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Photo Fave: San Francisco’s most beautiful beach to visit with kids (or without)

The sand beach and picnic area at Crissy Field, San Francisco. I just wrapped up a fantastic week where I got to play host to out-of-town and out-of-country guests, sharing with them many of my favorite places to take the kids in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Let me tell you, we put some…

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Worthy Website: "Bay Area on the Cheap" for budget travel to San Francisco

When I recently discovered www.bayareaonthecheap.com, I knew this site could have as much value to those of you planning family travel to San Francisco and the Bay Area as it could for those of us calling it home. This comprehensive site is a great first stop to find coupons and special deals on everything from…

Go Dutch in Golden Gate Park with a visit to Queen Wilhelmina’s Windmill
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Go Dutch in Golden Gate Park with a visit to Queen Wilhelmina’s Windmill

Few visitors make it to the west-most edge of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, but those who do are often startled by the sight of this enormous windmill facing onto the Pacific. Queen Wilhelmina’s Windmill is one of two enormous windmills that were built in 1902 to help bring water into Golden Gate Park and…

Fort Funston for Free Family Fun in San Francisco

South of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, where the sandy bluffs are macraméed with blooming succulent, you’ll find one of the West Coast’s best venues for hang gliding—say nothing of dog watching. Welcome to Fort Funston. It’s hard to imagine a more suitable name for this former military outpost, where hang gliders dazzle hikers, dog walkers,…

To the Lighthouse: Point Bonita
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To the Lighthouse: Point Bonita

This post is part of my “Cheap and Free San Francisco” series. As you drive north across the Golden Gate bridge, leaving San Francisco on Highway 101, you will see the rugged Marin Headlands stretching into the pacific. At the west-most point sits the Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855 to help ships filled with…