5 outdoor places kids will love San Francisco

Seward Street Slides

30 Seward Street

Eureka Valley

For some real free fun, head to these concrete slides. And use the cardboard that’s left behind. It’s a steep climb, so wear proper clothing and shoes (no skirts, dresses and sandals). Then sit on your board and slide on down. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Mondays.

Stow Lake Boathouse

50 Stow Lake Drive
Golden Gate Park
+1 415 702 1390
stowlakeboathouse.com

Rent a boat with your little ones and enjoy the sight of turtles and ducks as they go swimming by. You have a choice of a paddle or pedal boat and each rents by the hour. There is a cafe with snacks, but it’s great to bring your own.

The Wave Organ

Yacht Road
Marina/Cow Hollow
exploratorium.edu/visit/wave-organ

This organ is a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the Bay. It’s made of 25 pipes located at various elevations to meet the tide levels. Sound is created when waves hit and water moves around the pipe ends. Be patient and listen very closely. It’s best to visit during high tide.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd
Sausalito
+1 415 339 3900
bayareadiscoverymuseum.org

An innovative, mostly outdoors museum for kids with an unbeatable location right under the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge. They have fun exhibits, events, classes and camps designed to transform the way children learn as they play. The playground here is a hit. You can bring your own snacks.

San Francisco Zoo

1 Zoo Road
Lakeshore
+1 415 753 7080
sfzoo.org

The zoo is home to over 2000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals. It’s an opportunity to get close to animals from all parts of the world with the hope that the interaction here leads to conservation action for wildlife everywhere. They offer camps and classes for children of all ages.