Fisherman's Wharf is the most family-oriented place in San Francisco and contains the highest concentration of activities for families with children.
Some popular activities for kids are visiting the Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39, or eating world famous Ghirardelli chocolate and hot fudge sundaes at Ghirardelli Square. Kids also love Madame Tussauds', Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and taking the ferry to Alcatraz to get a taste of what life was like on "The Rock."
They will be in awe at the Musee Mechanique, a free attraction and the world's largest privately-owned collection of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines.
Another hit with the kids is touring and exploring the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien and the submarine the USS Pampanito.
There are free performances for kids daily on the Center Stage at PIER 39 which is close to one of every kid's (and grownups too) favorite things about Fisherman's Wharf, the sea lions.