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826 Valencia

Attractions, Shops

Local literary lion Dave Eggers opened this non-profit kids' writing centre in 2002, an essential destination for those travelling with young aspiring...

826 Valencia Street
FreeMajor venue

Aquarium of the Bay

Attractions

Clear, acrylic underwater tunnels give visitors a diver's-eye view of the Bay, while moving walkways take you through 300ft (91m) of water, past more than...

Pier 39

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Attractions, Museums

This hands-on museum, located just below the north ramp of the Golden Gate Bridge and boasting spectacular skyline views, offers a load of hands-on...

East Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road

Children's Fairyland

Attractions

Legend has it that Walt Disney was so taken with this whimsical theme park when he saw it in 1950 that he decided to build his own. Kids can follow Alice...

699 Bellevue Avenue

Exploratorium

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

Housed in the historic Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium has over 600 interactive exhibits about science, art and human perception. A highlight is the...

3601 Lyon Street

Fort Point

Attractions

The spectacular brick-built Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 to protect the city from a sea attack. The assault never came; the 126 cannons...

Marine Drive
FreeMajor venue

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

Attractions, Museums

There's plenty for history buffs big and small to explore aboard the Jeremiah O'Brien, a veteran of D-Day and the only original ship to sail under its own...

Pier 45
Major venue

Marine Mammal Center

Attractions

Visit the sea lions and sea otters at this non-profit centre, which rescues sick or stranded animals, nurtures them back to health and returns them to the...

1065 Fort Cronkhite (Visitor Centre 1049)
Free

Oakland Zoo

Attractions

Over the last few years the formerly cramped Oakland Zoo, in Knowland Park, has put effort into creating decent-sized naturalistic habitats for its 400-plus...

9777 Golf Links Road

Pier 39

Attractions, Shops, Sport, health & fitness

A bustling tourist trap, all T-shirt shops and traders flogging Celtic art and music boxes, plus street performers, restaurants, a games arcade, a carousel...

Beach Street & the Embarcadero
Major venue

Randall Museum

Attractions, Museums

This small museum offers panoramic views of the city and hands-on fun for pre-teens, including an exhibit where they can create their own earthquake....

199 Museum Street
Free

San Francisco Zoo

Attractions, Restaurants & cafés

The three-acre African Savanna, new Grizzly Gulch, and the expansive Lemur Forest are highlights of the zoo, where more than 1,000 species of mammals and...

Sloat Boulevard