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SF Trip with Three Children - Looking for Thoughts on my Itinerary

Thank you for all of the great suggestions. I have some research to do and will post any changes and follow-up questions. A couple of quick notes, though:

1. I left out some detail on the back end of the trip, but I was planning Marin Headlands Wed. afternoon; Point Reyes, Muir Woods and drive to Monterey on Thursday; Monterey Aquarium Friday, then head back to SF for a Saturday return flight. I appreciate the Henry Cowell recommendation and will likely go there instead of Muir Woods.

2. I really want to go to Amoeba Music on Haight, but maybe since it's on the end of Haight closest to GGP I just go there after spending the morning and early afternoon in the park and skip the rest of the street.

I'll read up on the Mission Districts and park area restaurant recommendations. Thanks again.

Mar 05, 2012
Jahman68 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Trip with Three Children - Looking for Thoughts on my Itinerary

I’m looking for feedback and suggestions in response to my current itinerary for a family trip to San Francisco scheduled in late March. I know there are a few ‘respond to my agenda’ postings in circulation right now, but I need to tailor my agenda to include kids. Important facts:

--We’re a family of five with three boys (ages 11, 5 and 5) visting from the Twin Cities area
--The boys are flexible, if not adventurous, eaters. Though they’re generally well-behaved, neither long waits nor quiet, intimate dining is a good fit
--We’re staying in Union Square and will be relying on public transit, walking and cabs for most of the trip
--Not too concerned about cost with the assumption that most high-end restaurants won’t be a good fit for the kids
--My philosophy: the dining choices need to serve the sightseeing agenda rather than the other way around, but I’m hoping even so to experience some of the unique dining opportunities in San Francisco
--Arriving in SF late afternoon on Saturday and departing sometime Wednesday. I’m renting a car Wednesday and will drive around the city a bit before heading to Muir Woods and Point Reyes

Saturday
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Dinner: Westfield Mall Food Court (getting to the hotel around 6:00 after a full day of travel so looking for something simple)

Sunday
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Agenda: Exploratorium, Fort Point, Fisherman’s Wharf

Morning: We will either (1) take the Muni 30 from Union Square to the Exploratorium or (2) take the cable car to the Wharf and then pick up the Muni 30 from there

Breakfast: Honey Honey, Luques or La Boulange in Union Square area. Depending on transportation choices, also considering Hollywood Café in Fisherman’s Wharf or Home Plate on Lombard, which is near the end of the bus ride.

Lunch: Looking for something close to the Exploratorium before heading to Fort Point. Considering Pizzeria Avellino or Liverpool Lil’s.

Dinner: After Fort Point we’re going to Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m thinking we’ll eat at Scoma with In-N-Out Burger as a fallback if everyone is too exhausted.

I’m not committed to eating at the Wharf. One option is to move the North Beach dinner up a day to Sunday, then eat somewhere else on Monday.

Monday
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Agenda: Ferry Building, Yerba Buena Gardens, SFMOMA, Chinatown, Coit Tower

Breakfast: Walk to the Ferry Building. Considering Boulette’s Larder, though might eat at one of the bakeries.

Lunch: After morning at Yerba Buena Gardens/SFMOMA, go to Yank Sing at Rincon Center

Snack: Golden Gate Bakery

Dinner: After returning from Coit Tower, I’m planning to eat in North Beach. I’m leaning towards Ideale. However, if we eat in North Beach on Sunday night then I will look for someplace closer to our hotel for this dinner. I’m open to suggestions here. Would Tadich Grill be inappropriate for children?

Tuesday
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Agenda: Haight Street, Golden Gate Park, Mission District

Morning: Either eat in Union Square or take bus to Haight and eat there

Breakfast: (1) one of the places in Union Square that we didn’t go to on Sunday or (2) Squat & Gobble on Haight

Lunch: Planning to spend some of the morning and some of the afternoon in Golden Gate Park (Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden) with a break in the middle for lunch. I’m leaning towards Park Chow.

Dinner: After finishing up at the park, head to the Mission District. I want to take the kids to 826 Valencia then eat nearby. I’m thinking either Poc Chuc or Limon.

Wednesday
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I’m waking up early on Wednesday and taking the BART to SFO to pick up a car for the rest of our trip. We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon in SF before finishing the day at Marin Headlands and Point Reyes.

Agenda: Lombard Street, Twin Peaks, Sutro Baths, Japantown, maybe Baker Beach depending on time

Breakfast: Tartine Bakery – stop off between Lombard Street and Twin Peaks

Lunch: My wife loves Japantown and my 11-year old loves Sushi, so after driving around a bit we’ll stop for lunch at Japantown. I’m thinking Takara since I’ll need non-sushi options for the other boys.

Dinner and remainder of our trip (Point Reyes, Muir Woods, then south to Monterey) I’ll figure out closer to our trip, but I would appreciate any suggestions about restaurants or the agenda more generally.

Mar 03, 2012
Jahman68 in San Francisco Bay Area