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.

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square: Take a stroll along Gashouse Cove at the end of Van Ness Avenue for breathtaking views and lookout points. Children can run along the beach behind the square or play in the mermaid fountain at its center, perfect for summer. The San Francisco Maritime Museum also has special events just for kids. The little ones will go crazy as they indulge in hot fudge sundaes inside Ghirardelli while watching the choco-making magic unfold Willy-Wonka style before their amazed eyes.

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— Nicki Richesin