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  • 21

    Alcatraz Island

    392 reviews

    This is very well worth a visit. It is a 10 min boat ride from Pier 33 to the Island. From there starts a free tour up to the Entrance of the Prison. The best part is the Audio tour. This really takes you back to the live out there about 60 years ago - amazing. Besides all of that ...

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  • 22

    Riding a Cable Car

    204 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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  • 23

    Pier 39

    238 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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  • 24

    California Science Center

    52 reviews

    This is a great place to take the kids. They have a blast you actually learn a little something too. There are lots of hands on exhibits. There is also a couple of fast food restaurants if you get hungry because you can spend all day there easily.

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  • 25

    Knott's Berry Farm

    72 reviews

    A great theme park for teenagers and adults. There are a few large roller coasters and good old theme park shopping. They are known for their jams and the delicious funnel cakes. Also a great place to visit during the holidays, especially for "Knotts Scary Farm" during the Halloween season.

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  • 26

    Seaport Village

    129 reviews

    I love spending an afternoon here with the kids - or even strolling with a date.

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  • 27

    La Jolla Shores

    146 reviews

    One of my favorite beaches in San Diego. A wide, mile-long beach with soft sand, clean water and gentle waves, La Jolla Shores is an ideal spot for families, sunbathers and beginner surfers. The beach is cozy and comfortable, with a playground and grassy picnic areas at the adjacent Kellogg Park. It is consistently ranked as one of the best ...

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  • 28

    Petco Park

    129 reviews

    A beautiful ball park that brings life to downtown. $5/5 tacos on Tuesday nights.. what a great deal! Love to see my Giants play here!

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  • 29

    San Francisco Zoo

    78 reviews

    When my daughter was young we went here at least once a week. The playground is one of the best in the city. The zoo is above average. The carousel and train are fun for kids. In recent years several upgrades have made it even better (Giraffe house). It is a very pretty zoo, nicely laid out and good for ...

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  • 30

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    111 reviews

    This is the largest rotating tramway in the world. Rising 8500 feet above the desert floor, the Palm Springs Tramway offers access to hiking and camping trips in this famous San Jacinto state park wilderness. You begin the 10-minute ride at the Valley Station and ride 2 miles up to the Mountain Station (it can be windy and cold, even ...

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  • 31

    Aquarium of the Pacific

    59 reviews

    i LOOOVE this place.. but i don't love long beach too much.. however its worth the trip, especially if your kids love marine life

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  • 32

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    146 reviews

    San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in Escondido is a fantastic 1,800 acre park filled with a diverse range of animals offering the visitor a chance to see them in a natural environment. There are several parts to the park and numerous exhibits of animals in very natural settings, including acres of open space where herds of wild species roam ...

    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorAdventure
  • 33

    Dolores Park

    142 reviews

    This parked is loved by tourists and locals. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with friends, families or by yourself. My friends and I had our mini picnic on our last day in sf. We saw a lot of dogs and children. Live music near the playground with toddlers dancing around made my heart smile. Some of us ...

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  • 34

    The Getty Center

    155 reviews

    Great views over Los Angeles and the pacific ocean. Amazing architecture, great exhibits, and wonderful gardens. Check out their concerts. And another nice thing: you only pay for parking, the rest is free.

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  • 35

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim

    96 reviews

    The Big A Home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For me (I live in the OC) they're still the Anaheim Angels, sorry. Full disclosure, I'm not a baseball fan. I grew up a Dodger fan, but I find baseball too slow. But occasionally, I'd watch, but I rather watch it live, not on TV. On this occasion, I ...

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  • 36

    Natural Bridges State Beach

    57 reviews

    Natural bridges, sand, waves, tide pools and butterflies... so much to enjoy. Park on Deleware Avenue and walk in to avoid paying for parking... unless you can afford parking in which case please pay as our park system needs the money.

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  • 37

    Coit Tower

    123 reviews

    From the bottom to the top, Coit Tower is a historically beautiful sight with a magnificent view of the San Francisco Bay. Best way to experience it is to walk from Sansome Street and up the Filbert Street steps to the very top. Then wind your way down The hill into North Beach for meal.

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  • 38

    Palace of Fine Arts

    149 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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  • 39

    Northstar-at-Tahoe

    69 reviews

    I really like Northstar as a ski resort. It is perfect for the family, as the large bowl of long runs, most suited for the beginner and intermediate skier, is designed to bring every one back down toward the lodges or village, with all the amenities you need to take a break, lunch, or call it a day. I have ...

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  • 40

    Fashion Valley Mall

    93 reviews

    This mall has really high-end shops & is a lot of fun to explore! A lot of department stores and designer outlets. Parking can be tough but it's worth the wait. Try some if the amazing restaurants such a True Food Kitchen!

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