San Francisco: Family Fun in the City By the Bay
From the Academy of Sciences to Alcatraz, from cable cars to the Golden Gate Bridge, learn about the best of San Francisco with your family.
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Program No. 21961RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Spend an iconic week in the City by the Bay. Take a ferry boat ride to Alcatraz Island and explore the infamous jailhouse. Walk across one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Be transfixed by the beauty of towering redwood trees in Muir Woods. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of Chinatown, the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Expand your scientific knowledge through hands-on tinkering at the Exploratorium. Rumble through the streets of San Francisco on a historic cable car. By week’s end, you will know why Tony Bennett and millions of other visitors leave their hearts in every American’s second hometown, San Francisco.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to three miles over varied terrain, stairs. Extensive use of public transit.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A behind-the-scenes exploration of the Academy of Sciences includes express entry into the planetarium, rainforest, living roof and earthquake simulator.
  • Hike to Point Bonita in the Marin Headlands on a ranger-led visit of the only lighthouse in the country accessible via suspension bridge.
  • Learn what life was like for seamen of yore on a ranger-led field trip to a historic sailing ship on Hyde Street Pier in Fisherman’s Wharf.

General Notes

This is a family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 12 and up.
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James Dalessandro
James Dalessandro has written more than 20 feature film and television scripts, including the movie adaptation of his best selling novel, “1906,” for Warner Brothers, and the Hallmark movie, “Citizen Jane,” based on his true crime book. He is the writer and director of the award- winning documentary film, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and the writer and executive producer of, “Petrosino,” an upcoming 10-hour mini series based on his Playboy article and upcoming book. He is the principal Road Scholar lecturer in his adopted home of San Francisco where he screens, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and lectures on subjects ranging from the founding of San Francisco the Transcontinental Railroad, Old Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge to the history of its artists: Mark Twain, Jack London, Isadora Duncan and the Beat Generation.

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

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