We went to San Francisco for my birthday and Mother’s day weekend. We were only there for four days, but we did so much that I had to make 2 travel videos. You can find them here.
- Alcatraz– This is a must for history buffs. The tour takes you on the island where criminals, like Al Capone, were imprisoned. Also, start a National Park Service passport for your little one (get it stamped at guest services). Eloise was a trooper until we got into the cells. Our little miss independent didn’t want to be in the stroller anymore and was running into people. If we tried to pick her up, she would cry. Since I’ve already been on the tour, I brought her to the gardens for her to run around and hubs continued the tour.
- Golden Gate Bay Cruise– Take a tour under the Golden Gate bridge, loop by Alcatraz island, and check out the beautiful skyline from the bay. It was a little windy, so we stayed inside drinking hot coco and saw the views through the window. When the boat went under bridge, we went outside to soak in the beauty.
- Pier 39– This place is a must! There’s cool shops, good restaurants, a fun 2 story carrousel, and the cute sea lions. We ate at Fog Harbor for lunch and it was so yummy. We ordered the clam chowder and the seafood tower. One of our neighbors recommended this place, and I’m glad she did!
- Muir Woods– Only 16 miles north of the hustle and bustle of the city, is this majestic place. Our little babe received another stamp on her National Park passport. Dedicated to the founder of National Parks, John Muir, this park is perfect to soak in the glory of Jesus. Look up to be in awe of the redwoods that are over 150 years old and tower over the trails.
- Twin Peaks- At 925 feet elevation, it is the 2nd highest point in the city with only a 3 feet difference to Mount Davidson. There was construction when we arrived which made parking a little confusing. We ended up parking next to a fence blocking the road. Since there was construction, part of the road was closed so we were able to walk on the street and take in the skyline undisturbed.
- Painted Ladies– The famous, colorful Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies are a must. Bring a picnic and watch the sunset hide behind the houses from Alamo Square. Despite what people think, the Full House house is not one of these ladies.
- Full House house– A few blocks away is the infamous Full House house, ya know the show, cue the Tanners. If you’re in the area, check it out to feel a little nostalgic 😉
- Ghirardelli Square– There are fun shops, a pub, restaurants, and of course, Ghirardelli chocolates. We got a cute souvenir shirt for Eloise; can’t wait for it to fit her.
- Golden Gate bridge– Walking across the bridge should be on your bucket list! It was super windy when we walked across. I’m so glad we were dressed in layers (always my brother’s advice when we visit). You can see a beautiful view of the skyline, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, and the Marin Headlands.
- Sue Bierman Park– Our little babe needed a break from the stroller and this was a good place to run free. We stumbled upon this playground across the street from the Ferry building. We love hanging out at the local parks. We met a few families there; one wanted to have a play date, but unfortunately, we were leaving later that day.
*Bonus*Kirby Cove– we were unable to make it here due to construction. We could not figure out a place to park then how to get down there. I was super bummed and I definitely would make a trip back to SF just to experience swinging while overlooking at the magnificent Golden Gate bridge- and why not, take a pic for insta, too 😉
Seattle is so pretty, even when it rains. They have SO many family friendly activities for both the indoors and outdoors.
- Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)– This is a fun museum for all ages. Currently, their exhibits include: David Bowie, Jim Henson, Jimi Hendrix, Star Trek, Seattle Seahawks (We are 12). They also have a fun sound lab on the top level to get hands on experience. You can play drums, guitar, keyboard, and even sing in your own “studio”. Really cool!
- Artists at Play playground- Perfectly located right in front of MoPOP & the Space Needle in the Seattle center. If your kiddos need a break, let them run around and explore at this super fun park. There was a nice toddler area that our sweet little babe loved to climb and slide by herself. She also loved this rock chime nearby. You throw rocks and it would hit these chimes that make music sounds.
- Space Needle– You can’t not go to Seattle without seeing the Space needle! The views from the top look amazing, too!
- Kerry Park– For a classic Seattle view, check out Kerry park! Parking can be a little chaotic, but most people don’t stay too long so if you wait, someone will be leaving soon! There is also a cute park below Kerry park. Our little babe loved sliding down and meeting new friends there.
- Pike’s Place Market– This place is a must! Not only is the first ever Starbucks here, but they have best flowers for cheap! We bought a dozen sunflowers to give to our hosts for $10! What a deal! They were fun for props to take pictures around, too 😉 They also have the “flying” fish here, but we never saw it. We came multiple times, too, maybe we just missed it. There will be a line at the Starbucks, but if you order a pour over or drip coffee, you’ll get it way faster than ordering a latte. After you get your coffee, stop over at Piroshky Piroshky and order their popular smoked salmon pate and beef and onion piroshky. It won’t disappoint!
- Aliki Beach– For another beautiful view of the skyline, come check out Aliki beach. You can walk, jog, rollerblade, have bonfires, have a picnic, or just sit and listen to the waves crash in.
- Snoqualmie Falls– About 45 minutes from the Sea-Tac airport, and a short hike down. Our little babe didn’t want to be in an Ergo (roll eye emoji); she’s quite an independent little lady, as many are at her age. She walked down to the bottom of the falls with minimal distractions and only 1 fall when she ran too fast and tripped on a rock. The hike back is a different story! It’s steep, and she did not want to cooperate. She wanted to keep throwing rocks and go off trail. So, we waited at the lower parking lot while hubs hiked back up to get the car to come get us.
- Fremont Street– Cool neighborhood! Check out the troll that lives under the bridge & the Sunday farmer’s market.
- Gum Wall– Be sure to have some super bubbly gum to add to the wall and take some cool pics for Instagram 😉
- Museum of Flight– Check out all the different planes, Boeing field tours, pilot experiences- fun for all ages.
- Starbucks Reserve Roastery– First ever Starbucks roastery (currently will open 6 more with only 2 more in the U.S.A.). Pretty cool experience especially if you are a coffee lover. You can order a cold brew flight or a pour-over. While you wait, you can watch them sort the beans. You can also purchase beans from different parts of the world.
- Harbor Cruise– We went around Elliot Bay which was really nice. I thought we were gonna see the ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ houseboats, but we were on the wrong body of water- lol! Check out their tour on Lake Union and the Ballard locks.
- Gas Works Park– A former gas plant, it contains the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the United States. Bring a kite, a blanket for a picnic, or read a book and enjoy the Seattle skyline.
We loved Seattle so much; we looked into the housing market- lol I’ve listed just a few things to do, but there really is something for everyone there.
Hope you enjoy!