San Francisco is a place we go to frequently, most recently in December 2015. It’s a very short, direct flight from LAX making it an ideal weekend getaway. There is so much to see and do in SF that you probably won’t do the same thing each time you go! SF is a very kid-friendly city as well, with lots of playgrounds and museums that are perfect for kids.
Our favorite park is Dolores Park in the Castro district, which has huge slides and lots of room to roam around.
Chinatown in SF is one of our favorite places to wander around. If you’re looking for excellent dim sum, I highly recommend City View restaurant, which is in the Financial District but just blocks from Chinatown. We loved it so much, we went three days in a row! By the third day, Milana knew what she wanted and would wait for the crab lady to make her rounds before choosing her meal! You can’t go wrong with anything here, it was all so good and the staff is really friendly and accommodating to families with young kids.
You can visit the fortune cookie factory in Chinatown, and pick up some freshly made (sometimes hot!) fortune cookies. Just make sure you don’t grab the bag of x-rated ones, if you are sharing with kids!
On every trip to SF, we make it a point to visit Trish mini donuts. They are made fresh right in front of you, and the best donuts you will ever have. Milana agrees!
Another great playground is the newer Sue Bierman Park, located across the street from the Ferry Building Marketplace. It’s fully fenced in, with new play equipment.
The Ferry Building Marketplace is a great place to explore. We always pick up some cheese from the Cowgirl Creamery, some meats from Boccalone Salumeria and bread from the Acme Bread Company and have a picnic lunch outside.
Of course, what’s a trip to SF without walking on their hilly streets and visiting the Golden Gate Bridge? We visited the steepest street (Filbert) as well as the Crookedest street (Lombard).
And if you’re in San Francisco, you can’t leave without eating some clam chowder and crab. These two items can be found all over the city, but Fisherman’s Wharf seems to have an abundance of each, making it a great destination to explore if seafood is what you are looking for. Crab House at Pier 39 is by far our favorite place to eat crab!
On our last trip, we visited the Children’s Creativity Museum, which was Milana’s dream come true! Everything in there is about art and building, two of her favorite things. We spent hours in there, and she had a blast.
Since we will continue going to SF for weekend getaways, this portion of the blog will be updated periodically!