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San Francisco has A-list attractions, tons of fine dining establishments, and lots of stuff to do and see. With cool fog, hot attractions, neighborhoods to explore and cultures to experience, there’s always more to discover here. So it’s only fitting that you take Mom out for Mothers Day in the Golden Gate City. After all, think of all she’s done for you. She’s picked you up when you were down and out. She’s healed you when you were ill. She’s supported your every move and more. Now is the day to pay her back. Now is the time to show her that it all meant something, that it all still means something So take her for a one-of-a-kind Mothers Day outing in San Francisco. Make it a day she’ll never forget! Go exploring, hop on a Mother’s Day dinner cruise or hit up a brunch instead!

1. San Francisco Bay Dinner Cruise

Commodore Cruises and Events is happy to offer a Mothers Day Dinner Cruise for Moms and families of all types this Mothers Day. What could be better than gourmet cooking, fantastic wine, and spending time with family, all aboard a beautiful luxury yacht? Call 510.337.9000 for details and pricing, and to make reservations.

2. Mother’s Day Brunch

For Mother’s Day brunch in San Francisco, the buffets at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and Garden Court are sumptuous, if traditional, options. If you want to eat on the water, Hornblower Cruises has a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch and a Mother’s Day Dinner Dance.

3. Angel Island State Park

Angel Island, reached by ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (Blue & Gold Fleet) or from Tiburon (Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry), is ideal for family picnics with several picnic grounds around the island and views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito/Tiburon and SF Bay. Babies ride free on the island’s tram tours. Baby trailers are available on rental bikes (limited number) or guest may bring their own. The island perimeter road is “stroller-friendly.”

4. Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers hands-on creative play for babies and toddlers in its specially designed Tot Spot, exclusively for children under three. There’s plenty of beauty in the lily ponds filled with water; a waterfall, a splashable stream, and more. There’s even an exhibition that shows how animals in the wetlands and woodlands of the Bay Area have homes — just like their human counterparts. This is the perfect event for families and those with little kids! Mom will love to come and see her grandkids or younger kids enjoy their time! Call for any Mothers Day specials: (415) 339-3900.

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5. San Francisco Spa Day for Mom

Take the girls out to the spa for the day! Mom will love getting a mani/pedi, mud mask, oatmeal facial, cucumber eye treatment or other fantastic service, particularly if she’s joined by her daughters or granddaughters! Check out one of these famous San Fran spas for the day and call ahead for reservations and special coupons: Remede, Bliss, Nob Hill at the Huntington Hotel, or Osmosis.

6. Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

Take Mom on a one-of-a-kind tour of the famous San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf! Set amidst beautiful scenery like clear blue sky, salty crystal water, barking seals and more, the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf is one seriously serene and seriously fun place to go! Step out and experience the smell of salt in the air! Mom will love to snap some photos of the family and the scenery as well! Enjoy all the souvenir shops, fancy restaurants, sidewalk vendors and cafes and more!

7. San Francisco Botanical Garden

One of the best picnic spots in California and resting in a gigantic park by the Bay, the 55-acre arboretum and San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG, San Fran BG) specializes in plants from areas with climates similar to that of the Bay Area. A veritable labyrinth of over 8,000 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, the garden lays its sprawling acreage inside the gorgeous Strybing Arboretum. There are acres upon acres of sanctuary – landscaped gardens and open spaces – and so many varieties of plants from around the world it will make you dizzy! SFBG is spectacularly beautiful and very well-designed, too. It is a brilliantly organized place to walk, visit, or sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature away from the modern noise of the city. Take Mom and the whole family for a walk among resplendence in nature here and snap some photos, grab a coffee and wander around admiring the gorgeous flowers, plants and trees. Call ahead for any pricing specials or to see if they might be offering a Mothers Day tea or promotion.