Dean Colby

Where San Francisco - - Ask The Expert -

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.

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