Andy and I took a kid free vacation to San Francisco in January thanks to Alaska Airlines. I won 2 tickets to Alaska Airlines at Alt Summit last year. We took full advantage of our 3 kid free days in San Francisco and did all the things we can’t easily do with little kids: biked everywhere and ate out! This was Andy’s first trip to San Francisco, so I wanted to show him all the things, but we also wanted to enjoy our days and not feel rushed. Solution? Electric bikes. So much fun.
I put together a list of 10 free things to do in San Francisco with or without the kids. I included a few obvious choices like the Golden Gate Bridge along with a local gems we loved like the wave organ.
10 Free Things To Do in San Francisco:
10. There are tons of museums in San Francisco that have regularly scheduled free admission days. We decided to take advantage of the San Francisco CityPASS. The San Francisco CityPASS admission saves you 42% and includes:
- Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport
- California Academy of Sciences
- Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
- Aquarium of the Bay
- Exploratorium OR de Young Museum
The CityPASS is $89 for adults and $66 for kids. The California Academy of Sciences is a must see for kid with a 2.5 acre living roof, penguins, and an aquarium and a planetarium. We will absolutely take our kids back next time we’re in San Francisco. Right across the street from the California Academy of Science is the de Young Museum, which Andy and I loved. This one is not as fun for kids, but there is a 9 story tall observation tower with 360 degree views of San Francisco that everyone will love.
- The Cable Car Museum – You will find 3 historical cable cars and see mechanical devices such as grips, track, cable, and brake mechanisms in action.
- Market Street Railway Museum – Kids can experience what it is like to be in control of a full-sized, 1911 San Francisco streetcar.
- SF Fire Department Museum – View the 1st fire engine built in California!
- Wells Fargo Museum – Kids can use vintage bank machines and send a telegraph.
- The Mechanical Museum – Find out what kids did before screens. You will find the largest privately owned collection of antique arcade machines.