Hey, 90’s kids! I’ve got a must do for you when traveling to San Francisco. You need to go from the Bay to Full House! I know, they didn’t really film in that house, but the iconic front is all the things for us kids who grew up in the 90’s, am I right?
How to Climb from the Bay to Full House
Yes, I said climb from the Bay to Full House. There is no judgement if you just Uber over (unless you’re brand new to Uber and you don’t sign up to ride with my link and save yourself some money, ahem) because San Francisco is full of hills. I had been two times before I took on this adventure and I admittedly thought the city was just one big hill – nope, it is rolling steep hills. But if you are adventurous like me, you’ll want to get down to the Bay then climb up to Full House. It will be fulfilling, I promise!
Starting by the Bay, you’ll want to be about halfway between Ghiradelli Square and the Golden Gate Bridge, actually right in the middle of Yacht Harbor! There you will find Broderick Street which goes straight up a hill back toward the city and is the street where you will find the house that was used as the front doorstep of Full House.
It’s about one mile and yes, it is all up-hill. I took this hill on right after I ran ten miles including the Golden Gate, so I might be about to exaggerate how steep it is, but it is worth knowing how I felt with strong legs because you need to be prepared. If you are a sweater like me, do it in workout clothes (you’ll thank me). And no matter who you are, wear your sneakers. If you haven’t noticed, my sneakers of choice are New Balance 880gb7‘s which you can find at a nice price on Amazon!
My walk up Broderick started with a video chat home to my kids. I was panting but doing okay. After 3 blocks, I had to be honest with them and tell them good night – time for mom to climb some hills! About 0.6 miles into the walk, you’re going to come to a place where Broderick turns slightly to the left but isn’t actually a road for a block. This is where it gets real. The sidewalk is steep as all get out but so worth the burn if you are feeling up to it. Seriously, here it is from my view:
I felt pretty accomplished after getting to the top of that hill and now I see on Google Maps that it is actually a “View Point” – well no wonder! I didn’t take the time to look but I had to do a selfie to prove I was able to climb from the Bay to Full House!
But wait, you aren’t there yet.
Finding Full House and What to Do When You Get There
I’m not going to give you the exact address of the house because well, one you can see it here but two it is someone’s (ok, the producer’s) private residence and I’m not all about linking addresses here on my page. Don’t make them say, “How Rude!”! Once you climb the hill, you’ll start downhill. I recommend approaching the 1700 block of Broderick on the left so you can get a view like this (especially as the sun is setting!) :
Do you remember the doors were actually red? As of the end of September 2018, there is construction going on, including painting the doors a light green.
Do you notice those signs and construction fencing? Obey them and be kind. No, you can’t sit on the steps right now. I felt a little underwhelmed at first but then thought about how we’d feel if people were always on our porch and I get it. And the neighbors – they don’t need you to be a nuisance. Take a selfie, take a photo for others who have stopped by too (because they will) then move on and take an Uber back to your hotel or a Starbucks for a pumpkin spice frap blended. You earned it. (Mine was less than a mile away and I did it, yes the uber and the frap!)
What iconic landmarks or buildings are on your travel must list?
Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg in exchange for this review of my visit. All opinions are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links.
As a parent, have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit an amusement park you loved as a kid as an adult without the kids? No shame – this is a perfectly fine thing to think and do! Greg and I have done this at a few parks over the years. This summer, I decided to take my best friend with me to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg, a park we went to on a high school band trip. It gave me a chance to ride a few rides that I might not have with the kids, really check out the kid space without having the kids running in four different directions, enjoy a show, and indulge in some food without paying for six people to do so. It was pretty glorious.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Fun for Mom!
As part of my girls’ weekend away with my best friend Missy, a trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg was a must. We stayed at my timeshare about 2 miles away and grabbed an Uber to the park after a morning of treating ourselves to a mani/pedi.
As soon as we got into the park, a show was starting in their England area. Britmania™ was a musical revue that charmed us with music from the 1960s to today (the Beatles to Adele). The dancing was what really wowed us in this show. Mom tip: This is a great family show for those moments when you need a break out of the heat!
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After the show, I decided to grab a Bier Fest punch card ($22) to sample 10 different craft beers from around the globe while we walked through the park. My favorite was the Buskey Tart Cherry from Richmond, Virginia (found in England and true to the name, tart and cherry, and full of a red cherry color). And, to fully disclose, my least favorite was the Ballast Point Bonito Blonde (found in the Germany area). (I thought I’d try it because I have a co-worker by that name, but the beer was skunkier than I expected.)
In between stopping for my samples, we enjoyed the landscape (Busch Gardens has 134 acres of lush landscaping), watched rides that were a HECK NO for me (I am not a coaster fan but LOVE the thrill of watching them WHOOSH by – there are seven coasters here), and rode a few rides.
The Trade Wind has always been my favorite ride (the one that goes in a circle up and down a hill with really upbeat music), so that was a must. It was fun taking in the birds-eye view of the park from Skyride (which goes from England to France to Germany and back as one-way stops). We even found a new pal while waiting in the England line.
Missy enjoyed a plinko-style game in Oktoberfest and we had to indulge in pretzels and slushies, too!
Of course, I had to put in some “mom time” and stop by Sesame Street®
Forest of Fun™ and see what my littlest kiddos would have enjoyed. We got to meet one of Ava’s (and Missy’s) favorites, Cookie Monster!
Would I go back and do this again? ABSOLUTELY! Here are some ways to enjoy the rest of 2018…
Events happening at Busch Gardens Williamsburg this Year
While there is only today to enjoy Bier Fest as I did, there are some great events in store for the rest of this year at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (information provided to me via the Busch Gardens Media Room):
Busch Gardens® Bier Fest (Aug. 17-Sept. 3)
More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall at Busch Gardens® Bier Fest. Raise a glass to toast the end of summer with a variety of craft beers from around the globe. Sample traditional German food, listen to live music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. Prost! (details)
Howl-O-Scream® (Sept. 15-Oct. 28)
Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. Celebrate 20 years of fears in this special anniversary year, with more haunted houses, Terror-tories™ and scares than ever before. At the stroke of
6 p.m. Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones and darkly entertaining live shows. Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place at 6 p.m. when the haunts come out for Howl-O-Scream. Guests should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding whether Howl-O-Scream is appropriate for young children. (details)
Count’s Spooktacular (Oct. 6-Oct. 28)
Come celebrate silly, not-too-spooky, family fun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg this fall. Every weekend in October, children 9 and younger are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume to
dance and play with their favorite Sesame Street® friends Elmo, Cookie Monster and more at The Count’s Spooktacular. Kid-friendly rides, family activities and trick-or-treating will be offered around the park for kids to celebrate the fall season. You won’t want to miss a special show featuring The Count, dance parties for the kids and a parade to end the day for families before the haunts and scares of Howl-O-Scream start in the evening. (details)
Christmas Town™ (Nov. 17-Jan. 1)
Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. One of the largest light displays in North America grows even bigger in 2018 with over 10 million lights to commemorate the family-friendly winter holiday event’s 10th anniversary. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heartwarming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Come for the biggest and brightest Christmas lights event and illuminate your children’s holiday season with a visit to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland and Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™. And don’t forget to stop by the North Pole to see Santa Claus. Complete your Christmas Town experience by enjoying exhilarating rides, dazzling shows, hearty holiday dining and festive shopping. (details)
Personally, I have experienced Bier Fest, Count’s Spooktacular, and Howl-O-Scream and as a parent, I recommend enjoying Bier Fest and Howl-O-Scream without the kids (unless they are teenagers).
Budget-Friendly Ways to Visit
I don’t recommend doing as I did and only enjoying the park for part of the day. If you are a rider or bringing the kids, you want to leave plenty of time to enjoy. As I was on my girls’ weekend and trying to experience several things in the area, it’s what worked for me. To get the most out of your money, there are a few ways to save on your visit:
Get a Membership – starting at $12/pp per month, you’ll save 50% on parking, enjoy both parks, and get to experience Christmas Town at no extra fee. I met a local family who purchased this and they were raving about the savings and benefits it gave them.
Fun Cards – These are like a mini membership. Not as many perks but great for those of us who aren’t local but close enough to visit a few times a year. Save on return visits with these options.
Pay ahead for things like your photos, food, or parking (save $2) here. If you’re staying close and going for an adult day, I suggest taking an Uber. That’s what Missy and I did. It was a first for both of our drivers but the process was smooth and they met us right at the gate. Total cost to Uber was about $15. First time using Uber? Sign up here with code 4j85u to get $5 toward your first ride.