San Francisco Family Vacation

by purelytwins

Sharing the highlights of our family vacation to San Francisco.

Our parents are here visiting and we spent a few days in San Fran then drove down to Monterey for the day. Drove back to SLO yesterday along highway 1. Now we are showing the parents around here – our new home.

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20 things to do and places to eat in San Francisco for a family vacation

20 things to do and places to eat in San Francisco for a family vacation. Sharing highlights from our family vacation to San Francisco and Monterey, California.

Activities with a toddler:

Aquarium of the bay

Check out the Aquarium of the Bay.

Fishermans Wharf of San Francisco

Walk around Fishermans Wharf.

pier 39

See Alcatraz from a distance (we didn’t make it there).

Sea lions at pier 39

Watch the sea lions at Pier 39.

Street cars San Francicso

Street car ride mom with daughter

Ride the street cars. We got a 3 day pass and so worth it.

Ferry Building San Francisco

Walk around the Ferry Building.

Yerba Buena Garden Carousel

Ride the Yerba Buena Garden Carousel  and check out the playground.

lombard street in san francisco

Walk or drive down (or even ride by it in a cable car) at Lombard Street.

California Academy of the Sciences

A must do is go to the California Academy of the Sciences. This was such a great place as there was so many things for kids to see and do.

Cable cars

Family cable car ride

Take a cable car ride.

Toddler girl playing with purse

Toddler playing while waiting in line for cable car

Just be prepared to wait to ride one.

Madison found a new game – swing grandma’s purse to help pass the time.

Family picture Golden Gate Bridge

Take a family picture with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background… didn’t happen but we tried.

Drawing parents and daughter

As you saw in the video our hotel had a sky view of the city with a bar, Madison enjoyed drawing and running around up there.  Everyone enjoyed some drinks and a few appetizers.

If you are in the downtown area check out the Marriott’s The View. Go right at 4 pm though as it gets packed.

Places to eat in San Francisco:

Waterfront restaurant pier 7 San Francisco

Waterfront restaurant on pier 7   – beautiful views of the water and great service and food.

The Grove Restaurant for breakfast San Francisco

The Grove SF  – loved the atmosphere and the was spectacular.

Ghirardelli square

Ghirardelli square – a must place to check out because…

Ghirardelli ice cream-chocolate shop San Francisco

Toddler eating ice cream from Ghirardelli ice cream-chocolate shop San Francisco

 Ghirardelli ice cream chocolate shop for ice cream, hot fudge sundae, cookies and hot cocoa.

Madison has so much fun!

Other places we ate while at San Francisco that had great food were:

Perry’s for dinner near the Ferry Building.

Beach Street Grill for breakfast – they offer gluten-free items too.

Fog City by the pier.

After having so much fun in San Francisco we drove down to Monterey for a day to end our vacation.



Cannery row

Cannery row – so many shops and restaurants.

Ghirardelli ice cream salted brownie sundaes

We went to Ghirardelli’s for dessert and got the ice cream salted caramel brownie sundae.

Everything was perfect.

California Market Restaurant Carmel Highlands

We ended our family trip with an AMAZING breakfast at California Market Restaurant in Carmel Highlands.

After our yummy breakfast we drove down highway 1.

Now that is an experience. The views are breathtaking. Such a STUNNING drive.

We would also like to say Thank You to all the firefighters fighting the fires in Big Sur.

To our Intentionally Built sisters we’ll be sharing a full recap of what we ate inside the club!!



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Robert M August 13, 2016 - 7:30 am

Thanks for sharing! The aquarium looked beautiful! The dessert looked delicious! San Francisco is a nice city!

purelytwins August 13, 2016 - 5:47 pm

Thank you. Yes it is a beautiful city.


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