About Martha C
Lives in Mill Valley, California
Since Aug 2007
25-34 year old female
I love to travel to destinations where I can sample lots of great food, see beautiful sights and be exposed to cultures that I might know nothing about!
Speciality Museums, Science Museums, Children's Museums
Piers & Boardwalks
Game & Entertainment Centres
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,
Performances, Comedy Clubs
Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites, National Parks
The Exploratorium has long been one of San Francisco's many amazing interactive museums, and its new location, right on the water at Pier 15, is even more impressive, and a much larger facility than the original. Expect lots of great science exhibits that will teach your kids (and you!) all about the world around them.
With its cutting-edge eco-friendly building (complete with living roof) and fascinating nature and natural history exhibits, the California Academy of Sciences is a great place for kids and adults alike! The indoor rainforest is not to be missed, and there is a wonderful aquarium too! The brave kids in your bunch will love the earthquake simulator, which gives you a scarily accurate idea of what the big California quakes really feel like!
Not technically in San Francisco — but well worth the trip across the Bay — the Bay Area Discovery Museum is fantastic for kids (and adults) of all ages! Nestled in a cove on the outskirts of Sausalito, this museum is very interactive, with a special area for toddlers and an art room where they can get messy with daily changing craft projects. Bonus: The view from this area cannot be beat: a special angle of the Golden Gate Bridge that not every visitor to SF gets to see!
There's a reason that Pier 39 is on the top-10 lists of just about every San Francisco travel guide — it's hard to get more iconic than this. Always bustling with people, the waterfront complex has a lot to offer, from an aquarium and carousel to lots of restaurants and of course the famous sea lions! If you're looking for San Francisco gear to take home with you, this is also a great spot to find it all.
Clocking in at just over 1,000 acres, Golden Gate Park is a playground for young and old alike. Whether you ride the Golden Gate Park Carousel, hop on a segway tour, or just saunter through the expansive greenery, it's a great escape from the city hustle and bustle.
Families with older (and adventurous) kids will have a blast at House of Air, a huge facility packed with trampolines on which to jump up, down, and even sideways!
A great spot to treat the kids (and yourself), The Ice Cream Bar is an amazing 1930s-style soda fountain and classic lunch counter. Everything here — from the ice cream and waffle cones to the wheat and brioche breads — are made in-house from locally sourced ingredients. Kids will love the candies and sodas, while parents will enjoy adult-style milkshakes and phosphates with an added kick!
A trip to San Francisco is not complete without a visit to the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace. You can sample Humphry Slocombe ice cream, Miette pastries, Cowgirl Creamery cheese and so much more. You and your kids are bound to leave feeling full and happy after an hour or so here!
A delightful experience for all ages, the Marrakech Magic Theater is a magic show like no other! Magician Peter Morrison delights the crowd with his family-friendly humor and amazing magic tricks. It's very interactive too, which the kids will surely love.
You can't really get much more iconic than this popular attraction in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz was once a working prison, and much of the structure is still very much intact. Expect a nice ferry ride and a few hours of exploring the buildings and paths on the island. The audio tour is top notch, and you and your family will leave feeling like you've gotten a personalized history lesson!