Bridges, Redwoods & Alcatraz: San Francisco With Your Grandchild

A jailhouse that has stories to tell, bridges that stretch across the sparkling sea and the tallest trees on Earth! Discover these and more in the Bay Area with your grandchild.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21059RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,899 / ADULT
1,199 / CHILD

At a Glance

Climb aboard a classic cable car with your grandchild to explore the City by the Bay and the nature that surrounds it. Ride a ferry to Alcatraz Island to explore the famous jailhouse, and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the largest Chinatown in America. Walk across one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and tinker with some science experiments at the Exploratorium. Plus get outside the city to play amongst the foot of giant redwoods in Muir Woods and hike to a seaside lighthouse. Introduce your grandchild to this world-class city as you explore our favorite spots around San Francisco, making new friends along the way!
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to three miles at a time over varied terrain, including stairs. Extensive use of public transportation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike with a park ranger and cross a suspension bridge over the ocean to visit Point Bonita Lighthouse.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Academy of Sciences, where you’ll be transported into a rainforest, an earthquake and into a starry night sky!
  • Learn what life was like for fishermen through history on a ranger-led field trip to a historic sailing ship on Hyde Street Pier in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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John Martini
John Martini is a native San Franciscan and a life-long researcher into the history of California and the American West. He worked as a national park ranger for more than 25 years at parks around the country including Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, the National Maritime Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial, the Presidio of San Francisco, and Teddy Roosevelt's estate at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. For many years, John was stationed at the Marin Headlands District of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as a supervisory park ranger for interpretation and education. He completed his long career with the National Park Service at the Presidio of San Francisco where he served as curator of military history. He now works as an independent historian and consultant specializing in historical research, interpretation and preserving of cultural resources.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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