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Many places offer whale-watching excursions that are fun for the whole family. Head to areas such as the Monterey Peninsula and San Francisco if your kids' goal is to get out to sea to see some migrating Humpback whales.
Also, in San Francisco, one place that is notoriously popular for kids and for adults is a trip out to the now defunct prison on Alcatraz Island. More than one tourist operator located around San Francisco, particularly around the Fisherman's Wharf area, offers all sorts of tours out to Alcatraz, ranging from the standard tour to a specifically-tailored ghost tour of the island, that's sure to spook kids out of their boots! There's also a Ripley's Believe it Or Not, a wax museum, and lots of ships and submarines to investigate.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is another great place to take the kids. There are lots of concerts, rides, and arcades here that are sure to keep the kids happy.
Family Vacation Ideas in San Francisco Bay Area, Carmel, Napa Valley, Central California Coast