Months Visited: August
Our family enjoys a variety of trip types and activities. We like visiting typical tourist spots but we do step out of our comfort zone and seek out remote places and exciting adventures as well. Most days are packed to the max but we do take time to relax in comfort sometimes. We enjoy nature activities, educational places, and fun stops., and we try to include some of each when we travel. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 17 years, Boy age 12 years, Boy age 10 years.
Description: This San Francisco neighborhood is one of the top attractions in the city, and for good reason. It can be somewhat touristy but that is part of the charm, and the wharf has a long and colorful history. The Musee Mecanique offers vintage machines and arcade games that accept quarters, and there is a wide range of entertainment choices in this old timey arcade. You can tour a real submarine from WWII, the USS Pampanito, and see a real sourdough bakery in operation and visit the attached museum. Walking around Fisherman’s Wharf can be an all day adventure for some, while others may only spend a few hours here.
Our Experiences: We spent some time walking around Fisherman’s Wharf and checking out the different shops and attractions in this area. We found places and things that everyone loved, and the ships in the harbor create a beautiful picture. The arcade has many older machines, and some show flip movies while other offer games. This stop is recommended because there is a lot in this neighborhood and it is fascinating to explore.
Description: A cruise of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island can be the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. There are a number of companies which offer this type of tour, and you can see a few of the local attractions while you cruise along in the water. These cruises usually go by the Golden Gate Bridge and circle around Alcatraz Island, and some offer meals, snacks, or drinks to the cruise guests.
Our Experiences: After spending the earlier part of the day exploring the San Francisco neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf we were ready for something a little less active but just as fun and exciting. We decided to take a cruise of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, relaxing while we enjoyed the sights and beauty of the area. The cruise lasted approximately 2 hours and it was fun. Some evening cruises may offer views of the San Francisco shoreline when it is lit up, we went around 5pm and we could see everything along the way.