Q: Top suggestions for visitors traveling with young children?
A: House of Air, an indoor trampoline park located in Crissy Field, and the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company in Chinatown. Visit the sea lions and carousel at Pier 39. With redwoods and trails for running and walking, you can’t go wrong at Muir Woods. Arrive early before the crowds. Or discover fascinating mechanics at the Cable Car Museum. Use the double decker bus tours as your transportation for the day. Kids can people watch, take pictures by the Golden Gate Bridge, get fresh air and take in the city sights and sounds. Best of all, you can hop on and off without hearing ‘are we there yet?!’ on repeat. The best activity to do with kids after 8pm is riding the cable car.
Q: Favorite family-friendly restaurants?
A: Ideale in North Beach is my favorite casual Italian spot, serving amazing lasagna, pizza, and spaghetti. A San Francisco institution, Yank Sing serves dim sum (small parcels of deliciousness) on carts, making for an engaging way for kids to pick their lunch. Awardwinning Tony’s Pizza in the heart of North Beach doesn’t take reservations. Go outside lunch and dinner times to avoid any wait. If you find yourself near Golden Gate Park in the Inner Sunset, stop by San Tung for the yummy dry fried chicken wings. When in the mood for a seafood lunch, go to Waterbar. Not only do they have huge vertical aquariums, but they also have a kids’ menu and coloring for the tykes. As a treat following a cable car trip or souvenir shopping, go to Ghirardelli Chocolate and indulge in the banana split!
Q: Where can visitors find a Summer of Love vibe?
A: The Haight-Ashbury’s streets are filled with an eclectic mix of locals, and the shops are just as colorful as the people.