Family Weekender: San Francisco

Quick Escapes for Bay Area Families

If you have kids and you like the outdoors, you've already learned this truth: It takes more than a simple walk in the woods to keep 21st century children entertained. Fortunately, San Francisco parents have more than a simple trail through the woods when it comes to outdoor recreation. The Bay Area seems to have been created with modern kids in mind. From tide pools to towering redwoods to sea kayaking, the Bay Area serves up a smorgasbord of outdoor activities guaranteed to keep the Pokemon generation happy. Heck, it might even make you feel like a kid again.

The Bay Area ranks high on the kid-friendly charts because there's always something extra that transforms a simple outdoor excursion into an adventure. Call it added value. Whether you splurge for sea kayaking and a lesson in underwater ecology at Monterey Bay or go for a low-budget bike trip in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, you'll find activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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