My kids are always unusually quiet during a ride to the Exploratorium because there’s just so much to see. My youngest loves to point out all the flags along the way. I like the very easy bike parking. Getting to the Exploratorium takes a long time no matter how you get there, so I also like that I can actually enjoy the trip and feel in control of how much time it’ll take to get to and from home. No surprises, guaranteed seat, lots to see. Plus no matter how early we leave, it’s always nap city on the bike on the way home.
Destinations: Exploratorium, San Francisco Day School, Creative Arts Charter, Raymond Kimbell Playground, Hamilton Rec Center, Japantown, Alta Plaza Park, Lafayette Park, Portsmouth Square Plaza, North Beach shopping and dining, Chinatown, Sydney G. Walton Square, Cable Cars.
Family Friendly Wiggle: Golden Gate Avenue – Baker Street – McAllister Street – Steiner Street – Clay Street – Webster Street – Pacific Avenue – Powell Street – Jackson Street – Front Street – Green Street – Cross the Embarcadero to fun!
Feels: Calm to go go go urban patchwork of never sleepy neighborhoods. You should expect a more hectic street experience through North Beach and Chinatown, particularly during rush hours, Saturdays and evenings (though still far less hectic than most other streets in the area). Electric assist a must.
On Time: 25 minutes from USF to the Exploratorium.