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San Francisco is notoriously a city of young professionals, but that doesn’t mean older folks can’t have their share of fun. Take a look at this list of the best spots in the city to take your grandmother. She’ll be so impressed, you might just get some extra money in your birthday card this year.
If your grandmother has a green thumb, invite her for an outing to the Japanese Tea Garden. A peaceful space full of spiraling walkways and arching bridges, the garden is the perfect balance of outdoor serenity and delicious treats. The Tea House serves miso soup, edamame, mochi, and a selection of teas from Japan. Once you’ve eaten, take to the zen garden paths. The greenery is dotted with Japanese sculptures, koi ponds, waterfalls, and secluded nooks for restful chatting. There is an $8 entrance fee, but let’s face it – grandma is worth it.
Not looking to go anywhere specific? Take grandma on a ferry ride to Sausalito. You’ll be able to see San Francisco like never before, and pass by Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge as salty wind whips through your hair. Once you’ve docked, walk along the waterfront and watch crabs scuttle under the rocks, then visit local shops such as Games People Play and Lappert’s Ice Cream. Head over to Scoma’s before ferrying home, and treat grandma to fresh seafood and a waterfront view. Make sure to check the weather before the boat ride, as a good day on the water is highly dependent on sunshine.