Travel Guide: SF Love Locks + Golden Gate Bridge With Your Kids

We took a drive out to San Francisco to see the famed Golden Gate Bridge. It certainly wasn’t our first time, but seeing it from this special vantage point was especially enjoyable.

We made the small hike up Fort Point trail to Battery Spencer, a concrete coastal gun battery built between 1893 and 1897. It was named after Revolutionary War hero Major General Joseph Spencer, and used until WWII, when it was deactivated.

The view of the Golden Gate is simply breathtaking. The bridge spans over the water and into the distance, while the sapphire bay shimmers below.

The hike is short, and it took us less than fifteen minutes to reach the top. If you have small children with you, the steps leading upwards are helpful. There is also a parking lot at the base of the trail.

This higher area is also bordered on one side by a chain link fence. Mimicking other such fences in Australia, Canada, Germany, Scotland, and Japan, lovers place love locks along the fence, with their initials written on them.

Once a lock is affixed, the key is then supposedly thrown away. Displays like these have been deemed an eyesore in other places, but so far San Francisco is fine with theirs!

As far as the view of the bridge, you really can’t go wrong in terms of photos, so click away!

The water stretches out to the west, where we stayed to watch the sun sink on the horizon and emblazon the sky above with hues of pink, lavender, and gold.

We made our way back down the trail in semidarkness soon after sunset. It was a great day spent away from the busyness of the city, yet still every bit San Francisco.


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