Take ferry into city for great day trip
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By Bill Hanson  July 4, 2014 12:00 am

Day trips with the kids are plentiful for North Bay residents. One excellent trip is a ferry ride to San Francisco from the Larkspur Ferry Center.

Just the ride is worth the price of admission. Outside the Ferry Building, on the Embarcadero, the public transportation opportunities are many. Or you can walk a few blocks over to California Street to catch the cable car to China Town – kids love the exotic sights and sounds there. The IMAX Theater is only a few blocks up Market then a left on Fourth. 

If you decide to ride the ferry, be sure to time your trips to miss the workday commutes.

Golden Gate Park offers so many options for young and old, it is hard to pick just one. For most kids, there is the Koret Children’s Center, slides, a carousel and other fun stuff…much of it is free. Also in GG Park is the De Young museum, the Aquarium and the Academy of Science, captivating for all ages. Visit: www.sfrecpark.org for maps, events and other details. Just over an hour drive from home is the (new) San

Francisco Zoo. Go to their web site for hours, fees and special event schedules (www.sfzoo.org).  Daily feeding at the lion enclosure is heart stopping. There is also the carousel, slides and lots of food to enjoy. In a recent posting the giraffes are hosting an open house. Wouldn’t that be high tea?

Another SF side trip is Ghirardelli Square, the place that makes chocolate. Close by is the Carousel Museum, a collection of carousel art that is world class. Other tried and true visits to the city might include a drive down Lombard Street and Coit Tower. It may be that your children have never been, so what a hoot to experience the City with them.

M.O.M.S. in Rohnert Park

Last weekend the Mothers of Military Service-members (M.O.M.S.) set up a table in Rohnert Park to promote their well-organized support of our troops. Regardless of your political slant, our troops appreciate your support. There will be several ways to participate – collection and sorting of donations, helping to package and ship the boxes and outright cash donations. Over the years, the response from returning service members that were recipients of the M.O.M.S. packages say  they were touched by the heartfelt intent. 

Go to: www.moms-sonomacounty.org to learn more and find how you can help.


Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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