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Citypass or Do-it-yourself

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Citypass or Do-it-yourself

Hi all

our family of 2 adults and 4 boys (10, 8, 6, 3) are going to be in San Francisco in September for a 4 night stay from Thursday to Monday. We have planned to go to a Giants Game on the Friday night and would like to go to the Farmers Markets on Saturday, but otherwise have no concrete plans. We have been to Alcatraz before so do not wish to do that again, and past trip was pre-kids, so this trip will have very different needs.

What I would like to know is if you think we should get a San Fran Citypass or just make our own plans and if so what do you think are must dos with children our boys ages.

If we got a Citypass, we would definitely use the Cable car pass, probably the Exploratorium, the harbour cruise and the Academy of Science, and we will use the Monterey Aquarium as we are going to Monterey after San Fran. We are just wondering if maybe we would be too busy and should just do a bit more wandering around???

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

FYI we will be staying in Union Square area.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Citypass or Do-it-yourself

You can buy Muni passes without getting the City Pass.

If you are really going to do all those activities a City Pass would be worthwhile. But if you're on the fence about your schedule and think you might not, then it won't. I can't really advise whether you should formulate a strict itinerary or allow more flexibility -- you know your family best. The things you've listed are good activities for kids and ones most enjoy.

From the Exploratorium to the Bay Cruise is not a long distance and would be an enjoyable walk. The Academy of Sciences is in Golden Gate Park which is worth a visit as well. While there, walk across the concourse to the de Young museum and go up to the observation deck of the tower -- it's free and has good views (and the floors are Sydney Blue Eucalyptus).

With the time you have these things can be scheduled easily while still allowing for spontaneous exploring.

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I'll just add that you should be sure & do the math on the children's Citypass. My memory is that given lower prices on children's admissions for many of the attractions the savings are not as great/"easy" with a children's Citypass.

My rule of thumb (with an adult priced Citypass) is that if you do about 1/2 of the attractions offered on a Citypass you basically break even (or come so close as to not matter). When you start doing more than half is when the savings really kick in and, if you do everything, the savings can be significant. It is worth noting that this is predicated on the idea that the 7-day MUNI Passport portion of the Citypass stands on it's own at face (separate purchase) value.

You also might want to search the forum for "Citypass" as it is a semi-regular topic and you'll find a good number of threads discussing the various pros & cons, intangible benefits, etc.

Hope this helps,

hlo

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I agree with Sal. If you are doing all the events you will find Citypass to be useful. There is a list of things to do with kids in the Top Questions.

Other things to do besides the GG park are the Fire Engine tours, Checking out Crissy field on a weekend -- more fun imho for kids than the Farmer's market. Close to Union Square and in front of the Moscone center is the Yerba Buena park with a museum and a ice staking rink and a bowling alley.

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Another "kid" thought, Cable Car Museum. Certainly an only in SF and it's free! Not too large that it takes much time and among other things you get to see the "inner workings" of the system (the actual cables & the motors that drive them).

Maybe more kid activities later,

hlo

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