San Francisco
San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge - Marina
Golden Gate Bridge - The Golden Gate Bridge is a favorite landmark, and any bridge builders in your family will want to see it up close. Walk across the Bridge, the view is spectacular - San Francisco Bay to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the San Francisco skyline looking south, the dark green headlands of Marin County stretching north.
Pedestrian sidewalk is on the east side of the Bridge (okay for strollers).
Stop at the outdoor Bridge Pavilion to find out more about how the Bridge was constructed.
Parking at the Golden Gate Bridge is very limited, so use ridesharing (Uber, Lyft), or public transportation, #28 bus from Van Ness and North Point St. at Fisherman's Wharf.
Tip: Summer can be foggy, and walking on the Bridge is typically windy, bring jackets.
Fort Point - The narrow opening to San Francisco Bay was once a key defense of San Francisco and the Pacific Coast. In 1853, work began on Fort Point, a three story brick structure, loaded with cannons. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Fort Point was staffed with troops to protect San Francisco from a possible attack by the Confederates.
Today, Fort Point is a wonderful place to run around, a warren of largely empty rooms. Don't miss the Civil War era quarters for officers and privates. From the top of the fort, there is an old lighthouse, and you're right under the Golden Gate Bridge!
Crissy Field - Crissy Field was once a grassy landing field for land and sea planes. Today, this area is an inviting park, with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The protected long sandy beach and tidal marsh is perfect for small kids - no big waves here.
Watch the boats go by in the bay - container ships, cruise boats, racing sail boats and fly kites. There are picnic tables and bike paths (rent bikes at Sports Basement).
Tip – With older kids and teens, it's fun to rent bikes, bike along the marina and and go across the Golden Gate Bridge. Summer weekends, take the west sidewalk for bikes only. Week days, the Bridge east sidewalk is open, shared with bikes and pedestrians.
Fly kites - Buy kites at Sports Basement (Old Mason Rd., next to Crissy Field) or the Chinatown Kite Shop ( Grant St.) and fly them on Marina Green, a long flat grassy area next to the Marina small craft harbor.

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