SFO Area for Families
Collected by John Sandstone
A short distance from the airport, South San Francisco offers unique ways to get out and soak up the California sun. Stroll in the small town of Burlingame, visit the Pacifica coastline, and enjoy panoramic views from Bernal Heights. Even on a layover you'll be able to get feel for the bay area.
200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038, USA
At any time of day this forest feels enchanted. As you walk along, what are now, well marked paths there are phases of to this coastal journey. Depicted is the cypress forest which leads north to the tide pools and south to Three Palm, which needs...
Downtown, San Mateo, CA, USA
All around the bay area you'll find local creativity expressed through street art. One of my favorite trends is knitting clothes for city objects– you'll find colorful scarves around bus stops, tassels on street signs and monster feet on...
333 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
A West Coast original, Steelhead is the place to go near the San Francisco Airport for an American brewpub experience. Their local brewmaster has crafted a selection of 10 beers on draft. Exposed bricks and high ceilings make the space perfect for...
214 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Close to SFO, the tiny two-room Pez museum is the kind of quirky pit-stop that's well worth a visit. Run by a passionate collector, the tour is full of fun facts that make parents nostalgic and kids hungry. You'll probably end up leaving with a...
Coyote Point, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA
Coyote Point local recreation area has all kinds of activities for friends and families—pack a picnic, got for a jog, stroll along the beach, checkout the saltwater marsh or watch shorebirds, boats and planes go by. Magic Mountain Playground,...
3400-3416 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Bernal Heights is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. It's a little off the beaten path, but on a clear day the park at the top of the hill offers an amazing view of the city and the bay. On a foggy day, the park feels like the...
1400 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
On the less busy end of this tiny main street is a gem of a grill. Specializing in 'apple-wood grilling' their fresh seafood and flavorful steaks are very popular. It's best to go at lunch when you can enjoy a table outside or evenings when they...
1170 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Walking past Preston's it's hard not to feel nostalgic for Willy Wonka-style sweets. For 60 years they have been candy-making, chocolate-dipping and ice-creaming here! Always fresh, on weekday mornings you can checkout their retro equipment hard...
833 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Delicious sweet treat with perfectly ripe fruit and slightly sweetened cheese. Take your treats and sit on a bench to watch the locals stroll by or head up to the top of Bernall Hill with a view of San Francisco to the East Bay.
1395 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
The Plant is delicious as well as 100% organic and local! When in SFO this is my go-to place for a pre-trip, feel-good snack and I was thrilled to hear they've opened a new shop in Burlingame! With a cozy front lounge and large dining room it's a...
327 Lorton Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
This shop has adorable baby gear, clothes and gifts. I had never heard the term 'baby couture' before, and I'm typically not one for swanky kid's clothes, but most of their stuff is made to last. An intact momento—blanket, onesie, or those...
1400 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
David's tea is an unexpected gem—even if it is a Canadian chain, I’d rank it among my favorites. Unlike predictably cluttered tearooms, David’s color-coded canisters, high ceilings and white walls make the shop modern. With genuine enthusiasm and...
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