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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. If you're looking for a hotel, try the Hotel Whitcomb.

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. Stay at the family-friend Laurel Inn.

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. It’s easy walking distance from the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

Read the entire post at Oyster Locals.

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

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