It won’t be long before school is not in session for the winter break, leaving parents in the western neighborhoods of San Francisco wondering how to spend quality time with their kids before sending them back to school. Parents of younger children also enjoy getting out of the house while grandparents and empty nesters enjoy connecting with their loved ones while taking in enjoyable activities in this unique neighborhoods.
Here at Chili House SF, we love serving families and their children at our restaurant. Next time you’re in our neighborhood, here is a list of possibilities for the young and the young at heart to enjoy together.
The Koret Children’s Playground and Carousel at Golden Gate Park
Located at 320 Bowling Green Drive inside of Golden Gate Park in the southeast, this playground and carousel opened in 1888 and may be the oldest public playground in the United States. The colorful carousel is the main attraction for many families. With 62 characters on the carousel, including dogs, frogs, horses, pigs, and roosters, riding it can’t help but bring a smile to anyone’s face. The panels inside of the carousel add to the charm as they show painted images from around the Bay Area. The park underwent a renovation a few years back to include a climbing wall.
Take a Hike up Mt. Sutro
Families with older children might enjoy a good workout by hiking Mt. Sutro. The mountain is located inside of a forest with beginnings that go back more than 100 years. It sits more than 900 feet above sea level, offering an amazing view of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods below. A dense eucalyptus forest surrounds and is part of the mountain as well, making for beautiful scenery pictures. Because the mountain sits above the city’s fog line, it’s important for those who choose to hike it to dress warmly for their upward and downward climbs.
Bay Area Children’s Museum
This well-known children’s museum is located on seven and one-half acres of land belonging to the National Park System in the city of Sausalito. Families can find it sitting near the foot of another San Francisco icon, the Golden Gate Bridge. Primarily catering to children from six months to 10 years old, Bay Area Children’s Museum features numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits that children can touch and interact with to help them learn. Lookout Cove, an outdoor area spanning two and one-half miles, comes complete with caves, fishing boats, gravel pits, shipwrecks, spiderweb installations, and tide pools.
See 360-Degree Views of the City at Coit Tower
Erected in 1933 and located at 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., the Coit Tower offers a 360-degree panoramic view of San Francisco below. Visitors must take an elevator to the top. Inside of the tower are several painted murals depicting life during the Great Depression. Visitors can bypass the line for the elevator by purchasing their tickets in advance online.
A Neighborhood with Much to Offer
The western neighborhood in San Francisco sometimes has the reputation of being bleak and foggy. While it might have more fog than average, it’s far from bleak and has dozens of adventures for local families and those visiting San Francisco from around the country or world.