Fantastic Family Fun: Day Trips from San Francisco

The city of San Francisco is a wonderful place filled with many great things to do. The area surrounding San Francisco also offers its share of adventures that differ from the city. Young or older, visitors or locals, there is something for everyone.

For a fun-filled day with a modern twist, try a segway tour. This is one the kids will surely love. The tiny town of Sausalito offers a Sausalito Segway Tour. This tour is an eco-friendly way to travel around the bayside town taking in its pleasant sights. The town of Sausalito has many houseboat communities, parks, and harbors waiting to be explored.

Another great part of this day trip is getting to the village itself. The Golden Gate Ferry carries passengers from San Francisco to Sausalito. When you arrive, you will see this small village is ideal for a family day trip. It has many art galleries, waterfront restaurants, quaint shops, and landmarks such as the Bay Model, Cass Marina, Dunphy Park and Galilee Harbor.

If a few hours on a segway are not exactly what you had in mind, try the Winchester Mystery House, Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour. This 8-hour excursion has a little bit of everything to keep the entire family entertained. Enjoy a scenic drive into Muir Woods to tour the spooky Winchester Mystery House. Since the death of the heiress, many strange happenings have been reported from inside the manson.

The Muir Woods offers spectacular views of the bay area and up close encounters with the ancient Redwood forest. The tour then heads over to the small village of Sausalito where you will spend about an hour exploring on foot before returning to San Francisco via ferry.

A great family day trip can also include some quiet time. A trip to Yosemite National Park is the perfect way to get in a retreat. Drive yourself or enjoy this wonderful day trip with a group tour. Either way, there is plenty to see and do. The drive will take you through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra Foothills.

Prior to entering Yosemite National Park, you will pass through the spectacular Sierra Nevada Mountains. Once you enter the park, there are many natural wonders to take in. Get your camera ready to snap photos of the Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, the Merced River and the Cathedral Spires.

The area surrounding San Francisco is also wine country, which means there is an endless list of wineries and vineyards to visit. They make for a great family day trip, especially if you have out-of-town guests.

A vineyard tour is one of the best day trips from San Francisco. Choose from areas such as the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Los Carneros, or Sonoma Valley. Spend the day away from the hustle of the city in the peaceful surroundings of California wine country

Approximately 50 miles outside San Francisco is California’s Great America. This large theme park is the perfect way to enjoy a fun-filled family day. The older kids can enjoy a variety of thrill rides, live shows and the Boomerang Bay Beach Club. The younger kids can spend the day at Planet Snoopy or enjoy some of the family rides. There is also great dining and areas to relax.

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Sausalito Segway Tour

Winchester Mystery House, Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

Yosemite National Park

Wine Tours

California’s Great America