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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Attractions in San Francisco

  1. California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences is located inside the Golden Gate Park. It’s quite spacious and contains a rainforest, an aquarium, a planetarium and a museum. The aquarium is known as the Steinhart Aquarium and is home to many colorful species of fish. The artificial rainforest is known as the Osher Rainforest and is four-storied. It contains about 1600 animals living in an environment which replicates their natural habitat. The museum, known as the Kimball Natural History Museum, is focused on teaching kids about evolution. Two of the most famous residents of the academy are a white alligator named Claude and the penguins imported from Africa.


  1. San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
Siberian Tiger in the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

The San Francisco Zoo & Gardens was founded in the year 1929. It is located near another popular attraction, the Ocean Beach. It is home to some of the tiniest animals and also to some of the biggest ones. The zoo also contains many endangered and rare species of animals. Top attractions include the Cat Kingdom, which houses lions, tigers and snow leopards. Then there is the Primate Discovery Center and the African Region. The latter houses ostriches, giraffes and zebras. Another popular section is the South American Tropical Rainforest which contains sloths, birds and reptiles.


  1. Explore how things work at the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a museum dedicated to art, human perception and to science. It’s a great place to visit with your kids. The museum focuses on teaching kids the importance of asking questions. They not only get encouraged, but will also learn a lot. The children can observe and learn interesting things like how protein is beneficial for making muscles. Other interesting topics include learning about light pigments, single-cell organisms, and how to make candies. Other than these, Exploratorium also organizes workshops and screens films from time to time.


  1. Learn about marine animals at the Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay

The Aquarium of the Bay is one the top attractions at San Francisco. Located near Fisherman’s Wharf, it is home to about 30,000 marine creatures. All of these animals can be found at the San Francisco Bay. Naturalists at the aquarium help your kids to understand marine life and its various ecosystems. One of the popular exhibits includes the Touch the Bay exhibit, where you can get a close look at sea stars, sting rays and sharks. Then there is the Bay Lab which offers an interactive experience. The cute baby sea otters are also a hit with the kids.


  1. Be experimental at the Randall Museum
Randall Museum

The Randall Museum is focused on arts, environment and science. It is home to many exhibits which promote learning. At the STEM Lab, they can learn how to experiment with modern tech tools. The Ceramics Lab teaches them how to make ceramic. Then there is the Natural Sciences Lab, which encourages children to explore all aspects of nature. Lastly, there is the Buckley Redwood Room, which hosts events in a stunning environment. After touring all the sections, check into the museum’s café with your kids for a light meal.


  1. Be creative at the Children’s Creativity Museum
Children’s Creativity Museum Carousel

As the name says, the Children’s Creativity Museum is focused on enhancing and celebrating the creativity of children. The museum achieves this with the help of innovative presentations and programs. Each of the exhibits is taught by an educator or an artist who guides the children. Kids can learn how to make clay characters at the Animation Studio. They can become singers for a day at the Music Studio. Then there is the Invention Lab which encourages kids to employ critical thinking. For the daydreamers, there is the Imagination Lab.


  1. Walt Disney Family Museum
Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum is dedicated to the life and works of Walt Disney. Your kids can learn more about this icon at the prestigious museum which is located at the Presidio. The latter is one of important national parks in California and is also a former base of the US Army. Spread over 40,000 sq feet, the museum makes very good use of all the huge space. It has several galleries which showcase the childhood of Walt Disney. Some other exhibits display all the art works done by him, which contains the first ever sketch of Mickey Mouse. The museum also exhibits the highlights of his career, which includes Bambi, Fantasia, Snow White and Pinocchio.


  1. Go on a boat ride at Stow Lake
Stow Lake

Stow Lake is a quiet retreat located at the Golden Gate Park. It’s the perfect place for spending some quiet time with your family. Stow Lake was built in the 19th century and since then it has been serving as a gateway to nature. Rent a paddle boat or an electric boat from the Stow Lake Boathouse and get going with your family. After the ride is over, relax and taste organic food at the café inside the boathouse. For your kids, the café also serves pink popcorn.


  1. Enjoy nature at the Japanese Tea Garden
Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is yet another attraction located inside the Golden Gate Park. Just like Stow Lake, it is also an escape to nature, albeit nature of Japan. It’s the oldest Japanese Garden in America and features pagodas, bridges and stone paths. Then there are koi ponds and plants which are native to Japan. The best time to visit the garden is from March to April. During this time, the cherry blossoms of the garden are in full bloom. Do not forget to stop at the Tea House to experience authentic Japanese tea with your kids.


  1. See the sights on a Cable Car ride
Cable Car Ride in San Francisco

A visit to San Francisco is not complete without taking a ride in one of those iconic cable cars. A cable car ride is described as an ‘unforgettable’ experience by most tourists. It’s a great way to explore the city and to view its various neighborhoods. It is an experience which is meant for both adults and kids. Get in one of these cable cars and enjoy close views of San Fran. Cheer with your kids as you go near the bay or over the rolling hills. Adding to your experience will be the car’s bells and cables!

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:34:56.

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