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Angel Island State Park
P.O. Box 866 , Tiburon, CA (415) 435-1915

Angel Island State Park, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is rich in both beauty and history. The island offers stunning views of San Francisco, the Marin Headlands ...more»

Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve
New Years Creek Road , Pescadero, CA (650) 879-0227

Get up close with nature at Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve as you observe elephant seals during their winter breeding season. The park is open year-round for viewing elephant ...more»

Aquatic Park
Beach Street

Aquatic Park is a beach that is often forgotten by those who don't live in the neighborhood, but it is one of the nicest little beaches in the City. Sheltered and often sunny, ...more»

Bay Area Open Space Council

The Bay Area Open Space Council is a collaborative program of public and nonprofit agencies and organizations whose work it is to preserve and manage important open spaces in ...more»

Bayview Beacon Center
400 Mansell Street (415) 337-7991

The Bayview Beacon Center, a program of the Bayview YMCA, is located at Phillip & Sala Burton High School. They are implementing the community schools model to ensure that eve ...more»

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
1150 Carroll Avenue (415) 671-0145

Directly south of 49er home base, Monster Park, is the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, a windy but quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the City. This hidden g ...more»

Cloverdale Wine Country KOA Camping Resort
1166 Asti Ridge Road , Cloverdale, CA (800) 368-4558

KOA Kampgrounds are camping sites for those of us who either haven't camped a lot or like the idea of camping, but are overwhelmed by the hassle of it all.You can choose eithe ...more»

Crissy Field and Crissy Field Center
1199 East Beach Drive (415) 561-7690

Crissy Field was an immensely popular destination for locals and tourists alike even before its restoration, but now Crissy Field reflects the grandeur and the beauty that sur ...more»

Crocker Amazon Playground
700 Moscow Street (415) 337-4708

The Crocker Amazon Playground is one of the biggest in the City. Brightly colored play structures are just one of the appealing things. There is also a baseball diamond, baske ...more»

Crystal Springs Trail
Skyline Boulevard & Crystal Springs Road , San Mateo, CA (650) 589-4294

Looking for a place to ride bikes while soaking up some beautiful scenery? Crystal Springs Trail, which parallels picturesque Crystal Springs Lake and the San Andreas Lake, is ...more»

CuriOdyssey (formerly Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education)
1651 Coyote Point Drive , San Mateo, CA (650) 342-7755

Located in a scenic bayside park, CuriOdyssey gives children of all ages an opportunity to explore the natural world and human relationships to the environment. The museum gro ...more»

Douglass Playground
1100 Douglass Street (415) 695-5017

Douglass Playground is one of the nicest and most popular parks in the City. Located in Noe Valley, the park is usually on the sunny side of the fog line. New play equipment w ...more»

Environmental Volunteers
2560 Embarcadero Road , Palo Alto, CA (650) 493-8000

The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands is a family-friendly resource for environmental education. We offer digital touchscreen science exhibits, ongo ...more»

Fort Funston
Skyline Boulevard at John Muir Drive (415) 561-4323

Famous for its ethereal hang-gliders and awesome hiking, Fort Funston is also a popular beach spot. Dog-walkers and kite-fliers come here daily to enjoy the wind and sand. It' ...more»

Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway One , Jenner, CA (707) 847-3286

Fort Ross was established in 1812 by Russians as an outpost for sea otter hunters and a permanent trade base. None of the original fort structures remain, however several buil ...more»

Glen Canyon Park and Playground
Bosworth Street at Elk Street (415) 337-4705

Glen Canyon is a jewel waiting to be discovered in our wonderful City. Eighty-five acres of open space filled with numerous rare plants and animal species can be found here. I ...more»

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
 (415) 561-4700

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes Alcatraz Island, the Cliff House, Crissy Field, Fort Funston, Fort Point NHS, Lands End, Marin Headlands, Milagra Ridge, Mori ...more»

Golden Gate Park
Between Stanyan & Great Highway, Fulton & Lincoln (415) 831-2700

The City's grand and glorious playground stretches all the way from the ocean to the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Everyone finds something to do in Golden Gate Park:Koret Chil ...more»

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
4901 Breakwater Avenue , Hayward, CA (510) 670-7270

From the website: "Perched on stilts above a salt marsh, the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is your introduction to the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Estuary. The I ...more»

Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Road , Los Altos Hills, CA (650) 949-8650

Hidden Villa is a farm outing worth the trek from the City. Guided tours of the educational garden and animal pens are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Other activities inclu ...more»

Julius Kahn Park
West Pacific Avenue (415) 292-2004

Affectionately called "JK Park," the playground boasts of cutting-edge park equipment and a great water play area right in the middle. There are four tennis courts, a baseball ...more»

Kids Outdoor Club
Golden Gate Park (415) 407-0813

Kids Outdoor Club (KOC) is a unique outdoor program in which kids do a variety of activities every day, including kickball, soccer, flag games, golf, baseball, relay races, na ...more»

Let’s Go Take a Hike! Bay Area Adventures for Families

By Laure Latham With microclimates and every single kind of landform from coast to mountain via prairies and marshes, the San Francisco Bay Area offers some spectacular places ...more»

McLaren Park
Mansell Street and Visitacion Avenue

The lush hills and meadows of McLaren Park located in the southernmost part of the City are hidden gems waiting to be discovered.Athletic Fields and PlaygroundsMcLaren Park of ...more»

Mission Beacon Center
450 Church Street (415) 431-2233

Mission Beacon Center (MBC) offers many enriching programs for youth in the community. This center is located at Everett Middle School in the Castro/Mission area.Afterschool: ...more»

Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard , Walnut Creek, CA (925) 837-2525

Rising to an elevation of 3,849 feet, Mount Diablo's summit can provide a viewshed covering 40,000 square miles of California on a clear winter or spring day. With an art gall ...more»

Mount Tamalpais State Park
801 Panoramic Highway , Mill Valley, CA (415) 388-2070

Bay Area residents are drawn to the 2,571-foot peak of "Mt. Tam"—and rightfully so. But the state park's redwood groves, oak woodlands, 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, c ...more»

Mountain Lake Park
Lake Street (at 12th Avenue) (415) 666-7005

A beautiful lake, grassy meadows, a fitness circuit, and batting cages as well as a multi-tiered play area are what make this a popular day-stay for many kids. The playground ...more»

Muir Beach and Muir Beach Overlook

Barely 20 minutes from the City is the town of Muir Beach. Here you will find the federally-owned "Big Beach," a favorite spot for families from the City, because it's so clos ...more»

Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Road , Mill Valley, CA (415) 388-2596

With ancient coast redwoods soaring into the heavens, Muir Woods is home to one of the last uncut stands of old-growth redwood. Following Redwood Creek in the bottom of a cany ...more»

Nature Nurture Adventure!(1)
99 Moraga Avenue (415) 751-4000

This great organization's primary focus is on children learning and practicing the art of honoring all living things, including others and themselves, whether spending time in ...more»

North Beach - Chinatown Beacon Center
2190 Powell Street (415) 956-1234

The North Beach - Chinatown Beacon Center partners with local agencies and public schools to build different enrichment programs for families in the community.Camps: Morning ...more»

Ocean Beach
Great Highway

Ocean Beach is a vast stretch of sand and dunes that lies on the westernmost edge of San Francisco. This is the most populated beach in San Francisco. Not for swimming so much ...more»

OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center
241 Oneida Avenue, Room 81 (415) 406-1290

This Beacon Center, located at James Denman Middle School, serves the Excelsior, Merced, Ingleside, and Oceanview districts.Programs and services include:- Afterschool enrichm ...more»

Parks Plus Creation
The Presidio (415) 617-5879

The mission of Parks + Creation is to foster growth and development of the whole child in 100% outdoor, natural environments.  Parks + Creation aims to accomplish this by supp ...more»

Pine Lake Park (Pine Lake Natural Area)
Sloat Boulevard and Vale Street

Next to the famous Stern Grove is a wonderful expanse called Pine Lake Park. Most popular with dogs and their owners, this park is a terrific place to take your wee ones on a ...more»

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road , Point Reyes Station, CA (415) 464-5100

There is something for everyone at Point Reyes National Seashore. The park is visited by over 2 million people each year. The most popular activities are hiking, kayaking, bir ...more»

Randall Museum
199 Museum Way (415) 554-9600

Take your kids to the Randall Museum to experience nature and the environment right here in the City. The space is surrounded by beautiful views that you can soak up while you ...more»

San Francisco Bay Area Wildlife Tours
2912 Diamond Street, #361 (415) 672-3764

Connect with nature through the experts at SFB Wildlife Tours!  These eco-friendly tours are great for the whole family, and focus on understanding the world around you while ...more»

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
1199 9th Avenue (at Lincoln Way) (415) 661-1316

One of the finest botanical gardens in the country, the San Francisco Botanical Garden features a spectacular array of plants from the Mediterranean and other mild, temperate ...more»

San Francisco Nature Education
3450 Geary Boulevard, Suite 208 (415) 387-9160

San Francisco Nature Education (SFNE) offers environmental education for youth and adults, especially in underserved communities. Programs include:- School Programs: SFNE prov ...more»

San Francisco North KOA Campground
20 Rainsville Road , Petaluma, CA (800) 562-1233

For those of us who either haven't camped a lot or like the idea of camping, but are overwhelmed by the hassle of it all, KOA Kampgrounds are a good option. This is really "Ka ...more»

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
501 Stanyan Street (415) 831-6800

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Recreation and Park) offers a gamut of activities for the entire family, including: swimming, camping, Tiny Tot programs, ...more»

Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge
19940 Donner Pass Road , Norden, CA (530) 426-3632

Is your family ready for a rustic getaway in the Sierras? Looking for affordable, youth hostel–style vacation lodging for the family? The Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge may ...more»

Slide Ranch
2025 Shoreline Highway , Muir Beach, CA (415) 381-6155

Slide Ranch is a non-profit agricultural and environmental education center nestled in the stunning Marin coastline. Over the last 30 years, Slide Ranch has offered families a ...more»

Sonoma County Regional Parks Department
 (707) 565-2267

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures including fishing, camping, swimming, picnicking, trails for horseback riding, hik ...more»

Spring Lake Regional Park
391 Violetti Drive , Santa Rosa, CA (707) 539-8092

The visitor to Spring Lake Park will find an exciting array of displays and exhibits to enjoy at the Visitor Center as well as a number of interpretive projects especially des ...more»

Stroller Strides
Various locations (800) 650-1406

Get ready...get set...get walking! Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. Each class includes power walking and intervals of body toni ...more»

Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
3925 Noriega Street (415) 759-3690

The Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC) serves as a community center for families in the Sunset District. They host afterschool programs at neighborhood schools, support ...more»

Sutro Baths (Sutro Historic District)
Point Lobos Avenue (415) 561-4323

A landmark that is part of the Sutro Historic District, Sutro Baths is a great place to bring your wee ones, as well as kids studying San Francisco or California history. The ...more»

Tilden Park
 (510) 843-2137

Tilden Park is by far the best nature destination in the East Bay. It is replete with gorgeous hiking trails, open meadows, barbecue pits and picnic tables (reserved by site), ...more»

UCSF Outdoor Programs
500 Parnassus Avenue (415) 476-2078

UCSF's Outdoor Programs offer a variety of programs for families, especially those with older children. Group adventures include backpacking, sea kayaking, water rafting, snow ...more»

URBIA Adventure League

URBIA produces seasonal adventure booklets for families to discover "green spots" and hilltops right in the City. Every three months, "Urbikids" get a new adventure packet fil ...more»

Visitacion Valley ROCK Beacon Center
Visitacion Valley Middle School: 450 Raymond Avenue (415) 260-8774

Visitacion Valley ROCK Beacon Center offers programs in arts, recreation, health, career development, and leadership. They also provide weekend and evening services for the co ...more»

Winfield Street Slide and Stairs
Winfield Street and Esmeralda Avenue

Nestled away amongst the trees and curvy hills of Bernal Heights is a fun spot for sliders, picnickers, dog walkers, and hikers. The steep slide at the top of Winfield Street ...more»

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