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Complete Guide to Transit in San Francisco

The city of San Francisco, California is one of the most transit-friendly in the United States, if you know how to use the variety of transportation options available to navigate the famous hills. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 15 years, so it’s fair to say I’ve taken pretty much every option, from cable …

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24 Hours in San Francisco: The Perfect 1 Day Itinerary for Families

San Francisco is certainly a destination worthy of a week or more. As a local in the Bay Area, I always recommend that visitors come and stay awhile, taking a few day trips around Northern California on a longer vacation. But sometimes you just don’t have the time. Luckily, there is so much than can …

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Top 12 Kid-Friendly Day Trips Near San Francisco

Whether you are a local or a tourist, the city of San Francisco has dozens of family-friendly activities and events to keep you busy. But sometimes it’s great to get out of the city and explore more of the greater Bay Area and Northern California. If you have young kids like I do, day trips …

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Gilroy Gardens Review: The Best Little Theme Park You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

A little over an hour away from San Francisco and about 20 miles south of San Jose is the town of Gilroy, California. It is probably best known for its agriculture – in particular, its garlic. Gilroy plays host to an annual summer garlic festival that draws serious crowds. But Gilroy has another attraction that is …

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Oakland A’s Games with Kids: Your Family-Friendly Baseball Guide

Thanks to the Oakland A’s for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Spring is finally here and that means it’s time for America’s favorite past-time – baseball! My family’s love of our hometown team, the Oakland Athletics – more affectionately known as the A’s – runs pretty deep. My husband grew up in …

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SFO Airport Guide: Tips for Navigating San Francisco Airport with Kids

One of the biggest challenges of traveling with kids is navigating through large airports. Each airport is laid out differently, has different amenities, and presents different challenges when it comes to traveling with kids. Wouldn’t it be great to know what to expect at different airports all over the country before you travel with your …

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California’s Great America WinterFest: Holiday Theme Park Family Fun

Special holiday events have become increasingly popular at amusement parks across the country. My home theme park in Northern California – California’s Great America in Santa Clara – has joined the ranks of celebrating the winter season with a special event of its own. The park’s holiday celebration, WinterFest at Great America, is only in …

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Great Pumpkin Fest at California’s Great America: Tips for Fall Family Visits

Editor’s Note (September 2022): The Great Pumpkin Fest at California’s Great America has now been retired. But good news – it has been replaced by an even bigger and better family-friendly Halloween event in 2022. See my guide to the brand new Tricks and Treats Halloween event at California’s Great America for all the details …

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50 Things to Do in Oakland with Kids

Take it from a California local. San Francisco may get all the glory but the East Bay is the place to be for families. Cheaper prices, warmer weather, and more kid-friendly attractions is why many families like mine have chosen Oakland, Berkeley, and the surrounding Northern California towns to raise a family. I call the …

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