San Francisco Bay is not just home to the famous Golden Gate Bridge and revolutionary Silicon Valley. Whilst Bay tourism usually revolves around the nearby wine counties and the historic city of San Francisco, there’s plenty more to sink your teeth into during a visit to the area. Whilst Los Angeles is home to famous theme parks and nearby Buena Park Hotels, there are plenty of unique attractions in this equally iconic Californian city, especially ones that are family friendly.
So where to start on a trip to San Francisco Bay? It’s hard enough organizing a vacation, but one with kids can mean a lot of compromises, but that doesn’t mean if you look hard enough, that there aren’t countless fun things to do during your stay at hotels in California’sBay area. This blog will outline some of the best activities and attractions around San Francisco Bay that all ages will get something out of.
Aquarium Of the Bay
With the San Francisco Bay harboring a number of nature reserves, your first port of call when learning about the wildlife of the area should be the Aquarium Of The Bay. Here both young and old will find exhibits that investigate the local water life of the San Francisco Bay area as well as that of nearby lakes, bays, and rivers such as the Sierras. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the water tunnels that give a ground floor view of sea bass, bat ray and shark habitats, whilst four different exhibits provide an in-depth overview of San Francisco’s animal life.
Riding The Cable Cars
Whilst there were once 23 separate lines running through San Francisco, only three still run to this day. There might be more efficient modes of transport through the city, but families will love the novelty of riding these Victorian-era rails over the steep hills of San Francisco. Dating back to 1873, the cable cars of San Francisco are a historic icon of the city, and the surviving routes take visitors across California Street and downtown from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Travel northwest from Santa Cruz and you’ll end up in the majestic Big Basin Redwoods State Park. This stunning redwood park is home to 18,000 acres of redwoods, some of the oldest trees in the world. With geographical significance as a large part of the Waddell Creek watershed, it’s not just science that brings visitors to what is now the oldest State Park in California, but its many waterfalls, birdwatching opportunities, and hiking trails. Furthermore, the Big Basin State Park is free to visit, giving you even more value for money on top of the Good Nite Inn promotion code at nearby hotels.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
California’s oldest theme park, this 1907 established Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is everything a family would want from a trip to the promenade. Here you’ll find classic fairground amusements, stalls and even an old school arcade and laser tag centre, all stationed along the popular Monterey Bay area of northern California and beside the San Lorenzo River. With its quaint and scenic views, you’ll be able to absorb the vista from atop rides like the Giant Dipper, Cliffhanger and Undertow, before the stomach-churning drops, that is!