Family Fun in San Francisco

Visitors will find San Francisco is an extremely family friendly place to visit. From the sea lions on Pier 39 to the Exploratorium, there are tons of kid-friendly options, most within walking distance of Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf. 

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Popular Family Friendly Attractions in San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf

This popular waterfront district is right outside your door when you stay at Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit the sea lions at Pier 39, explore the hands-on exhibits at The Exploratorium, or step back in time during a tour to Alcatraz Island. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions at Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Pier 39

The #1 tourist attraction in San Francisco, Pier 39 is famous for its outrageous personalities and numerous shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Pier 39 is also home to the Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco Carousel, the famous sea lions and the ferries to Alcatraz Island. Walk to the fun from our hotel in Fisherman's Wharf.

Ghirardelli Square

This shopping and dining plaza is most famous for the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, which serves a dazzling array of chocolate treats. This historic square is also home to many other dining and shopping options. 

Alcatraz Island 

Ferries to the infamous island prison of Alcatraz are provided exclusively from Fisherman's Wharf. Take a fascinating journey into the history of America's most notorious prison with a guided tour of the facility. Tickets to the island typically sell out at least a week in advance, so get your tickets early.

Union Square

This 2.6-acre public plaza is a fantastic spot to grab lunch, people watch, or sip a cup of coffee while the kids burn off some energy. You can also enjoy live entertainment, art, tours, shopping, and much more. 


Introduce your kids to the spectacular world of science! This museum was dreamed up by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer in 1969. Show your children what a big role science has in the world as you play, learn, and engage with the many exhibits in the Exploratorium. 

Golden Gate Bridge

The iconic and unmistakable Golden Gate Bridge is less than two miles from our downtown San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf hotel. It's always a fun destination to hit when cruising around town.

California Academy of Sciences

See nature come alive at the California Academy of Sciences, located in the Golden Gate Park. Explore its aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, 40,000 live animals and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof. After your visit, be sure to discover all that the Golden Gate Park has to offer

North Beach

Located in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, North Beach is made up a variety of restaurants, shopping, and attractions. Be sure to check out the events calendar to see what type of great events are happening when you come to visit. 

China Town

Located centrally around Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, Chinatown is the oldest of its kind in North America and the largest Chinese community that is outside of Asia. Explore all the events, attractions, culture, history, and restaurants that San Francisco's Chinatown has to offer.