Are you planning on spending Mothers Day in San Francisco this year? Here you will discover some top places for brunch, where to take your mom shopping and other ideas to make the day extra special.
This year, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
You will find dozens of great places to take your mom to brunch on Mother's Day. Some of my favorites include Mama's in North Beach, Dottie's True Blue Cafe near Union Square and Brenda's French Soul Food in the Tenderloin.
You can also find more elegant options such as the Cliff House or the Palace Hotel.
Treat your mom on her special day with one of these Mother's Day cruises.
Here are some other ideas for Mothers Day in San Francisco.
Head over to the Orpheum Theater on Mother's Day to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. This classic performance offers colorful characters and lovely costumes. The show starts at 2pm.
Tickets: On sale now
Hop aboard a Red & White Fleet ferry for a 60-minute ride around the SF Bay. This cruise offers wonderful view of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You also ride under the Golden Gate Bridge, twice! It's a fun way to spoil your mom this Mother's Day Weekend. Cruises run all day between 10am and 5pm.
Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off
Are you looking for something a little different? How about celebrating Mother's Day as you cruise through Golden Gate Park on a Segway. This 2.5 hour tour takes you past many of the key attractions on the eastern side of the park. You'll learn about the park's history, interesting gardens and beautiful museums. You'll also start with a great training session to make sure you are comfortable with your Segway before you get started.
Head over to the War Memorial Opera House to catch the San Francisco Ballet Company's final performance of the season: Onegin. This family-friendly performance starts at 2pm and lasts for just over two hours.
Tickets: On sale now
More Info on the Ballet: Tips to Attend a Performance
Every Sunday, the SF Public Library offers a number of free walking tours around the city. They range from a stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge to a look inside the famous Haight Ashbury District. All last around 2 hours and all are given by local experts.
Learn More: Sunday schedule of walking tours
You will also find quite a few comedy shows scheduled for Mother's Day. One of the most popular is Beach Blanket Babylon. Every Sunday, there are two shows. Both shows are now family-friendly where no alcohol is served and the routine is cleaned up for kids. They run at 2pm and 5pm.
Learn More: Show overview & FAQs
The day before the holiday treat your mom to a San Francisco Giants baseball game. Thursday - Sunday, the Giants take on the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.
Learn More: Full Schedule & Tips to Attend a Game
Shopping on Mother's Day is always a hit in my family and the city has several shopping options. You can either head down to Fisherman's Wharf for shopping or find bargains in Chinatown. The picture below shows the boardwalk on Pier 39 (from above) where you will find dozens of fun places to buy goodies.
Here are some of my favorite places to go shopping in San Francisco with my mom:
Mother's Day is a popular day for visitors in San Francisco. Many of the largest attractions, such as the California Academy of Sciences, are busy and crowded.
This image showcases one of the beautiful buildings inside the Japanese Tea Gardens in SF's Golden Gate Park.
If you don't want to battle the crowds, here are a few recommendations I think you will enjoy. They are popular, but are more spread out so don't seem to get as crowded as other San Francisco attractions.
Savings Tip: Are you looking for additional activities for Mother's Day Weekend? The best place to search is on Goldstar.com where they offer tickets to top SF events at up to half-off the full retail price. Tickets range from theater performances to SF bay cruises. Click here for their current selection of discounted tickets.
Are you looking at spending the weekend in SF with your mom? If so, I recommend staying either in Fisherman's Wharf or the Union Square areas. Both are near the action and the one you select will depend on what you have planned during your stay.
Fisherman's Wharf is perfect for those planning on spending a lot of time down by the water. If you want to shop along Pier 39, visit the great museums in this district or go on an Alcatraz tour, then Fisherman's Wharf is right for you. Click here for details on my favorite hotels in this district.
If your trip is more focused on activities in other parts of the city, the I recommend Union Square. This is perfect for those visiting a variety of districts as it is centrally located and it will take you less time to get from place to place. Click here for my favorite places to stay in Union Square.
Are you looking for the best hotel deals this weekend? If so, then check out all the hotels deals on TripAdvisor. Specials at hotels this weekend include free parking, free WiFi or even a percent off your room for a specific night or your entire stay. Click here for a current list of deals on TripAdvisor.com.