tiny tourist: san francisco

San Francisco is all about the sights and scenery; about amazing food, and impressive industry. It’s not just one thing, but a whole slew of exciting things to take in that makes San Francisco a hot spot for travelers. We brought on our friend and San Fransiscan, Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken to highlight five of her favorite spots in San Fran to take her son, Henry!

Dynamo Donuts: The yummiest donuts in the city, and check out their booth every morning down at the Marina ship yard for a convenient treat after an afternoon exploring the tidepools at Crissy Field beach.

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De Young Museum: They have this beautiful (and free- no admission required) observatory that is glass all around with views of the whole city, Golden Gate Park and the bay. Plus a huge map of the city! Kids love running around and checking out the amazing views. This Summer they have hands on art projects lead by actual artists in the museum!

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Dolores Park: It’s a SCENE on the weekend, but it currently hosts the most amazing playground in the city with huge slides you might be scared to go on yourself!

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Japanese Tea Gardens:
The Japanese tea gardens are right by our house so they’re one of our favorite spots to visit for a morning walk. Between the little rocks to step across the pond, the huge colorful goldfish, the steep staircases, the pagodas, and the bridges, there are lots of places for little legs to roam and explore.

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Bi-Rite Creamery: The famous ice cream spot with amazing flavor combinations like balsamic strawberry and salty caramel that will keep you waiting in lines for hours, (unless you buy a carton you just have to walk to the front of the line and purchase!) Walk across with your child to Delores park afterwards.

Small Fry | Tiny Tourist | San Francisco

Thanks so much, Liz, what a beautiful and delicious tour! Liz currently has a series all about San Fransico called Sites and Bites, head there for more must-see spots.
But you readers know the drill, leave your favorite kid-friendly San Francisco spots in the comments, we are loving everyone’s additions!

All images by Liz Stanley for Say Yes to Hoboken, images of Dolores Park and Bi-Rite courtesy of San Francisco Travel Guide, images of De Young Museum Eva Kolenko.


  • Shayna White
    June 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Dolores Park looks like reason enough to visit SF!!! Thanks for sharing~S.

  • Sarah
    June 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Yay! I live in the bay area and lov Liz’s blog. I need to try out that donut place.

  • Christina
    June 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Loving this series girls! Can you pretty please do a north Florida feature? Pretty pretty please?? We’ve recently moved here and would love some ideas!

  • Bri | Mamages
    June 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    cute! what a great idea for a series! we took a little trip to sf for easter and loved it. what a fantastic city!

  • Simple Savvy
    June 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    We love the tea garden!

  • M
    June 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Dynamo has the best gluten-free donuts I’ve ever tasted. Get there early or you’ll miss them!

  • M
    June 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Also, I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would take them to Alta Plaza Park in Pacific Heights–it looks over the entire city and is an absolute dream.

  • angel swanson
    June 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    love these picks! If time allowed, I would throw in a BART ride across the bay to explore Berkeley. I may be biased (since it is my alma mater) but the campus and surrounding city is a great place to spend an afternoon!

  • PARIS BEE kids blog
    June 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    We are dying to visit San Francisco in 2014. We especially can’t wait to visit all the foodie spots!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  • Trisha
    June 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Aquatic Park, Crissy Field, Fairyland (across the Bay), SF Zoo, Yerba Buena, cable car rides, plus so much more!!! SF is a wonderful and kid-friendly destination.


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