San Francisco has great street performers and most kids love to watch them. You'll find some of the best of them between Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf.
Pros and Cons of Going to Pier 39 with KidsChildren (and the adults) enjoy watching the Sea lions who have taken over the small marina beside the pier. It's a good place to get a bite to eat and when the kids are ready to "go," Pier 39 has free public restrooms.
On the downside, Pier 39 gets very crowded and noisy, especially during the summer, making it hard to navigate with active kids and strollers. Some people think Pier 39 is a tourist trap and according to the official definition, it probably is, created with the aim of attracting tourists and offering overpriced goods and services. This may be more of a turn-off to adults than to the kids, who tend to care less about such things than they do about having fun.
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See what it looks like before you go. Check out the image gallery.
See where it is on a map. It's the orange balloon with a black dot.