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Places to visit in San Francisco Area with kids

Beyond the city, here are a list of interesting spots to visit with the kids while you are in the San Francisco bay area

Alcatraz Island (U.S. National Park Service)

More interesting for 10 and older. A visit to the notorious prison is interesting plus the views of the San Francisco skyline makes the trip worth the while.

Angel Island

Known as the "Ellis Island of the West", it is a great place to take your bikes and spend the day. The views aren't bad either.

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Welcome to the Academy - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

Children's Discovery Musuem, San Jose

The striking 52,000 square foot purple building, designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta, signals the purpose of Children's Discovery Museum to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery.

Golden Gate Bridge

Kids will enjoy the walk across the bridge and back. It could get a bit noisy from all the traffic over the bridge, so choose your time wisely.

Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

A good place to take the kids on warm weather days. Rent bikes and hit the park for a whole day of fun.

Hot Air Balloon over Napa

Take a scenic ride on a hot air ballon in Napa Valley!

Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield, CA

The Jelly Belly Factory makes candies, chocolates, food, and drink. The tour takes you behind the scenes of this internationally known candy company that is loved by millions.

Lick Observatory at Mt. Hamilton

Lick Observatory, the first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory, has been at the forefront of astronomical research for more than 100 years. Enjoy an insider's tour of Mt. Hamilton's major telescopes and hear Lick's astronomers and astrophysicists talk about the Observatory's remarkable accomplishments - from early discoveries to modern day research.

Lombard Street is San Francisco's Crookedest Street.

Lombard Crooked Street - San Francisco Lombard's crooked street is a postcard-perfect image that represents San Francisco around the world. But what exactly is this attraction and what does it have to offer the San Francisco visitor? Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of America's crookedest streets.

Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. It is a circular area of effect around 150 feet or 46 meters in diameter. Within the Mystery Spot you will be stunned as your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned

Oakland Zoo, Oakland

Nice zoo - good size to cover it leisurely in a day.




A nice evening out for the kids with waterfront attraction, shopping, live entertainment and the famous San Francisco sea lions.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America and offers school tours and expeditions to explore Egypt's ancient mysteries right here in San Jose, California

The Boardwalk at Santa Cruz

The 102-year old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video game arcades, and family bowling, all located on a mile of sandy beach.

The Tech Museum in San Jose

The Tech Museum is a dynamic learning resource in Silicon Valley designed to bring science and technology to life. Hundreds of educational, hands-on exhibits and one-of-a-kind floor programs await the visitor.

The world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose

The world famous Winchester Mystery House™ in San Jose, California, is an extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship – marvelous, baffling, eerily eccentric, and undeniably, haunted. Wander through 110 of the 160 rooms of this Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. For nearly thirty-eight years the round-the-clock sawing, sanding, and hammering at the Winchester Mystery House™never ceased. Was Sarah cursed by the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester rifle or did she use the endless building and rebuilding as a distraction from grief over the deaths of her loved ones? The mystery shrouding the Winchester Mystery House™ may never allows us to separate fact from the legend.