Travel has changed quite a bit for us since the boys were younger, that said we love traveling as much, if not more, now that they are tween and teens. Late last year we drove all the way up to San Francisco and fell in love with this city.
We only had a day to explore since we were in town for a wedding and it only left us wanting to see more. I did a lot of research beforehand and wanted to share what we came up with as our top choices for a quick trip to San Francisco with teenagers. We stayed at Hotel Zephyr and it ended up being the perfect location for all we wanted to do.
Top 5 Things to Do During a Day in San Francisco with Teenagers
In no particular order:
- Alcatraz – we did the first Alcatraz Cruises cruise of the day and HIGHLY recommend doing it, even if you’re a little bit interested in seeing Alcatraz. I enjoyed it SO much more than I thought I would. We all definitely recommend the audio tour. It is so well done and you’ll love all the interesting facts. The first morning tour was perfect, just make sure to book early – as soon as you book the rest of your trip – because they sell out fast!
- Musee Mechanique – my boys would go back to San Francisco JUST to go to Musee Mechanique! It’s a privately owned collection of coin operated musical instruments and arcade machines and it’s amazing. We were having way too much fun and I forgot to take a ton of pictures here but we’ll definitely be back.
- Grab some bread at Boudin Bakery (an animal shaped one of course) and walk around Pier 39. There’s lots to see and do and you may find yourself spending lots of time watching the sea lions! You can choose from an aquarium, laser maze challenge, mirror maze, street performers and more that your teens will love.
- Muir Woods – just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge is an entirely different world. We actually didn’t get to explore this area much but we had enough people with older kids (and younger kids) that we know it would definitely make our list!
- Walt Disney Family Museum – a huge museum all about the life and legacy of Walt Disney. There is SO much to see even if you aren’t the hugest Walt Disney fan. Many people commented that they spent way more time here than they thought they were going to!
Have you been to San Francisco? What were your top picks for teens or other ages?