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. You can walk the across the bridge on a wide pedestrian walkway (okay for strollers). The view from the bridge 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. At the entrance to the bridge is a cross section of the cable used to hold up this suspension bridge.
Coastal Trail - One of the most beautiful hikes in San Francisco starts at Eagles Point Overlook and goes around Lands End to Cliff House. Here are the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and large ships coming and going, look for seals and sea lions in the deep blue sea. The trail ends at Land's End Lookout, a visitor center with information about this area, trail maps, cafe and restrooms, and Cliff House. Tip: First half of the trail (dirt) is not fabulous for strollers, and there are stairs.
Cliff House - In the 19th century, the Cliff House was spectacular Victorian restaurant for elegant dining and dancing, perched on the cliffs. The original Cliff House is long gone, but the coastline and ocean view is still stunning. Bring your binoculars or use the telescopes to look for sea lions on "Seal Rocks." The New Cliff House has stellar views, stop in for lunch or an afternoon snack.
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. Fly your kites or, just sit down to watch the boats go by in the bay - container ships, cruise boats, racing sail boats. There are picnic tables and bike paths.
Fly kites - Buy kites at SF Kites on Fisherman's Wharf (west of Pier 39, Jefferson and Powell St. ) 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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