SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Experience San Francisco and create lasting memories

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Crissy Field has become a gem of the Presidio, but that wasn’t always the case. When the Presidio was still an active military base, a walk along Crissy Field or a visit to Torpedo Wharf felt like you were exploring an abandon industrial zone. Fort Point has changed little except for more traffic and less parking.

My father would take us for weekend crabbing trips to Torpedo Wharf back in the 1980s. It felt abandon. So many empty warehouses, waiting for the next war to become useful again. Relatively few…


Experience San Francisco like a local

A quirky memorable spot, a perfect place to take out-of-town visitors

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By Frank Schulenburg — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45923448

Whenever friends or family come to visit, I love to find memorable out of the ordinary experiences to share with them. You can find endless lists for places to visit around the city, and those typical suggestions create wonderful memories for their visit to this wonderful city.

Many of those suggestions won't eat up your time playing tour guide. Hopefully, you won’t see them driving around one of those little yellow three-wheeled motorcycles with the extra-loud audio tour.


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Walk the Panhandle, Play at Children's Playground, and ride the Carousel

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Alvord Lake in Golden Gate Park by Cody Tolmasoff

Panhandle Walk and Playtime at Children’s Playground — A Bonus Adventure

This playground has been THE destination for kids living in the Bay Area for well over 100 years. Lucky for us we can still enjoy the Carousel, and bring our own kids here for their adventures.

It is said that Children’s Playground in Golden Gate Park is one of the first public playgrounds in the nation (with previous examples in New York’s Central…


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Bike JFK Drive (closed to cars on Sundays), hike to the top of Rainbow Falls, and stroll around the rose garden.

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Passing the Conservatory of Flowers on Bike Sunday in Golden Gate Park by Cody Tolmasoff

Bike Sunday on JFK Drive — A Bonus Adventure

When I grew up in the Sunset District, my family always seemed to take part as pedestrians during Sunday closures of JFK Drive. We rarely had a car, and the logistics of bringing our skates or bikes were probably too complicated.

I think also, it was never a destination for us. It was more likely that we were visiting somewhere else nearby and…


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Stroll around the Music Concourse, visit the Japanese Tea Garden, tour the free areas of the de Young Museum, and visit the Shakespeare Garden.

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Music Concourse viewed from the tower at the de Young Museum by Cody Tolmasoff

Stroll around the Music Concourse — a bonus adventure

I always enjoyed taking a walk around the concourse and through one of the tunnels here (now the entrances to the subterranean parking garages). Looking at all the artists and enjoying the weekend street performers here was always entertaining. Sometimes we would get to see the Golden Gate Park Band perform here, or any number of acts over the years. And if the…


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Stroll around Stow Lake, hike to the top of Strawberry Hill, paddle a boat around Stow Lake.

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Stow Lake Boat House by Cody Tolmasoff

Stroll around Stow Lake — A Bonus Adventure

One of my favorite holiday traditions growing up was taking a Christmas day walk with my family around Stow Lake and to the top of Strawberry Hill. …


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Stroll along the Great Highway from Golden Gate Park, visit the Camera Obscura, learn some history about the Cliff House.

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Seal Rocks, Camera Obscura, and the Cliff House by Cody Tolmasoff

Cliff House Stroll — A Bonus Adventure

A visit to the Cliff House is a step back in time. As a kid, the Musée Mécanique was located in the basement of the Cliff House, the entrance across from the Camera Obscura. During its last renovations, the Musée Mécanique had to relocate to Pier 45. But visiting it at the Cliff House gave added effect to stepping back in time playing…


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Rent Archery Equipment in the Richmond District and head over to the park to discover your inner Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen!

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Archery in Golden Gate Park by Mike Linksvayer

Golden Gate Park Archery — A Bonus Adventure

Archery can be a lot of fun. Having an archery range here in Golden Gate Park with an Archery Pro Shop only a few blocks away makes this a convenient way to spend part of your day. …


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Enjoy the model boats at Spreckels Lake, hike around the Bison Paddock, Walk around North Lake, and visit the Fly Casting Pools

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Spreckels Lake by Cody Tolmasoff

Spreckels Bison Loop — Bonus Golden Gate Park Adventure

Growing up in the sunset, my childhood dog would love a ride to the dog run behind the Bison Paddock and Spreckels Lake. She would go nuts when we got close to Spreckels Lake. After a romp in the fenced-in area of the dog run, we would often have a walk around the Bison or the lake to wind down. …


SF BAY AREA DAY TRIP ADVENTURE

Stroll through Speedway Meadows, cross the Polo Fields, visit the Portals of the Past at Lloyd Lake, and climb to the top of Rainbow Falls

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

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Portals of the Past at Lloyd Lake by Cody Tolmasoff

Portals of the Past — Bonus Golden Gate Park Adventure

I really enjoy taking this walk along old Speedway Meadows to see the Portals of the Past. So much of what we see in San Francisco is recently built. Even if something seems old, it likely doesn’t date back before the 1906 earthquake (with a few exceptions). …

Cody Tolmasoff

Parent-adventurer, creating memories for my two daughters around the SF Bay Area. Author & publisher at @adventuringin & Chief Happiness Officer at @kiddiewalks

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