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San Francisco - The Embarcadero

    Exploratorium (Pier 15) The Exploratorium science and creativity museum our favorite museum for kids in San Francisco, and it's always changing, every time we visit.
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    Everything in the Exploratorium is hands-on – play with colored shadows, see yourself in a mirror upside down, make your own Rube Goldberg machine, power appliances by pedaling, discover light, sound, electricity and magnetism, see under a microscope what lives in San Francisco Bay, and much more.
      The museum is fabulous for kids from toddlers to teens, and allow plenty of time to explore the many exhibits. It's a big noisy place, strollers okay, cafes and lockers on-site.
Read our blog post "Exploratorium SF: It's always new"
Tip: Use your San Francisco CityPass.
    Ferry Building – Sample the abundance of California fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market. You'll find locally grown boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, avocados, dried fruit, nuts, honey, melons, grapes, tomatoes. Pick up some local cheese, bread or foccacia, fruits, muffins, scones, pastries, cobbler, turnovers, cookies, or fruitbreads, and have a picnic. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Saturday is the largest market, crowded with food vendors, and food to eat al fresco, along the edge of the bay.
Ferry
 

Ride the ferries – From behind the Ferry Building, take the Golden Gate Ferry to Sausalito. For ferries to Jack London Square in Oakland, take the San Francisco Bay Ferry.

   

On the bay, you'll see the great container ships coming in through the Golden Gate Bridge, sail boats galore, tug boats pulling barges, pilot boats, and more. On the ferry trip to Sausalito, the ferry goes right next to Alcatraz Island, with super views. The ferries are a good deal (cheapest cruise around the bay), and one of our favorite things to do in San Francisco.

  Playground (Sue Bierman Park) – At the corner of The Embarcadero and Washington St. is a nice big playground with climbing structures, and grass to run around. Bring your picnic lunch.
    Walk along the Embarcadero – The Embarcadero ("wharf") was once a busy port, stuffed with ships loading and unloading passengers and tons of cargo. Today the Embarcadero is a wide tree-lined promenade. You can walk all the way from Market Street at the Ferry Building to Fisherman's Wharf one direction, or the AT& T Park the other way. Between Pier 5 and Pier 9, walk out onto the pier jutting out in the bay – it's a great place for kids to watch the boats go by.
  Ride the cable car – Pick up the California Street cable car (at the intersection of California and Market Streets) and ride up to Nob Hill.
Wells Fargo stagecoach
  Wells Fargo Museum (420 Montgomery St.) – This museum is one of the "hidden treasures" in San Francisco. The Wells Fargo bank operated stagecoaches that transported gold from the gold fields. In the museum, kids will see big gold nuggets, gold scales, strong boxes, and a hundred year old stagecoach. Try your hand sending messages in Morse code on a telegraph key, or feel like a passenger on the overland route in a simulated stagecoach ride. The museum is free and open Monday to Friday.
    Transamerica Pyramid – The Transamerica building is the tallest building in San Francisco. Check out the "virtual observation deck" in the lobby. You can control four cameras mounted on the top of the building, panning around north, south, east and west for views of the city. Don't miss the scale model of the Transamerica Pyramid, for a top-down view of this San Francisco landmark.
Redwood Park
  Redwood Park – Next to the Transamerica building is Redwood Park, planted with tall California redwood trees. It has a delightful statue of kids skipping and jumping and a pond with leaping bronze frogs. There are benches and tables, perfect for lunch outdoors.
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