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Enjoy a short, scenic boat ride over, then wander the prison cell blocks at Alcatraz

Stroll through Chinatown and lunch in one of the old-time, curtain-enclosed booths at Far East Cafe

Climb all over the collection of historical vessels moored at Hyde Street Pier

Sightsee aboard a bright-red 1955 Mack fire engine

Have fun and learn about science at the same time at the cavernous Exploratorium

Take a whirl on an antique carousel in Golden Gate Park, then frolic for a while at adjacent Koret Children's Quarter playground --the first public playground in a U.S. park

Get a great kid's meal served in a cardboard classic car and play an oldie but goodie for two bits on a mini-jukebox at Mel's Drive-In (did you know jukeboxes were invented in San Francisco in 1888?)

Spend an afternoon at the San Francisco Zoo, which has a special Children's Zoo and another antique carousel

Watch the bakers at Boudin at the Wharf make this famous sourdough bread, then purchase a souvenir loaf  in the shape of a darling little turtle or alligator

Stuff yourself with the best ice cream sundae ever at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory in Ghirardelli Square

Carole Terwilliger Meyers blogs at Travels With Carole.
Ms. Meyers is also the author of “Miles of Smiles:  101 Great Car Games & Activities”
copyright 2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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