Fun in San Francisco: Day 2 part 1 – Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum

Our second full day in San Francisco, we decided to head down to the piers earlier rather than later. We figured that getting in line for the cable car would be easier the earlier we went, and the wait time would, in theory, be shorter. We had purchased 3 day passes for M and I, and as luck would have it, Q was free. It was a great way to go, as it saved us the hassle of ensuring that we had $12 cash each time we rode the cable car. As we saw the day before, it seems that there is something about these cable cars that brings out the worst in people. It was rather hilarious to watch. And yes, I’m serious. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

We finally make it to Fisherman’s Wharf. Apparently there are two cable car routes that pick up along the same line, but have different end destinations. We had no idea about this, but, as luck would have it, our cable car took us to the exact place we wanted to be. As soon as we arrived, I saw the Ride the Ducks stand. I have wanted to try the Ride the Ducks in Seattle several times, but just never gotten around to it. I knew that there was one in San Fran as well, but wasn’t sure if we’d end up doing it or not. I waffled on it, even though Q really wanted to go, because I was worried about whether or not it would make M seasick. If you are not familiar with Ride the Ducks, it is a tour around the city in an old WWII DUCW vehicle that also includes a ride in the bay. It is an amphibious vehicle, so they literally drive the bus right in to the water. It looked fun, but I just wasn’t sure. I decided to think on it, and we continued to explore the area.

Right around the corner, he happened upon the Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, and the boys were instantly intrigued. We decided to give it a go, paid our admission, and were off. Of course, who doesn’t start off their trip to Ripley’s with a go on the bed of nails? Pfft, not us!
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Q was quite taken with the superheros made from scrap metal and car parts.
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You know, being 5 and COMPLETELY OBSESSED with all things superhero and all.

There were lots of really neat things to see, lots of weird things to see, and some completely off the wall, totally bizarre things to see, as, I’m sure one would expect from a Ripley’s museum. There were a few things that wigged Q out a bit though, so if you have younger kids just be aware. There were a few shrunken heads, a genuine vampire killing kit, and some really weird looking people. A bit of gore, but nothing really over the top or too scary. You can easily walk right past them.

Our admission also included the mirror maze, which he loved, and the laser adventure quest. Lots of fun, and, although a bit on the pricey side for admission, you could easily spend a couple of hours looking around and checking everything out. Lots of interactive exhibits, things that talked, videos and brain teasers. We would recommend it for sure.

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Q comparing himself against the wax figure of the world’s tallest man.

In the interest of keeping these short and readable, I am going to continue to break them up into two parts. You can find Day 1 here and here

I was not compensated or asked to mention any of the businesses or locations on this trip. I am sharing them with you in hopes that you might find fun places or things to check out on your next trip. All opinions are strictly our own.

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