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Magical San Francisco: Top 10 Adventures with Kids

A San Francisco mom of three shares her kid-tested best of the city, from beaches to trolleys, museums and ice cream

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9. Golden Gate Bridge + The Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Golden Gate Bridge is a renewable resource of awe, and you can’t go home without crossing it. Views of the city and bridge from the other side, in the Marin Headlands, are worth crossing for by car — but walking the bridge, about 20 minutes each way, is best. It’s loud and often windy, and sometimes the bridge itself is invisible in the fog. The best pairing for a bridge walk is a warm jacket.

Pair with: The Bay Area Discovery Museum. On the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, imaginatively housed in and around the barracks of Fort Baker, this museum has a designed-by-Roald-Dahl sensibility. The environment is mercifully sans screens. In one room, a real crab boat rocks in the painted waves for kids to crawl through and captain. In the garden, become a spider on a rope-spun web stretched between the trees. The onsite Bean Sprouts Café has organic children’s food staples and adorable sandwiches, such as the Flutter Bite: waffles shaped like a butterfly.

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