Spring is in the air in San Francisco. While the weather is wonderfully temperate in the Bay Area year-round, it’s a special season for kids and their families because — it’s spring break! That means no school and plenty of time to play outside in Golden Gate Park in the sunshine without a care in the world.
So why not take this respite from studies and explore San Fran — one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world.
Here are our top 5 monuments and landmarks that you should take your young kids during spring break.
The Golden Gate Bridge
It’s the icon of SF, a modern marvel, and a major transportation route. But when is the last time you’ve explored the exquisite construction and the breathtaking views from this spectacular suspension bridge? The best way to traverse the bridge is by foot. Since it’s spring break, you can make the journey during a weekday without traffic, although you should try to avoid rush hour.
Sea lions, shopping, and eating — oh my! Pier 39 is a go-to destination for anyone visiting the city, but your kids will really appreciate this wonderland. (Don’t worry adults love it too.) Start a spring break afternoon with a get-out-the-napkins hotdog from Nathan’s before you watch the sea lions bark and play on the docks and in the Bay. Next, explore more aquatic life at the aquarium. For thrill seekers, DarkRide gives a “7D” immersive gaming experience. Then it’s time to treat the family with some sweet treats. Let your kids go wild at Candy Baron or a cookie at Mrs. Fields.
A 210-feet-tall concrete tower that’s almost 90-years-old might sound boring, but Coit Tower is anything but! Take a walk up Telegraph Hill as you try to spot the flock of wild parrots that have called San Francisco home since the 1990s. Once you reach the base of the Tower, you’ll see murals from the early 1900s depicting life and work at the time from different social viewpoints. Then head to the very top and take in the 360-degree panoramic vistas of the city.
Are your kids into selfies and Instagram a little too much? Show them what life was like before cameras when staring at a wall in a dark room was the only way to see an image from the outside world. The Camera Obscura near the Cliff House has been showcasing the ancient “imaging” technology of a camera obscura since 1947.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Waterfall
End your exploration of the city in the second largest Martin Luther King, Jr memorial in the United States. Prominently feature as part of Yerba Buena Gardens, it’s a tranquil and touching tribute to the great Civil Rights leader. They might be on break, but why not teach your children about the complex history of the U.S. than in this peaceful memorial?