Five Fun San Francisco Bay Area Day Trips For Kids

San Francisco Zoo

The age old question parents have to grapple with every weekend is, what are we going to do today? Well we can help with these five fun day bay area day trips. All of these adventures can be made in one day of less an your kids will love them.

First up and in town is the San Francisco Zoo. Kids of all ages will enjoy a trip to this Children will love all the attractions like the hands-on Children’s Zoo, the flock of shockingly pink flamingos, Grizzly Gulch, the giant anaconda and the Little Puffer train.

Inside, the zoo is divided into regions, and exhibit highlights include a world-renowned lemur forest, a family group of western lowland gorillas and an exhibit with its kangaroos and wallaroos.

San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 94132

Disney Museum San Francisco
Next on our list of kids day trips is Wallt Disneyland  Family Museum. There is more than activities on this day trip the whole family will enjoy.  

The 40,000-square-foot museum displays the life story of a great man with state-of-the-art technology, telling the history and birth of Imagineering.

From the museum, visitors can walk the Presidio Promenade  down to Fort Point, where they can enjoy a majestic of the Golden Gate Bridge

Wallt Disneyland  Family Museum 104 Montgomery Street The Presidio, San Francisco San Francisco, CA 94129 Phone: 415.345.6800 

Oakland Zoo
Across the Bay is the fun and affordable Oakland Zoo. Nestled in the  in 500-acre Knowland Park, the zoo, once named the Knowland Zoo, is a 100-acre paradise with  over 650 animals.

Inside the zoo, visitors can board the “Sky Ride” and travel high above parts of the zoo that cannot be visited by foot. Soar over of bison and Tule elk on your trip across the zoo.

The Oakland Zoo is a wonderful blend of animals, play areas, and rides for kids.

Getting to the Oakland Zoo is easy by car, taking the MacArthur Freeway to Golf Links Road exit and following signs to the zoo.

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605 Phine (510) 632-9525

Sonoma Train Town
Sonma Train town is an easy day trip from anywhere in the bay area. There is a small fee for park rides and train tickets but no general admission fee for visitors who prefer to keep their feet on the ground and skip the rides.

Be sure to bring a camera to capture the kids’ bright eyed, excited faces enjoying the sights and sounds of this colorful theme park.

Free parking is available in the small lot outside the park. There is also free street parking on Broadway (Highway 12) or nearby Clay Street.

Sonoma Train Town 20264 Broadway, Sonoma, CA (707) 938-391

Bay area day trips for kids

Our final bay area kids day trip idea is Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield. This is a great day trip with kids and it’s free. Arrive early on weekends the Jelly Bean Factory can get busy.

Factory tours are free and last about 40 minutes with a free sample bag of candy at the end. This is where free ends and buying bags of jelly beans start. Also on site is the Jelly Belly cafe where you can enjoy lunch before the trip back home.

One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield CA 94533 The Jelly Belly Visitor Center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM daily except major holidays.

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