With days getting longer and warmer on the West Coast, spring is the perfect time for a family getaway to San Francisco. Soak in the culture and natural beauty of the City By The Bay, whether taking the ferry to Alcatraz Island or shopping in vibrant Union Square. Here are a few ideas to help you plan the perfect spring break in San Francisco with fun things to do with the kids. Pack your sense of adventure!
- Play in Golden Gate Park
The iconic Golden Gate Park offers exciting attractions, museums, gardens, paths, and recreational activities for a SF spring vacation. Explore amazing sights such as the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, Portals of the Past, and the de Young Museum. San Francisco's urban oasis also features a beach, historic landmarks, and beautiful spaces for biking, running, walking, horseback riding, and photography. Make sure you have your camera to capture it all.
- Join the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
The 169th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is one of San Francisco's most festive annual events. This parade celebrates the Irish community and its lively culture. Held on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, you join locals and revelers at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall. Enjoy Irish food, drinks, live music, and cultural exhibits.
- Drive, Bike or Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge, with its symbolic orange color, offers a unique sensory experience. Whether you drive, bike, or walk across this majestic San Francisco landmark, you will be blown away by breathtaking views of the bay, city shoreline, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, and the Pacific Ocean. Take a free walking tour or explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with paths, trails and overlooks.
- Tour Alcatraz Island
Take the ferry across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island to experience its rich history and natural beauty. Head to the Embarcadero, along the city's eastern shoreline, and take a sightseeing ferry from Pier 33. Hear accounts of America's most infamous criminals, including Al "Scarface" Capone and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud. While on your island adventure, keep your camera ready to capture the restored, first lighthouse on the Pacific Coast and beautiful gardens and wildlife.
- Ride the Historic San Francisco Cable Cars
There's no better way to explore San Francisco than by riding the historic Cable Cars. Hop on at the Powell Street Station near Market Street and ride all the way to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. See San Francisco like never before.
The Perfect Family Hotel Near Union Square
Located one block off Union Square and steps from Chinatown, Hotel Nikko San Francisco is an urban retreat with Asian inspired rooms and suites for the family. This luxury boutique hotel features a glass-enclosed pool, a health and fitness club, a Pet Terrace, and Restaurant ANZU, serving new California cuisine and sushi.
Hotel Nikko offers specially curated specials for easy escapes to San Francisco, including the Park and Stay Package, perfect for family road trips. Your spring fling just got better!