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Friday, April 16, 2010

Three Awesome San Francisco Playgrounds Near the Tourist Sights

Sometimes a kid just has to be a kid. After visiting San Francisco’s indoor museums and cultural attractions, head to the playground - preferably one near the attractions. Here are three awesome play areas near the tourist sights.

Alamo Square Playground (Steiner and Grove Streets): After checking out San Francisco’s famed Painted Ladies (the elaborately detailed and colorful Victorian houses), see a kid-size version at this Alamo Square play area. The architectural roofing elements carry over, with a wooden cupola and three different colored gables in a row. The kids will love the swings with a view, and the view? Well, just check out the photo above.

Golden Gate Park Children’s Playground (a.k.a. Koret Children’s Quarter) (Bowling Green Drive near MLK Jr Drive and Kezar): After visiting the California Academy of Science, let the kids run off their energy at this recently-renovated park staple. Good for kids large and small, it boasts a long, wavy cement slide (bring cardboard), a large sand area, a sculptural "surfing wave" to climb on, tons of grass, multiple play structures, and a web-like climbing formation.

Chinese Playground (Sacramento Street, between Kearny and Grant): Take a break from the knick-knack shops and the dim sum restaurants and head to this urban playground. The pagoda-roofed play structure makes you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore – you’re in Chinatown. Best for the younger set, this urban play area features a large sandbox, various slides and a wobbly wooden bridge.

Golden Gate Park photo by Freya.Gefn
Alamo Square photo by Jill Claridy

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