4 Day Travel Guide in San Francisco with Kids

A 4-day itinerary of San Francisco and the best places to go when traveling with kids. Fill the day with fun activities and delicious food that will be loved by the whole family.

Day 1

1. Award Winning Pizza in the North Beach | 11:30 a.m.

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133


Winner of the World Championship of Pizza, start the trip off with a stop at the always fun and always delicious Tony's Pizza Napoletana. Serving a class pizza out of the coal oven, the vibe is relaxed, casual, and kid friendly while serving world class pizza. The famous winning pizza was the Margherita, but they serve a number with different toppings. Just be sure to show up early to not wait in line. If you are stuck on the wait list, use it as an opportunity to walk around the North Beach neighborhood, which is filled with Italian restaurants and culture.

2. Ferry to Alcatraz Island | 1:30 p.m.

Take a 5 minute car ride (or 15 minute walk) to Pier 33, where you can get onboard the ferry to visit Alcatraz Island (Yelp), the legendary ex-prison. Kids will love the boat ride to the island, which provides a scenic view of the San Francisco skyline. Once onshore, it is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the main prison where you can take a guided tour to learn about its history. You can also take the time to just relax and enjoy the sunshine while on the island.

3. Pier 39 - San Francisco's Boardwalk | 4:30 p.m.

Back in the city, walk a few blocks up to Pier 39 (Yelp), which is the San Francisco version of a boardwalk. Similar to Chicago's Navy Pier, the area is filled with restaurants and a lot of fun shops including ones specializing in socks, crazy hats, left handed items, and many more. There are also the more typical ones focusing on souvenirs, candies, and chocolate. The boardwalk is designed for activities for kids, with things like an aquarium, a virtual reality experience, a carousel, as well as places to look at sea lions. It's a great place to spend the afternoon.

4. Dinner of Clam Chowder and Sourdough | 6:30 p.m.

160 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133


Stay in the area for dinner and walk down to Fisherman's Wharf, which has a lot of restaurants. For a place that kids will love, go to the main restaurant of Boudin, which specializes in making sourdough bread. Their signature is the bread bowl which comes with clam chowder in the middle. Make sure to go to the flagship store at the Wharf (rather than the one at Pier 39). You can't miss it, as it's a huge warehouse and you can actually watch the production of the bread and the bakers behind the glass windows. You can also see how they shape and bake a lot of the sourdough bread into cute animals.

Day 2

5. NorCal Burger in the Ferry Building | 11 a.m.