Family Fun Around San Francisco: Things to do and places to go in the Bay Area

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San Francisco

Alcatraz Island -- Visit the famous penitentiary, turned tourist attraction, in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz once housed the most notorious criminals in America!

Angel Island State Park -- Official site for the Park. Look here for information about visiting or click on the "historical sites" button and find out about Angel Island's history including its use as an immigration station.

Aquarium of the Bay -- Explore the wonders of the Bay as you walk through 300-feet of crystal clear tunnels surrounded by sharks, eels, octopus and thousands of marine animals indigenous to its waters. It is an adventure of discovery and learning that brings you face-to-face with San Francisco's fascinating marine life. Naturalists are on hand to answer questions and encourage exploration.

The Asian Art Museum -- It is the largest museum in the western world exclusively devoted to the arts and cultures of Asia. The Asian's permanent collections represent over 40 Asian countries spanning 6,000 years of history. Their Web page has times, admission costs, and a map to help you find your way.

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco -- Visit the famous Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park! It includes the Morrison Planetarium, the Natural History Museum, and the Steinhart Aquarium.

The Exploratorium -- Check out the world's largest hands-on science exhibit, located at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Go City Kid --Look here for loads of family-friendly activities, after school fun, and outdoor adventures in San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Railroad Museum -- Choo, Choo! All Aboard! The Golden Gate Railroad Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of steam and passenger railroad equipment, and the interpretation of local railroad history. You can even rent your own locomotive!

The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Click here to find out what their current exhibits are.

M.H. de Young Museum -- Set in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is San Francisco's oldest public museum, dating back to the 1894 Midwinter Exposition. Checkout their Web page to find out admission prices and free days.

The Museum of the City of San Francisco -- A Resource Center for Bay Area History. Their Web site has pictures and records from the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, and the San Francisco Fire Department's official reports on the Loma Prieta and Oakland Fire Storm. The museum is located in The Cannery at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

San Francisco Bay Area Transit Information -- Look here for schedules of any Bay Area public transportation organization. It even has a schedule for the ferries that tour the Bay.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park -- The museum features ship models, nautical artifacts, and a maritime bookstore. The Hyde Street Pier at the foot of Hyde Street offers free "Young Salts" activities for children, including stories, sea chanteys, knot making and art projects.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- Take a look at art with artists, and also a self-guided tour of the Museum's online gallery.

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department -- SF Rec and Park maintains more than 200 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city, including two outside the city limits - Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras.

San Francisco Zoo -- Take a virtual tour of this wonderful zoo, or look up the schedule and ticket information to see it live.

Zeum -- This unique museum provides young people access to digital and multimedia tools for exploring and creating art.

The Rest of the Bay

Chabot Space & Science Center! -- Surround yourself with science while you explore the wonders of space at this new facility in the Oakland hills.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose --Over 150 interactive exhibits to check out if you are in the area! Click here for general information and directions.

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia -- Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about PEZ dispensers! You will need a graphical browser to view the cool photos!

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum -- A Bay Area Museum that will transport you to ancient Egypt.

The University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (UAM/PFA) -- See various art exhibits at The University Art Museum. The Pacific Film Archive (PFA) is an internationally recognized center for the exhibition and study of cinema. The University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the principal visual arts center of the University of California at Berkeley.

Monterey Bay Aquarium -- Anchovies, bat rays and moon jellies are just some of the creatures you can look at here.

Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley -- Visit the 4th largest collection of paleontology exhibits in America. The exhibits include dinosaurs and sharks.

The Lawrence Hall of Science -- The LHS is the public science center at the University of California, Berkeley. The LHS offers a wide variety of programs in the field of math and science and technology for both children and adults as well as teacher education.

The Intel Museum -- Located at Intel Corporation headquarters in Santa Clara, California, the museum describes how computer chips are made and used. You can learn the differences between microprocessors, memory and embedded control chips. You can also see how chips are constructed, layer upon layer, atop wafers of silicon, the primary component of ordinary beach sand.

The Tech Museum of Innovation -- This museum features interactive exhibits on advanced technologies. Their home page will tell you all about them, and how to get there.

The Oakland Zoo -- Located in the East Bay, the Oakland Zoo is rated in the top 20% of more than 700 American zoos! Find information on many of your favorite animals including endangered species. This site also offers help on doing a student report.

The Minolta Planetarium-- Located in the DeAnza Community College, this planetarium provides a preeminent center for elementary, college, and public education in space science and technology, astronomy, the earth sciences and related disciplines.

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