Children's Creativity Museum

#20 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
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Key Info

221 Fourth St.

Price & Hours

$12.95 general admission; free for kids 2 and ...
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Families visiting San Francisco should set aside at least a few hours to explore the Children's Creativity Museum. The museum provides a variety of activities designed for kids, which cover topics ranging from animation to coding to music. The property also houses the historic LeRoy King Carousel, which has called several West Coast cities home before opening at this museum. (Tickets are $4 per person and $3 with paid museum admission.)

Past travelers say that the museum lives up to its name, though younger children will most appreciate and benefit from the exhibits. The Children's Creativity Museum shines particularly bright on San Francisco's rainiest days, as it provides visitors with cover and entertainment.

The museum sits in the northeast portion of San Francisco, near Yerba Buena Gardens. Because of its location near the city center, travelers can access the Children's Creativity Museum from the Powell Street Stations of the MUNI and BART public transit systems. There are also a variety of parking garages nearby for anyone who opts to drive. During the fall, winter and spring, the museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the summer, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $12.95 per person, while kids 2 and younger can enter for free. Check out the Children's Creativity Museum's website for even more information.

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The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made it one of the West Coast's most enduring symbols and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate," actually refers to the body of water it spans (the Golden Gate Strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay), and was built to make travel between San Francisco and Marin County an easier feat. 

There are plenty of great spots to capture a snap of the majestic bridge. But if you want a truly postcard-worthy shot, head to the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, situated high on a hill overlooking San Francisco. If you have extra time, make sure to explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The actual span of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses multiple places in San Mateo (south of San Francisco), San Francisco and Marin Counties (Alcatraz and Muir Woods included), but notable parts of this recreation area can be found just a stroll away from the Golden Gate. From the bridge, travelers will find some scenic, bayside trails, some of which lead to secluded beaches, including Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach. If you really want a trek, journey to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for sweeping views of the bay, found at the very tip of the Golden Gate Strait.

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