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Alcatraz Island

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
4.5
388 reviews

If I'm going to visit a different city, then I'm going to do it right... the touristy way. Three of us took the ferry over to Alcatraz Island for the tour, and boy, was it interesting and eerie! I hadn't actually watched "The Rock" but had heard many stories about Alcatraz, you know, being secluded and housed dangerous criminals and ...

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  • 1
    2.23 mi

    Exploratorium

    2.23 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    97 reviews

    In a city full of great things for kids, this is fantastic!

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  • 2
    3.17 mi

    Golden Gate Bridge

    3.17 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    843 reviews

    Why I love the Golden Gate Bridge: 1) One of the greatest suspension bridge ever! 2) Get to walk on it 3) Run on it 4) Great view of the bay 5) People watch I can go on and on the with list of things why Golden Gate Bridge is so awesome! Love. Love. Love

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  • 3
    4.62 mi

    California Academy Of Sciences

    4.62 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    142 reviews

    The Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is the best place to take children in SF! Incredible museum, aquarium, and planetarium. Gorgeous building with living rooftop and really yummy food options.

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  • 4
    1.41 mi

    Fisherman's Wharf

    1.41 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    408 reviews

    So much fun to walk around, day or night. Yes, it can get chilly but bundle up and take a stroll. Great people watching, street vendors, food, and nice views of the Bay Bridge.

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  • 5
    3.05 mi

    Riding a Cable Car

    3.05 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    201 reviews

    It is fun for children and grown ups to ride with those open cable cars up and down the San Francisco hills.

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  • 6
    1.35 mi

    Pier 39

    1.35 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    234 reviews

    The sea lions are a smelly sight, but it's such a rare sight to see wildlife in the city. Your kids will love it too.

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  • 7
    3.85 mi

    AT&T Park

    3.85 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    206 reviews

    I love this stadium! Gorgeous views of the bay, wonderful food and fans! The hand tossed caramel popcorn on the club level is to die for! Go giants! p.s. Club level is the way to go! The view was great, there were shorter concession lines and fancier food options! My only complaint (minor) with the seats would be the lack ...

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  • 8
    4.56 mi

    Dolores Park

    4.56 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    140 reviews

    One of the coolest places to hang in SF on a sunny day. Great views from the top of the hill. Good place to picnic or throw the frisbee. Also got a great playground for the kids. If you are lucky enough to show up when some sort of celebration/demonstration is going on here (as happens a lot) you are ...

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  • 9
    1.96 mi

    Coit Tower

    1.96 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    120 reviews

    For some reason I had never bothered to come up to Coit tower until recently, and it totally blew my socks off. The tower itself is not much to see - but it offers some of the best views of San Francisco. You get 360 degree panoramic views of the city - on a clear day you can see the ...

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  • 10
    2.19 mi

    Palace of Fine Arts

    2.19 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    145 reviews

    Just always brings me back to my childhood. I never get tired of this place - wondrous, exciting and nostalgic. The location is stunning!

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  • 11
    1.31 mi

    Musée Mécanique

    1.31 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    44 reviews

    From hand-cranked wooden games dating back to the 1890s to the video arcade version of Star Wars from the 1980s, the Musee Mecanique in busy Fisherman's Wharf is a child's dream, no matter his or her age. In a warehouse along the waterfront, the 100+ video and carnival games date back a century and are not only fascinating to play ...

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  • 12
    2.85 mi

    Union Square

    2.85 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    210 reviews

    Still on my bucket list to ice skate in Union Square but nonetheless it is a great spot for walking, shopping & sightseeing year long. Close to the ferry building and fisherman's wharf, it's a notable/iconic location in San Francisco with views of the water. Perks: great for people watching!

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  • 13
    2.73 mi

    Ferry Building Marketplace

    2.73 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    204 reviews

    My favorite spot in SF to assemble a picnic. If you are in luck there will be a farmer's market outside. Many wonderful shops to select from. If you have more time you can dine in for lunch at one of the fabulous restaurants. It gets very busy so have a little patience.

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  • 14
    3.14 mi

    Yerba Buena Gardens

    3.14 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    46 reviews

    Great park, right in the middle of the city. We loved walking around with the kids.

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  • 15
    2.05 mi

    Crissy Field

    2.05 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    61 reviews

    Crissy Field was originally an airfield that was opened soon after the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 and closed for good in 1974. It is part of the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and was named in honor of Major Dana H. Crissy, who crashed and died during an Air Service transcontinental reliability test. Redesigned in 1994, ...

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  • 16
    1.75 mi

    Lombard Street

    1.75 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    208 reviews

    Driving down this street feels surreal! The houses along it are gorgeous and it's worth braving the traffic for the view alone.

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  • 17
    1.48 mi

    Ghirardelli Square

    1.48 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4
    97 reviews

    Sometimes a tourist trap is there for a reason. The history alone is great, but the square is now home to cute shops and restaurants. A lovely way to spend a few hours!

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  • 18
    2.58 mi

    The Embarcadero

    2.58 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    98 reviews

    I love walking along the Embarcadero, impeccable sunsets or gorgeous foggy mornings sipping hot coffee. A very scenic drive with a lot to see and explore nearby. Simply put, the Bay view never gets old.

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  • 19
    3.11 mi

    SF MoMA

    3.11 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    100 reviews

    The MoMA is one of my favorite modern art museums anywhere. See Wharhol to Jasper Johns, Matisse to Magritte. The layout is beautiful and the exhibitions are usually amazing.

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  • 20
    4.69 mi

    Japanese Tea Garden

    4.69 mi from Alcatraz Island
    4.5
    119 reviews

    The price seems a little steep. With kids we couldn't spend that much time, but the garden is really beautiful.

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