The Best Free Things to do in Northern California with Kids

Get ready to plan your next family vacation or family weekend to Northern California. Kids will especially enjoy all of these destinations and activities.

A fun itinerary of Northern California’s most popular sites does not have to break the bank.

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.

Ruins of Sutro Baths

Once the world’s largest public saltwater indoor swimming complex, the eerie concrete ruins of Sutro Baths are a must-see.

Glass Beach in Fort Bragg

Kids will love the beaches amazing tide pools. The beautifully unique beach gets its name from the smooth colorful glass pieces found all along the beach.

Redwoods off Highway 128

Before getting to the 11-mile long redwood tunnel, Highway 128 takes you through wine country with some wonderful kid-friendly places to eat. A perfect day trip for foodies.

Gardens at Lake Merritt

Themed gardens include an edible garden, the Japanese garden, sensory garden, bonsai garden, and more. These beautiful and unique gardens are sure to appeal to any age.

King’s Beach in Tahoe

It is known as the warmest swimming area on the Lake and a favorite in the North Tahoe area. There is also a playground for the kids to enjoy that overlooks the water.

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