San Francisco, a city that's rumored to have more dogs than children, isn't likely the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation. For one, pushing a stroller up the famously steep hills is not for the faint of heart. And there's no denying that many visitors come to indulge in the cutting-edge food and drink scene and unabashedly off-color entertainment.
Yet in this city rife with green open spaces and surrounded by glorious natural splendor, families with children of all ages will find more than enough activities to fill a trip, from world-class science museums and sprawling parks to antique carousels and gigantic playgrounds. A community spirit abounds for those who seek it—major cultural institutions like the Museum of Craft and Design, the de Young Museum and the Presidio Officers' Club regularly host kids-only activities, and the warmer months bring festivals like Sunday Streets, where vehicle traffic in neighborhoods throughout the city is temporarily re-routed to accommodate a pedestrian-only, family-friendly block party.
And for some children, even San Francisco itself can feel like an adventure park, with its cable cars, sea lions at Pier 39, sailboats dotting the bay, historic ships on Hyde Street Pier, colorful Chinatown, colossal redwoods and famous chocolate shops. If you're looking for a quick way to score tickets to San Francisco's top destinations, CityPASS offers admission to the most popular attractions at a reduced rate, rolled into one ticket price.