Q: My son (12), mom, and I are heading to San Francisco next week. I’d love to get outside and catch some California sunshine, but not sure how accessible activities are with all the steep streets. Have you tried biking in San Fran before? Thanks! ~ CM
A: Hi CM! I was lucky enough to take my now 12-year-old son Aidan to San Francisco last summer as part of Adventures by Disney’s long weekend in the Bay Area. We had a blast, and one of the highlights was biking with Blazing Saddles.
Blazing Saddles has seven locations, all but one of which are around the Fisherman’s Wharf area, which is where you want to be (the last one is near Union Square).
There’s a bike path near the Wharf that starts at Fort Mason and goes all the way to Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. This ride took my group, which contained lots of kids and even a tandem bike with a dad and daughter, around an hour. We stopped at the Palace of Fine Arts for a photo op, and followed Crissy Field, a surprisingly flat and sandy park along the bay.
Although we didn’t bike across the bridge, you can do that and then return by ferry from Sausalito.
We had to walk our bikes a few times for especially steep climbs and drops, but for the most part, the route is flat.
There’s an info center/gift shop/photo op at Fort Point, which is a great place to buy San Fran souvenirs.
Bike rentals start at $8 an hour for a comfortable mountain bike. The main rental center, at 2715 Hyde Street, has plenty of kids bikes ($20 per day), as well as tandems and tag-a-longs for kids of all sizes. Blazing Saddles has an app with itineraries and maps, and also offers guided tours that depart twice a day from Hyde Street at 10 am and 1pm ($55 for adults and $35 for kids, which includes the bike rental).
Have a great trip!
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