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.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz: With the innocent children? Why not? This dark and spooky island might be the last place you’d consider visiting with your kids, but The Rock has some fascinating exhibits that will entice your little ones. The adventure even begins before reaching the main attraction as kids will shout “land-ahoy” on the ferry ride to the island. If you and your kids are feeling ambitious, you could even take a night tour to avoid the crowds and get a special chance to see the hospital.

photo credit: Nicki Richesin

— Nicki Richesin