. California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000
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As one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences has something for everyone and is well-located in Golden Gate Park. 

Don't miss a fantastic aquarium, planetarium, and a domed, four-story rainforest that boasts animals in three distinct ecosystems.

21. Koret Children's Quarter Playground

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Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Bowling Green Dr
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 861-0778
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Called the Koret Children's Quarter, the children's playground at Golden Gate Park is a magical space with concrete slides, climbing walls, a playground, and plenty of grass for picnics. 

But the park's most unique feature is a gorgeous carousel—originally built in 1914—with 62 animal figures to ride.

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22. In Chan Kaajal Park

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3100 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

This new park in the Mission debuted in 2017 as the In Chan Kaajal Park—meaning “My Little Town” in Mayan.

The alfresco space measures 31,850 square feet and features a sprawling lawn, an outdoor stage and performance space, an adult fitness equipment area, a children’s play area, and an interactive water plaza to help keep you cool whenever San Francisco has an unusual heat wave.

Girl playing on the park, using the new water element on a hot day. Photos courtesy of SF Rec and Park Department

23. Castro Theatre

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429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120
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Adults love the Castro for its stylish shops, popular bars, and bustling restaurants, but there's plenty to do for families too. 

Catch a movie at the historic Castro Theater—built in 1922—where sing-alongs and movie theater classics often play, or head to the adorable playground at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.

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24. Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park

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This playground in between the Castro and the Mission has a loyal following of families who come for the 38-foot mega-slide, plethora of swings, bouldering rocks, and wooden boats. 

Throw in the first-rate city views and its often sunny weather, and this playground is a sure bet.

25. The Randall Museum

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745 Treat Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 554-9600
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Reopened after a $9-million renovation, the Randall Museum offers hands-on science, live animal, and art experiences for school-aged kiddos. 

The remodel will feature a brand new STEM lab, an enlarged ceramics studio, and a sculptural tree that will house raptors in its branches. Pro tip: check out the old playground at the foot of the hill for amazing views.

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26. Seward Street Slides

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30 Seward St
San Francisco, CA 94114

This mini-park near the Castro—built in 1973—boasts a community garden and loads of native plants. 

But the main attraction is two steep concrete slides that are a thrill for older kids and adults alike. Bring a piece of cardboard and wear sturdy pants.

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27. Urban Putt

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1096 S Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-1080
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Older kids will love this wacky indoor miniature golf course, featuring 14 holes of putt putt with many designed to look like iconic San Francisco locations. 

Bonus for parents: there's a full-service restaurant and bar upstairs, so adults can enjoy a beverage while the family plays.

28. The Butterfly Joint

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2640 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 894-2685
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The Butterfly Joint is a woodworking and design studio for children 2 and up. Kids get to clock in with punch cards, put on work aprons, and learn traditional joinery techniques to create gorgeous pieces of art.

29. Bernal Heights Park

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10 Bernal Heights Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94110

This grassy hill park in Bernal Heights doesn’t disappoint. An easy 30-minute walk up a dirt path will earn you 360-degree views of the bay, downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the East Bay, and San Bruno mountain. 

There's also a rope swing at the top of the hill and a dog park for Fido. Pro tip: After the park, stroll down Cortland Avenue for fun bakeries and kid-friendly restaurants like Bernal Star.

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30. Fort Funston

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500 Skyline Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132

If you're looking for more sandy walks on the beach, check out Fort Funston, a former harbor defense station from the early 1900s that also boasts sand dunes. 

Steep cliffs meet the shoreline for picture-perfect scenery, and dogs and older kids alike will have fun chasing the waves (warning: the undertow is dangerous, however, so we don't recommend swimming). 

Fort Funston is also a great place to watch hang-gliders take off from the cliffs above. The walk down to the beach is steep, so this one is better for the older kiddos.

1. Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965

Yes, you have to cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get to this children's museum, but we promise it's worth the trip. 

Located on the bay near Sausalito, the Bay Area Discovery Museum boasts a plethora of hands-on, indoor/outdoor experiences for kids aged 6 months to 10 years. 

Don't miss the Lookout Cove, a 2.5-acre outdoor area with tide pools, gravel pits, fishing boats, shipwrecks, caves, and spider web installations.

557 McReynolds Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965

2. Aquarium of the Bay

PIER 39 The Embarcadero &, Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Kids of all ages will like this sprawling aquarium located on the waterfront at Pier 39. You’ll see more than 20,000 marine animals like sharks, rays, octopus, jellyfish, river otters, and more.

PIER 39 The Embarcadero &, Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. House of Air

926 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129

If you need an indoor option, check out this trampoline park in San Francisco's Crissy Field. 

Located in a converted airplane hanger, families can take advantage of open trampoline jump time, trampoline dodgeball, and even sometimes catch Olympians training on the trampolines.

926 Old Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129

4. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94123

There are many reasons to avoid the tourist-afflicted Fisherman's Wharf, but one spot we can recommend is the San Francisco National Maritime Park. 

Kids can see the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, where a three-masted cargo ship and a paddle steamboat are docked. There's also a sandy beach and many kids also like to watch the boats in action from Aquatic Park.

Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Coit Tower

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133

This 210-foot white concrete tower—built in 1933—nestled into the top of Pioneer Park might be on a lot of tourist must-do lists, but trust us when we say your kids will be happy here too. 

The tower is accessible by elevator and you'll get amazing 360-degree views of the city. Pro tip: check out the murals inside the tower's base, which depict California life during the Depression.

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. Exploratorium

Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Head to the Embaracdero and experience this ode to all things science. 

Hands-on exhibits allow kids to step inside a tornado, count the rings on a 300-year-old tree, and even build their own electrical circuits. Adults will love this place too.

Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center

1 Letterman Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129

Located in the Presidio, the Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center is home to Lucas Film. 

Star Wars fanatics will love the life-size Yoda sculpture and the Star Wars costumes located inside the lobby, and the center's surrounding grounds (complete with meadows, a lagoon, and sitting areas) offer an ideal spot for a picnic.

1 Letterman Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129

8. City Lights Bookstore

261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Since 1953, City Lights Bookstore has been an icon in the literary world of San Francisco, the first all-paperback bookstore in the U.S. and the birthplace of the Beat movement. 

But there's also a great children's book section, especially if you're inclined to introduce your children to books that specialize in social justice and activism.

261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

9. San Francisco Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Machine-obsessed tots look no further: the free Cable Car Museum in San Francisco's Nob Hill should be your first stop. 

Not only will you get valuable info on the city's favorite means of transportation, but also kids can see the cable wheels and working models in action.

1201 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. Baker Beach

1504 Pershing Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129

Located below the rugged cliffs on the Presidio’s western shoreline, Baker Beach is a good choice for picnics (there are tables, restrooms, and grills at the east end of the parking lot) and sand castles. 

Note: The northernmost end of Baker Beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers.

Looking for more Bay Area beaches? We’ve got you covered, over here.

1504 Pershing Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129

11. Gingerbread Victorian at the Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108
A two-story gingerbread house with lights, frosting, and edible bricks in the middle of a hotel lobby. Fairmont San Francisco

On November 30, the Fairmont San Francisco’s gingerbread house will take shape inside the hotel’s lobby. It will feature thousands of house-made gingerbread bricks and gallons of royal icing adorned by hundreds of pounds of candy.

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

12. Julius Kahn Playground and Clubhouse

West Pacific Avenue & Spruce St, San Francisco, CA 94118

This heavily used spot got a reboot in 2003 to transform it into a "Parisian-style" playground that aims to transport locals to the Luxembourg Gardens. 

Children will love the interactive wet sand play sculpture and climbing equipment, while adults can relax to views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais.

West Pacific Avenue & Spruce St
San Francisco, CA 94118

13. Children's Creativity Museum

221 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Children's Creativity Museum is a hands-on space that allows children to imagine and create in a multimedia environment. 

Kids can design their own clay motion animations, pretend to be a rock star in the music studio, or invent a new machine. There's something for all ages here.

221 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. South Park

South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107
Children play on playground equipment. The playground is surrounded by city buildings in San Francisco. Photo by Patricia Chang

Created in 1852, South Park remains one of San Francisco’s oldest yet lesser known parks in the city. The park underwent a $3.8 million renovation, opening this year new features: grass, benches, tables, swooping meadows, cement walkways, and a custom universal play area that boasts undulating forms both in structure and in the mounded surface.

South Park
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. Ocean Beach

Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

On the city's westernmost side, adjacent to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach is a getaway with 3.5 miles of white beaches next to two giant windmills that are sure to fascinate the littles. 

The water is cold and the currents can be hazardous, but Ocean Beach is a top pick for walks and beach time picnics.

Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

16. Land's End Trail Hike

680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

This fairly flat hike (with just one big hill that has stairs) is a good one for older kids discovering their hiking legs. 

The hike starts and finishes at the ruins of the Sutro Baths—a former public bath house that burned to the ground in 1966—and there's also a visitor's center. The out-and-back hike is a total of 2.9 miles, but you can always turn around any time.

680 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

17. De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
A person holds the hands of two children while staring out of floor to ceiling windows overlooking a view of San Francisco.

This fine arts museum in Golden Gate Park has plenty to entertain adults, but kids can also have a grand time here with a bit of effort. 

Visit the warrior masks upstairs, explore the sculpture garden outside, and take the elevator to the museum's free observation tower for views of the city. 

The museum also boasts an artist studio where kids can talk to an artist-in-residence and holds free Saturday classes with guided tours and art studio activities.

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

18. Spreckels Lake

Spreckels Lake, San Francisco, CA 94121

Set on the northern side of Golden Gate Park, Spreckels Lake is home to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club

Head to the lake and watch enthusiasts sailing their remote controlled model yachts or bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset beside the beauty of the Monterey Cypress trees.

Spreckels Lake
San Francisco, CA 94121

19. Stow Lake

50 Stow Lake Dr E, San Francisco, CA 94118

In the heart of Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake is a gorgeous spot to rent rowboats, electric boats, and pedal boats that seat up to 6 people. 

Families can spot a variety of different (and friendly) birds, and if you're lucky you'll see a turtle or two. The boathouse also has a kid-friendly cafe and serves alcohol.

50 Stow Lake Dr E
San Francisco, CA 94118

20. California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

As one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences has something for everyone and is well-located in Golden Gate Park. 

Don't miss a fantastic aquarium, planetarium, and a domed, four-story rainforest that boasts animals in three distinct ecosystems.

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

21. Koret Children's Quarter Playground

Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Bowling Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94117

Called the Koret Children's Quarter, the children's playground at Golden Gate Park is a magical space with concrete slides, climbing walls, a playground, and plenty of grass for picnics. 

But the park's most unique feature is a gorgeous carousel—originally built in 1914—with 62 animal figures to ride.

Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Bowling Green Dr
San Francisco, CA 94117

22. In Chan Kaajal Park

3100 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Girl playing on the park, using the new water element on a hot day. Photos courtesy of SF Rec and Park Department

This new park in the Mission debuted in 2017 as the In Chan Kaajal Park—meaning “My Little Town” in Mayan.

The alfresco space measures 31,850 square feet and features a sprawling lawn, an outdoor stage and performance space, an adult fitness equipment area, a children’s play area, and an interactive water plaza to help keep you cool whenever San Francisco has an unusual heat wave.

3100 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

23. Castro Theatre

429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Adults love the Castro for its stylish shops, popular bars, and bustling restaurants, but there's plenty to do for families too. 

Catch a movie at the historic Castro Theater—built in 1922—where sing-alongs and movie theater classics often play, or head to the adorable playground at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.

429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

24. Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park

San Francisco, CA 94114

This playground in between the Castro and the Mission has a loyal following of families who come for the 38-foot mega-slide, plethora of swings, bouldering rocks, and wooden boats. 

Throw in the first-rate city views and its often sunny weather, and this playground is a sure bet.

25. The Randall Museum

745 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Reopened after a $9-million renovation, the Randall Museum offers hands-on science, live animal, and art experiences for school-aged kiddos. 

The remodel will feature a brand new STEM lab, an enlarged ceramics studio, and a sculptural tree that will house raptors in its branches. Pro tip: check out the old playground at the foot of the hill for amazing views.

745 Treat Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

26. Seward Street Slides

30 Seward St, San Francisco, CA 94114

This mini-park near the Castro—built in 1973—boasts a community garden and loads of native plants. 

But the main attraction is two steep concrete slides that are a thrill for older kids and adults alike. Bring a piece of cardboard and wear sturdy pants.

30 Seward St
San Francisco, CA 94114

27. Urban Putt

1096 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Older kids will love this wacky indoor miniature golf course, featuring 14 holes of putt putt with many designed to look like iconic San Francisco locations. 

Bonus for parents: there's a full-service restaurant and bar upstairs, so adults can enjoy a beverage while the family plays.

1096 S Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

28. The Butterfly Joint

2640 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Butterfly Joint is a woodworking and design studio for children 2 and up. Kids get to clock in with punch cards, put on work aprons, and learn traditional joinery techniques to create gorgeous pieces of art.

2640 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Bernal Heights Park

10 Bernal Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110

This grassy hill park in Bernal Heights doesn’t disappoint. An easy 30-minute walk up a dirt path will earn you 360-degree views of the bay, downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the East Bay, and San Bruno mountain. 

There's also a rope swing at the top of the hill and a dog park for Fido. Pro tip: After the park, stroll down Cortland Avenue for fun bakeries and kid-friendly restaurants like Bernal Star.

10 Bernal Heights Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94110

30. Fort Funston

500 Skyline Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132

If you're looking for more sandy walks on the beach, check out Fort Funston, a former harbor defense station from the early 1900s that also boasts sand dunes. 

Steep cliffs meet the shoreline for picture-perfect scenery, and dogs and older kids alike will have fun chasing the waves (warning: the undertow is dangerous, however, so we don't recommend swimming). 

Fort Funston is also a great place to watch hang-gliders take off from the cliffs above. The walk down to the beach is steep, so this one is better for the older kiddos.

500 Skyline Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132