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San Francisco’s legendary hospitality and enviable quality of life makes it an ideal destination for a relaxing yet invigorating family trip. There are more than enough attractions to keep the youngsters happy and occupied, while the adults will find great culture, fabulous food, and stimulating museums. With its wealth of eco-friendly green spaces, a well-deserved reputation for walkability, and a year-round temperate climate, a family vacation in San Francisco has all the ingredients for a feast of family fun.

Things to see in San Francisco

The whole family will enjoy an outing to Pier 39. This former fishing pier houses a colorful carousel, an aquarium, and numerous stores and restaurants. But the main reason families flock here is to see the resident colony of sealions that have made the dock their home. These friendly creatures bask in the sun, offering up irresistible photo opportunities. Kids will love a tour of storied Alcatraz, the former island prison that incarcerated legendary criminals such as Al Capone, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and the famous “birdman,” Robert Franklin Stroud. “The Rock” is now one of San Francisco’s top tourist attractions, with numerous ferries plying the short but forbidding journey across the bay. The Exploratorium is another wonderful place to spend an instructive and entertaining family day out. This hands-on museum puts an imaginative twist on scientific discovery, and if you can’t fit in a full tour there’s an outdoor area that’s free to visit any time.

Family-friendly hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco has a wealth of accommodation that’s waiting to welcome families. From reliable international brands to privately owned B&Bs, San Francisco’s family-friendly hotels come in all shapes and sizes—just like families themselves! If you’re traveling with very young children, check out the child-friendly San Francisco hotels that provide free cribs and babysitting services. The best family-friendly hotels in San Francisco offer money-saving family rooms, along with a pool or fitness suite where the youngsters can burn off excess energy. Inclusions such as free breakfast and free WiFi make the family budget go further, so don’t be afraid to shop around.

Where to stay in San Francisco

Many of San Francisco’s top family hotels are located around Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll not only be within walking distance of this popular tourist quarter, you’ll also be right on top of the city’s iconic cable car lines—a fun way to explore further afield. If you have fashion princesses and gadget geeks in tow, opt for a family hotel in downtown San Francisco—you can’t get closer to the retail action than Union Square. If you prefer the great outdoors, stay in the tranquil residential neighborhood around Golden Gate Park and enjoy walks in the fresh air and bike rides along the bay.

How to get to San Francisco

Most international flights arrive into San Francisco International Airport, one of the US’s busiest hubs. The easiest way to get downtown by public transportation is on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) network. However, if you’re traveling with a large family group, it might be more cost-effective to pre-book a private shuttle direct to your hotel. Check first to see if your hotel runs a free shuttle for guests—many do. Getting around this compact city is easy on the “Muni” rail, subway, and bus network—ask about child concessions and handy multi-trip tickets and save a pretty penny on your travel costs.

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