Family Fun in San Francisco: Days 2-4

A few weeks ago I posted about Day 1 of my family vacation in San Francisco, and today I’m sharing the adventures of the rest of our trip (two and a half days), filled with lots of walking, fun, and food! I’ve been meaning to get this post up for awhile, so apologies for the delay!

On our second day, we started our morning fairly early, as we were heading down to the Pier to catch a 10:30 boat to Alcatraz Island! I visited “The Rock” about 14 years ago (back when I was a kid), so seeing it now as an adult was even more of an incredible experience. I did a detailed post on our visit to Alcatraz a couple weeks ago (read it here), but a few photo highlights of our adventure are below!

When we arrived back from our Alcatraz tour, we were pretty hungry and couldn’t wait to find a spot to eat. Since we were down by the water, we decided to venture down the Pier to Fisherman’s Wharf, where we stopped for lunch at Boudins. I didn’t order anything fancy (just a Cobb salad) but it was SO good! Lunch also came with a delicious basket of sourdough bread – something Boudin SF is very famous for (and that you can smell a mile away walking outside)!

After we ate, we decided to venture into the Boudin Museum (located in the same building and free admission with the purchase of lunch). There was so much information to take in and my sisters were loving the games and quizzes (such as “what kind of bread are you”) sprinkled around the museum. We also got to watch the bread-making process from above and my favorite part of all was seeing the incredible animals made out of bread!! Boudin offers classes on how to make animals, but at the moment it’s limited to weekends. Unfortunately for us, our stay was during the week so we weren’t able to experience it. If/when I get back to SF, this is something I definitely want to partake in!

Next on our list was Ghiradelli Square, a little ways down the road (and up some hills). Although Ghiradelli chocolate is no longer made at this location, it was still really cool to see the original home of one of the best chocolate companies! There were some great little shops here – and one I wish I had back home, Lola of North Beach.

We also came across a cute cupcake store, Kara’s Cupcakes, where we obviously needed to stop. One of their flavors was on the show Cupcake Wars so we opted to sample several flavors! After all the walking we did, we felt like it was well deserved and a great way to end the day.

The next morning we woke up for our Drybar appointment. I’ve been dying to visit a location for a little over a year so couldn’t wait to visit the SF Union Square location! In addition to adult blowouts + stylings, Drybar also offers services for kids, so my sisters were pretty excited to get pampered too!

While we got our hair done, we were able to watch a movie on the screens in front of us, and were also offered drinks and snacks during our styling. It was fun being lined up at the “bar” facing the mirror as well, so we could all see each other. Check out our fun curls below!

Next on our agenda was the Ferry Building. Filled with little shops and restaurants, we walked around sampling SF-exclusives and seeing the sights. Afterward, we decided to venture back down to the touristy area at Pier 39 and ended up staying and watching for quite a while – they were so entertaining! We thought it was pretty crazy that they ALL wanted to be crowded together (for the most part) on the same floating dock, rather than spread out. It was a hoot seeing sea lions fall in and try to get back up, only to get knocked down or “aarf-ed” at!

Since my dad and I had a night out the night before (and mom and I had just done a weekend in Napa), my parents had their own date night and my sisters and I ventured down to Union Square for a “sisters night out.” Unfortunately the pictures that we took turned out a little blurry so I don’t have any to share. But we did have a blast on our dinner date and walking around the bustling shopping area!

Our last day in San Francisco was only a half day, but we made sure to pack it full of as much as we could! We hailed an Uber (which we did every day – so helpful!) and our driver offered to show us a couple of the awesome sights before we left the city. First up was Lombard Street (which was on our list to see)! We started at the bottom and after taking a photo, asked our driver to take us DOWN the crookedest street. What a cool experience!

Next up was a drive across the Golden Gate. Definitely a lot longer than you’d think! We wanted to stop in the little town of Sausalito just a short way away, but unfortunately due to our time limit, we weren’t able to. We’ll have to save that for next time!

Our final stop was at Mama’s on Washington Square. I had read raving reviews about this little brunch spot and was adamant on not leaving SF until we ate a meal here. Unfortunately, no reservations are taken, nor can you leave your name upon arriving. Instead you have to wait in line outside the building. We ended up waiting about an hour but the wait was SO worth it. I had the most amazing mimosa and homemade crumb cake (mom and I shared this), along with a traditional breakfast featuring some of San Fran’s famous sourdough bread. I could literally eat this every day!

I wish we had more time to spend in SF, but am thankful for the time that I had there, and that I was able to spend some quality time with my family.

Have you been to San Francisco? What was your favorite part?

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  • Heather Serra

    I love San Fran! My husband and I were there last June and rode down Lombard St. in a go-cart taxi. Awesome pics! Makes me wish we were back.

    • How fun! I wish we had time to hop on some of the cable cars. Hopefully next time – I can’t wait to get back either :)