The Best Free Things to do in Northern California with Kids

There are so many things to do and see in Northern California. However, travel in California, can be a little on the pricey side.

Even locals are always on the lookout for inexpensive or free things to do around Northern California. Thankfully, there are plenty of free things to do in Northern California for a budget-friendly getaway.

Golden Gate Park

The iconic Golden Gate Park has something for everyone. Made up of over 1,000 acres of stunning parkland, a fantastic place to enjoy nature or enjoy a picnic.

Conservatory of Flowers

There are over 1,700 species of plants, including a beautiful collection of rare orchids. Public Tours are available most days at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.

de Young Museum

The landmark art museum showcases American art from the 17th to the 20th century as well as many different textile arts. You can also find artworks from Africa and Oceania.

Stow Lake

Take a hike to the Strawberry Hill summit, the highest point of the park for breathtaking 360-degree views.

Ruins of Sutro Baths

Built in 1896, the once magnificent tide-fed bathing house was filled with amusement facilities such as slides and trampolines, as well as curios from the builder's travels.

Trails in Presidio National Park

The Presidio National Park has an extensive hiking trail network with over 24 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Each trail offers different scenic overlooks.

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