Family holidays to the San Francisco and greater Bay Area are fun and affordable for all ages with plenty to see and do for the kids. Family-friendly and priced just right, affordable all inclusive San Francisco holidays offer world class dining, shopping and special surprises for the youngest visitors.
1. Wet and Wild Water Parks
Kids love a good splash, and the Bay Area has two major water parks to beat the heat. Water World is located in nearby Concord and has thrill rides to include the Tornado, a 75 foot drop on a four person river raft. Kiddie and family rides abound in a serene Hawaiian style tropical paradise to please the most discriminating water park enthusiast. Raging Waters in San Jose is another excellent choice with dozens of family-friendly attractions and all day fun.
2. Roaring Camp Railroads
Take a journey with a blast to the past on vintage trains through the scenic Redwood Forest on a 14 passenger steam engine beauty. The train ride travels to the summit of Bear Mountain complete with a tour guide and lecture of the region’s rich history. The Santa Cruz Beach Train is one of the oldest lines in California, running to Redwood’s State Park and ending at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk at the sand.
3. Aquarium at the Bay
Stroke the stingrays, visit exotic sea life and challenge your skills at the Exploratorium for a full day excursion at one of the finest marine centres in the States. Education and appreciation for these fascinating sea creatures is top priority at the Aquarium at the Bay.
4. San Francisco Zoo
More than just a zoo, this San Francisco facility is jammed packed with interactive events and work shops to include child-friendly zip lines, the “living classroom” and a host of all your favourite critters to meet up-close and personal.
5. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
3D attractions, video clips, mirror mazes and live shows make Ripley’s the weird and wacky way to celebrate what’s different and learn something you didn’t know before.
6. Bay Area Discovery Museum
The touch and feel hands-on exhibits opens a new level of understanding to young minds in the fields of science and discovery suitable for kids of all ages. Lookout Cove is a two and half acre outdoor playground recreating some of the most famous sites of San Francisco and younger ones will enjoy the Tot Spot geared for toddlers and younger.
7. Chabot Space and Science Centre
Situated on prime property overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Chabot Space and Science Centre provides a rich educational and interactive workshop to learn about the life of astronauts at Beyond Blastoff, the cosmos and planetarium at the Mayan Skies exhibit, A Moon Odyssey to explore, you guessed it, the moon, and Destination Universe to unlock the mysteries of black holes, distant galaxies, and how they all came to be.
8. Cartoon Art Museum
Visitors of all ages will appreciate this state-of-the-art museum dedicated to the concept and construction of cartoons, video games, comic strips and more. Join the fun with Storybook Fun Day to meet with professional cartoonist and create your own unique story that comes to life before your eyes.
9. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Located in nearby Vallejo, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is action packed adventure with rides for all ages, animal attractions and all day fun in the sun.
10. Children’s Fairyland
Bring your inquisitive little ones into a place where literary characters and classic fairy tales come to life with live shows, petting zoos, puppet shows and family-friendly rides for all ages. Bedtime stories will never be the same when your child has met and explored his or her favorite story time classic tales in this one of kind San Francisco attraction.
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