San Francisco. It’s been a muse for great writing, film, music and more. While Market Street is bustling with tourists from all over, hopping on the Powell and Hyde Street cable cars, taking pictures and pointing excitedly, we forget what the fuss is about. Well, it’s time to remember why our city by the bay is so special. So, grab your little ones and embark on a city adventure and take pride in all that San Francisco has to offer. To get you started, we have five awesome places that your little explorers will love.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf: Watch out for the “bush man” as you pass the frozen statues, street performers, and mimes along the waterfront. Little ones can peer through the windows at Boudin and feast their eyes on how they bake the famous fresh sourdough bread every morning. Kids will oooh and ahhh over the various animal-shaped breads like the giant crabs and alligators and happily dunk their spoons in a freshly-baked bread bowl filled with warm clam chowder. Listen for the call of the sea lions as they whoop it up on Pier 39. Make your way to the center of the fun for a spin on the double-decker carousel or take in a performance in the middle of the shopping center square. Then hop on a cable car ride to Nob Hill and jump off at Swensen’s for a scoop of sticky, chewy chocolate.

photo credit: David J. Laporte

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— Nicki Richesin