San Francisco Bound: Your Gateway to Cable Cars, Culture, and the Golden Gate on School Trips!
Plan Your Next Student Trip to San Francisco
San Francisco is about as beautiful as any city could ever be. Everyone knows that you have to ride the cable cars at least once, and everyone recognizes the Golden Gate Bridge, but there’s far more to do and enjoy in San Francisco. By itself, Golden Gate Park boasts over 1,000 acres and two major museums. You could spend days just experiencing the park, and you’d barely scratch the surface of what you can experience. If your school trip is all about science, then you’ll be excited to visit the Aquarium of the Bay and the California Academy of Sciences. If you prefer student tours that are a bit more hands-on, you can check out the Exploratorium or you can discover modern art in the de Young Museum. Whatever your interests, San Francisco has something wonderful to explore.
This beautiful “city by the bay” is a perfect destination for your student trip. In San Francisco, as you view the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge from the top of the city, you will soon understand how it is one of the world’s best natural harbors. As you zigzag your way down Lombard Street, your group will enjoy the Victorian and modern architecture of neighborhoods. You can’t come to town without taking a ride on a cable car, the world’s last manually operated cable car system. This school trip is not complete, of course, until you visit Fisherman’s Warf and Alcatraz.
While on your student tour, you and your kids may see:
Alcatraz Island is located in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. From 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz housed America’s most difficult and dangerous felons. No inmate has ever successfully escaped “The Rock,” the prison’s nickname, but there had been more than a dozen known attempts. This tour of Alcatraz is truly a highlight during your student trip to S.F. Your group will take a cruise from Fisherman’s Warf to The Rock. Once on the island, you will take a tour of the prison, sit in the cells, and see several exhibits. Your group will also learn about prisoners and famous attempted escapes
Aquarium of the Bay »
Located at Fisherman’s Warf, the Aquarium has over 50 sharks from species such as Sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, soupfins, spiny dogfish, and many more. The Aquarium also has skates, bat rays and thousands of other animals including eels, flatfish, rockfish, Wrasse, Gobies, Kelpfish, Pricklebacks, Ronquil, Sculpin and Sturgeons. Under the Bay is the aquarium’s largest exhibit. It includes 300 feet of tunnels and features thousands of aquatic animals and other sea creatures.
Cable Cars »
While on your school trip to San Francisco, you must take your kids on cable car ride. This cable car system is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. The S.F. cable car system first started in 1873 and had a quick decline due to the popularity of trains and buses. The cable cars are an icon of San Francisco and are the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
Coit Tower and Murals »
Coit Tower is a 210 foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood and is always a part of the view of the San Francisco skyline. The tower was built in 1933 in an effort to enhance the beauty of San Francisco. During your student tour of S.F. you will ride up to Telegraph Hill and enjoy the stunning view of the San Francisco waterfront. Inside the tower lobby, the kids will view the famous murals that were painted in 1934 by 25 artists. These paintings are thought to be one of California’s best examples of depression-era public art.
Fisherman's Wharf »
Fisherman’s Wharf is another great stop on your student travel experience to San Francisco. Originally the area for fisherman fishing for the Dungeness crabs, this area on the bay was redeveloped in the ‘70s and ‘80s. While Fisherman’s Wharf still remains the home of San Francisco’s fishing fleet, it now has great restaurants, access to the cable cars, terrific shopping, boarding historical ships at Hyde Street Pier and much much more
Golden Gate Bridge »
The Golden Gate Bridge is the famous red suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean, and links San Francisco to Marin County. This well-known bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World. The Bridge Pavilion provides orientation and information of the bridge and houses many exhibits
Lombard Street »
Lombard Street is another favorite stop on student tours of S.F. Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill, in which the road has eight sharp turns that have earned the street the distinction of being the most winding street in the world. The design was started in 1922 to lessen the hill’s natural 27% grade, which was way too steep for vehicles and walkers. Your students will love to walk down this ¼ mile crooked street.
Muir Woods National Monument »
When taking a school trip to San Francisco, you should consider taking a tour of Muir Woods. Located just outside the city, a visit to Muir Woods will change the pace of your tour as your students will explore this middle aged Redwood forest. Owned and preserved by the National Parks, your group will walk through the forest and see the tallest tree, which stands 255 feet tall. Your kids will also learn of the root system, the history of this great park and much more.
Sausalito / Tiburon »
Only eight miles north of San Francisco, across the bay, is the small town of Sausalito. Sausalito is compared to several European oceanside towns. Sausalito has great stores and restaurants with a great view of the marina. A little further north of Sausalito is Tiburon, another charming town. Tiburon has unique shops, boutiques, galleries, and offers great views of San Francisco.
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