Top Summer Attractions for Families in San Francisco

Published Jan 19, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to explore all of the awesome attractions San Francisco has to offer. Check out our list of must-see attractions.

Top Summer Attractions for Families in San Francisco 


Located at the heart of San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the Exploratorium is the only place in the city where you’re encouraged to touch, tinker, and play. For over 40 years, the Exploratorium has been educating and entertaining families through hands-on exhibits that explore science, art, and human perception.

The Exploratorium is a perfect place for an outing for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Parents, grandparents, and most other grownups will have a lot of fun, too. With 600 hands-on exhibits, there's plenty to do and experience!

The Children's Creativity Museum 

The Children's Creativity Museum (CCM) is a hands-on, multimedia experience committed to fostering creativity and collaboration in all youth and families. We believe that the success of the next generation hinges not only on what they know, but on their ability to think and act creatively as global citizens.

CCM is located at 221 Fourth Street in Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. The museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm during the summer (June through August). CCM is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), community-based organization.

City Segway Tours

San Francisco Segway Tour is the perfect tour for both those new to the city and San Francisco veterans. For the beginners, this 3 hour tour will offer you a fantastic orientation and give you an opportunity to see virtually all of the sites you've read about.

For the Segway veterans, they're positive you'll learn new facts and stories about San Francisco that you've never heard. After riding with them,  you'll both agree that riding a Segway is the best way to see the ‘City by the Bay'.

Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the magic of San Francisco Bay by getting up close and personal with more than 30,000 local marine animals. Their staff are always nearby to answer questions and guide visitors through hands-on animal encounters.

The Aquarium of the Bay partners with The Bay Institute to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea.

The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum illuminates Walt’s fascinating life, and his unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation. Located in a historic brick building on the main post of San Francisco’s Presidio, the 40,000-square-foot museum melds history with state-of-the-art technology, including more than 200 video screens sprinkled throughout our galleries.

Founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, the museum was owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, until it became its own new public benefit corporation, The Walt Disney Family Museum Inc., in 2014.

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Experience three unique attractions at San Francisco's Ripley's Believe it or Not!, located near Pier 39.

These include The Odditorium, where you'll find absurdities like shrunken heads, duct tape art, and a two-trunk elephant; the Marvelous Mirror Maze, where it might take you awhile to escape; and the Impossible LaseRace where you'll need to duck and jump your way around a series of lasers!

Cartoon Art Museum

From editorial cartoons to comic books, graphic novels to anime the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone.

In 1984, a group of cartoon art enthusiasts began organizing exhibitions by using artwork from their own collections. For several years, the Cartoon Art Museum was a “museum without walls,” setting up shows in local museums and corporate spaces. In 1987, with an endowment from "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz, the museum established residence in the heart of San Francisco’s new vibrant art center, Yerba Buena Gardens.

San Francisco Zoo 

The San Francisco Zoo is designed with the underlying belief that nature-focused interaction leads to conservation action. Learning about animals here inspires visitors to care for all wildlife. For generations, Bay Area families have grown with us and our special history has become a part of San Francisco lore.

It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants.

Alcatraz Island

The Alcatraz federal penitentiary brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons, but is now a national park.

Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay, and you'll be astounded by what you learn and see.

Fisherman's Wharf

If you visit one area in San Francisco, it better be the historical Fisherman's Wharf.  Experience great views, eat the freshest seafood, learn about the city's history, and take in the special events--all within the same vicinity.

Fisherman's Wharf is always a great place to take the family, whether you're a tourist or a resident.

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