Things to Do with Kids on The PIER

Fun for All Ages at PIER 39

School’s out; The PIER’s in session! PIER 39 is your one-stop summer destination for fun for the whole family. The PIER offers numerous attractions that you and your kids will love (and be begging to come back next weekend)! 

Want to experience an epic SF adventure without leaving your seat? Soar to new heights on The Flyer! Experience a giant, 50-foot wrap-around screen, motion seats, and wind effects that are more immersive than any VR you’ve ever experienced. Enjoy an adrenaline rush as you fly through iconic San Francisco landmarks such as Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and the Redwood National Forest! 

If you’re interested in more thrilling rides that allow you to explore SF’s iconic sites, checkout our Summer on the Bay page! 

Want something classic and timeless? The hand-painted Venetian Carousel is the perfect photo op and option for kids of all ages. You can hop on your favorite animal that floats up and down, take a twirl in the spinning cup, or sit back and relax on a non-moving bench. 

If you have an adrenaline junkie on your hands, put The Plunge on your to-do list. The Bay Plunge rotates riders while sending them 40 feet up into the air. You can briefly enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay before you are plummeted back down to earth. Just as riders are about to catch their breath – and their stomach – they are shot skyward toward the top of the spire once again. 

Need more mystery? Put your wits to the test and challenge your family to uncover clues at PIER 39’s Escape Room! You can choose from an Alcatraz-inspired prison break or San Francisco Prohibition era inspired escape room. Discover evidence, uncover secret rooms, and see if you have what it takes to escape! 

Want to mix marine life education with immersive fun? Come face-to-fin with sharks, jellyfish, and stingrays at Aquarium of the Bay. Discover the effects of plastic pollution and animal habitat loss through educational exhibits and explore underwater tunnels and transparent touch pools. Check out the Aquarium of the Bay website for special family ticket bundles! 

For a trippy, visual stunning experience, Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze takes you to another dimension. Come get lost in a maze of mirrors and colorful lights. Find your way through a labyrinth of endless mirrors, while being met with endless reflections of yourself. 

Can’t get enough of the action? PIER 39’s 7D Experience combines the video game experience with a virtual roller coaster to create an interactive challenge equipped with motion seats, special effects, and blasters! You’ll be immersed in another dimension as you compete with other riders to take down a variety of virtual enemies! Put your skills to the test and see who in your family can earn the top score.