When we headed to San Francisco there was one day trip that we knew we just had to do, a must when visiting San Francisco with kids – visit Muir Woods National Monument! We love a National park and Muir Woods are so familiar having been seen on so many films and television programmes I had really high expectations of the place and I can safely say neither me or the toddler were disappointed with our visit. Here we round up all the essential information you need to have a successful visit to Muir Woods with kids!
What you need to know about visiting Muir Woods with Kids
When we visited Muir Woods we arrived just as a new reservations systems was introduced. To counter act the business of the park there is now a parking reservation and shuttle bus service available. To book your reservation visit GoMuirWoods.com or call 1-800-410-2419.
Please note that there is no wifi or service at the park so reservations need to be made in advance otherwise you are driving back to the town to be able to make the reservation.
We were lucky to be visiting early in the day and in the off season so we got parking right near the entrance to the park but I have since heard that the shuttle is very well organized and ok to use with kids!
Entrance fees to the park are 10USd. Kids go free!
What to see at Muir Woods National Monument
The main attraction of the Muir Woods National Monument are the Sequoia Sempervirens aka the enormous Redwoods! They are the largest living things on earth and they are simply breathtaking! They look like they go on together and you will find yourself looking at the sky the whole walk round!
Near the entrance of the park there is a cut through tree which is a great thing to show kids to show the circles and dating method of the trees!
There are several paths within the woods and the site has about 6 miles of trails. As we were traveling with a toddler we decided to take some of the easier boardwalk paths! This was perfect as there were several bridges that meant you could do an easy loop of the park! The boardwalks also meant that it would have been possible to do with a stroller!
If traveling with kids in the morning make sure you bring layers and if traveling in summer be sure to bring sun screen!
Facilities at Muir Woods National Monument
Near the entrance to Muir Woods there is a visitors centre and cafe. We liked the fact that the food at the cafe seemed to have a lot of organic credentials! While the gift shop had lots of great souvenirs and gifts!
Overall: Muir Woods should be on any San Francisco itinerary when traveling with kids!
Have you been to Muir Woods? What are your top tips?