Not much halts a determined child from getting wet when she sets her mind to it. And anyone who has dipped a pinky toe in the Bay knows that you probably don’t want Little Miss [insert whining here] I Wanna Swim wading around in the icy waters. But if she has to, I mean, really has to, your future wind surfer will be eternally grateful for a trip to Crissy Field beach.
Sans the massive waves of Ocean Beach, kids (dressed in wetsuits) can jump right in without a fear of getting careened by whitewater. When the kiddos tire of sand castle building, take the bike/walking trail to the Warming Hut for Let’s Be Frank hot dogs, hot cocoa, and clean-ish toilets.
If the thought of your child mixing fluids with the gritty bay grosses you out, this green space is also a prime choice for soccer games, Frisbee, biking, or picnicking with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Crissy Field boasts prime viewing area for 4th of July fireworks and the Blue Angels extravaganza in October (bring noise cancellation headphones for you as well as Junior).
For San Francisco, there is ample parking—just watch out for tourist bikers looking at their GPS systems and not the roads.
Muni: 28, 29, 43.