Mythbusters’ Adam Savage has two kids and two dogs, and as a longtime San Franciscan, he has no shortage of ideas of where to take them for fun and frolic. Below, Savage’s favorite places to romp freely while enjoying the Bay Area’s most beautiful spots.
FORT FUNSTON. As one of the family’s go-to places in the city, Savage relies on Fort Funston for guaranteed fun and makes the trek there at least once a week. “Watching the handgliders take off is awesome,” Savage says. “And if you feel like going to the beach, there’s a nice little access walk, which is great for both humans and dogs.”
THORNTON STATE BEACH. Just south of Fort Funston is Thornton State Beach, a scenic, windswept beach at the end of John Daly Boulevard in Daly City. The 3/4-mile hike down to the beach, Savage warns, is “kind of ambitious in terms of a hike, but it’s gorgeous,” he says. “It’s a very rocky landscape, so you have to hold onto a rope to get down the path. It’s not to be done with delicate shoes.” Savage’s kids and dogs love to play around the bunkers in the area.
STERN GROVE. Best known for its summer music festivals, Stern Grove is one of Savage’s favorite city parks, a lush, green escape that was one of the first places he visited when he came to San Francisco in 1988. “It’s beautiful, with the lake and the ducks,” he says. Dog owners love Pine Lake as a spot to let their dogs run free, off-leash. And on any given weekend, Savage says there are hundreds of dog owners for their breeds’ specific meetups.
GLEN CANYON PARK. “I can’t believe a park so amazing exists just five minutes away from the busiest part of the city,” Savage says of Glen Canyon Park. “It’s this amazing little wilderness oasis.” In the summers, especially, Savage says the canyon turns into one of the most verdant places in San Francisco, so much so that it’s hard to get through the vegetation. “Savage takes his kids and his dogs down to the end of the main paved section to a dirt path that they all scramble up along. “It’s a super rugged little path, and there’s a secret rope swing that only kids know about,” he says. The Savage crew love to walk all along the different paths and climb along the rocks. “Everyone gets worn out,” he says.