3. Disney California Adventure
Why you’ve got to go: Next to classic Disneyland is Disney California Adventure, a separate theme park that has seven themed areas that are completely different to Disneyland. Visit places like Cars Land, Paradise Pier, a Bug’s Land, and Hollywood Land. If your child is a Disney and Pixar fanatic, you can’t miss Disney California Adventure.
What to do: Ride Mickey’s Fun Wheel, a rollercoaster with a 360-degree loop, and other exciting rides. There are tons of restaurants, themed areas, and characters to take pictures with. And while Disneyland does not serve alcohol, Disney California Adventure has places where parents can indulge.
Get there when kids are: Up to 18. Mind the height requirements for rides.
4. Crissy Field
Why you’ve got to go: Chrissy Field is a former airfield that now serves as a campground on the beach. With views of the Golden Gate Bridge and still being within city limits, it’s the perfect place for families to get their nature fix next to an urban environment.
What to do: Ride bikes from Marina Green to Fort Point or along the promenade, build sandcastles and swim on Baker Beach, have picnics, or do day trips into the city with the airfield being your base. Kitesurfers and windsurfers can set sail once the wind picks up. Grab a warm meal and souvenirs at the Warming Hut.
Get there when kids are: Up to 18