8 Unique Family Friendly Things in the Bay Area

The Bay Area has so many different things to offer for families that sometimes you forget to visit them all before the kids are too old. Here is a short list of the best things that you have probably not done yet:

1. Rent a bike at Pier 39,

and drive with your kids over the Golden Gate Bridge. Just remember it can be windy and chilly on the bridge, so pack some warm clothes and maybe a hat. After taking some great photos at the Vista Point keep driving towards Sausalito and enjoy a great lunch or dinner in this beautiful little town. The best thing is you get to take the ferry that brings you, your family and the bikes back to Pier 39, right where you rented them. Best day trip ever!

2. Horseback Riding in Half Moon Bay

There are several companies that offer horseback riding for kids age 7 and up. They take you along the beautiful beach and if you are lucky you get to see some dolphins jumping out of the water. The best thing after is the hot cocoa at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay.

Sea Horse; Horse Rentals - seahorseranch.org‎

3. The Adventure Playground in Berkeley

It was voted as one of the best playgrounds in National Geographic! It has a zipline and kids can hammer, paint and build stuff or just run around and climb on things. It is one of the coolest playgrounds we've ever been. And when the kids are tired and hungry enjoy a great dinner in Berkeley downtown. https://www.cityofberkeley.info/adventureplayground/

4. The Wave Organs

A cool place to visit when the tide comes in. The Wave Organ includes more than 20 pipes that extend down into the water of the Bay. When the waves roll in, the pipes resound with liquid music: low, gurgling notes that ebb and flow with the restless movement of the ocean and the changing of the tides. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wave-organ

5. Golden Gate Park Bison

San Francisco's very own urban bison herd have persisted in the face of extinction, development and disease. The Bisons can be seen all year around in the beautiful Golden Gate Park. The Park itself is most easily accessed via 19th Avenue, which runs through the grounds. The bison paddock is located along John F. Kennedy Drive, between the Golden Gate Park Municipal Golf Course and Spreckels Lake. Please note that John F. Kennedy Drive is closed to automobile traffic on Sundays. https://goldengatepark.com/buffalo-paddock.html

6. Angel Island

What do you get when you combine a boat ride, a day on an island, a bike ride and lunch? One of the Bay Area’s best family adventures: Angel Island is just a short boat ride away via the Angel Island–Tiburon Ferry. The ferry ride is quick and efficient, and it's half the fun of the trip. After the short 12-minute trip, you disembark at Ayala Cove and get ready to explore the island. At various times Angel Island has been home to Civil War army post; a processing facility for troops in World Wars I and II; an immigration station known as the "Ellis Island of the West;" a World War II prisoner-of-war camp housing German, Japanese, and Italian soldiers; and a Cold-War-era Nike missile base. Currently, it's maintained by the California State Park system and is entirely devoted to recreation. http://redtri.com/san-francisco/explore-angel-island/

7. Rent a kayak in Monterey and visit the seals.

That was one of the best things we've ever done in Monterey. Renting a kayak and visiting the seals, that sleep on the rocks nearby the harbor. We also saw otters and other marine animals. Just don't forget the wet suit to rent, too and bring sun screen.

8. Redwood Canopy Tour

For kids age 10 and up. This fun but adventurous activity is located near Santa Cruz. It is totally safe and gives you a great view from up above! https://mounthermonadventures.com​

Do you have a great unusual tip for families in the Bay Area? Send me an email, so I can add it to the list! tinamaciejphotography@gmail.com.

All these things are awesome adventures you can do with your family! And since family is everything and kids grow up way too fast I would love to offer you to capture your family in a special fun way with a photo session! If you are interested just visit my webpage www.tinamaciejphotography.com or shoot me an email tinamaciejphotography@gmail.com. I would love to get to know you and your family!

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