Visiting Muir Woods with Kids

Visiting Muir Woods with Kids

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

Visiting Muir Woods with Kids

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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 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

Visiting Muir Woods with Kids

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!

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Visiting Muir Woods with Kids

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!

Looking for more outdoor adventure in California? Then why not road trip to Yosemite?

Have you been to Muir Woods? What are your top tips?


  1. August 22, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Great pictures! I didn’t know about the new reservation system, thanks for the info.

    • August 22, 2018 / 11:06 am

      You are welcome – any questions happily answered

  2. September 1, 2018 / 8:58 am

    San Francisco is very much on my bucket list – but this was a side to it I wasn’t expecting! Those redwoods look amazing! I’ll definitely save it for later! #fearlessfamtrav

  3. September 1, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Hi, this is such a nice poste. I will ensure we will visit this place next year. Thank you for sharing .

  4. September 1, 2018 / 11:12 am

    We have good friends who moved from London to San Fran and we need to visit soon – thanks for putting Muir Woods on our radar! #fearlessfamtrav

  5. September 1, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    A stroller-friendly hike in the woods…what could be more perfect!! #fearlessfamtrav

  6. September 1, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    This looks like a good place to get out of the city and for little ones to have a run around #fearlessfamtrav

  7. September 2, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    we just went to san fran last year and skipped this… I know! So much to do. need to get back obviously! i love this part of California. I spent 3 summers out this way and always long to get back.

  8. September 3, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Ive not heard of Muir Woods. It looks lovely. Redwoods are amazing, I’ll definitely bear this is mind next tine I’m in California. #Fearlessfamtrav

  9. September 5, 2018 / 6:46 am

    I am a huge fan of John Muir but didn’t know he had some woods named after him!!! You learn something every day. #fearlessfamtrav

  10. September 6, 2018 / 7:52 am

    We visited San Francisco last year but ran out of time to get to Muir Woods – it looks fantastic! We were lucky to see the redwoods south of San Fran at Big Basin State Park near San Jose. They are such beautiful trees. #fearlessfamtrav

  11. Maggie
    September 6, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    So beautiful! We haven’t been to Muir Woods in ages, but this post makes me want to return ASAP. The trees just make it seem like a magical place for kids. #fearlessfamtrav

  12. September 7, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    We’re hoping to get to San Francisco this October half term so this post is very timely! #fearlessfamtrav

  13. September 8, 2018 / 11:29 am

    We’ve been to Muir Woods, but it’s been years. I had no idea about the parking reservations. That’s good to know. Our kids loved all the paths and my hubby and I loved the serenity and beauty of the park. It can be so peaceful and magical, until the kids come running by, of course 😄

  14. September 8, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    I’m so embarrassed to admit that I’ve never heard of this place! But woodlands are always a winner with my boys! #fearlessfamtrav

  15. September 30, 2018 / 9:54 am

    It sounds like a fab wood to visit. I’d love to go and see the Redwoods one day. I bet they need to be seen to be believed! #fearlessfamtrav

  16. October 2, 2018 / 8:46 am

    So gorgeous! Would you believe that I’ve lived in California half my life and never been?

    • October 2, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Gosh you should definitely rectify that it is so lovely

  17. October 3, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    These woods look beautiful and I do love a board walk path! Really handy practical tips too, thank you!

  18. January 9, 2019 / 10:58 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing. How far outside San Francisco is Muir Woods? Do you need to rent a car or are there also busses running from SF? Am heading over in March and would love to do a day trip to one of the Nationals Parks, so for sure will check this one out.

    • January 12, 2019 / 5:57 pm

      It’s a car ride but I think there are public transport options too! If you do drive yourself you need to make sure you prebook your parking!

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