Last month Michael, Jude, Ruby & I had one of our best days adventuring together. If you noticed Ozzy’s name was missing, that isn’t an error – we left him with his Aunt & Uncle since you know, toddler.
San Francisco is my favorite city in the whole world. Since we live about 1.5 hours from SF, we visit as often as our schedules allow. Our time together is limited due to 2 busy working parents, school and life. So we decided to try to maximize our time together by trying a different route of travel with this trip, using MegaBus.com.
If you haven’t heard of MegaBus.com, it is awesome. The bus has two levels, free wi-fi, bathrooms and awesome table-seating options. The kids LOVED it.
You can also download the Megabus RIDE app on your laptop, tablets or mobile devices to choose from dozens of movies, television shows, games, music and more while riding in California.
Riders can enjoy 30 movies, 10 hours of TV shows, 50 audio books/albums and 5 games – all for free. I really liked that we didn’t have to worry about driving, and the normal 3 hours there and back we’d normally have to spend focusing on driving, traffic and stopping to pee was used to spend more time together. We taught the kids how to play Uno for the first time, it was a blast.
Upon arriving in SF, we were pretty hungry so we took the kids to one of our favorite spots, the Ferry Building. It’s full of modern, artisan restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, stores, etc. I especially liked taking the kids there because we didn’t all have to agree on one restaurant to eat from. We can grab whatever we feel like, then come together to sit and eat.
My little Cupcake Wars addicts liked Miette Patisserie the best.
After we were full from lunchtime goodness, we took Lyft over to the Aquarium of the Bay. I’ve actually never been here over my lifetime of visits to SF, so I figured it was time. The kids LOVED this place and have been talking about it ever since. Our favorite parts were the touch pool (where you can feel stingrays, etc) and watching the River Otters get fed (and do tricks, omg so cute). It’s not a very large aquarium, we only spent about 1.5-2 hours there total. It is however conveniently located adjacent to famous Pier 39, so we got to walk through there and see the shops & Sea Lions. It was raining heavily this day so we were a lot more limited on walking than we usually are, but we made the best of it.
We hadn’t planned on it, but while at Pier 39, I realized that Rainforest Cafe was just right down the street and knew the kiddos would love that place. It’s not the best food (especially in a city like San Francisco where you can dine at some of the best restaurants in the world) but it is super fun for kids.
Last stop of the day for us was to the amazing (and free) Musée Mécanique, which is one of the world’s largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!) Located on Pier 45 at the foot of Taylor Street in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Free Admission Every Day! Michael and I have come here tons of times over the years but it was so much more fun with the kiddos.
If you want to see more of our adventure, check out this video.
What are your favorite spots to hit when traveling in San Francisco with your family? I’d love recommendations for our next trip.
Thank you MegaBus for providing us with comped tickets in exchange for feature in this post.