Buena Vista Park, San Francisco

4.2
#28 of 56 in Parks in San Francisco
Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park, later renamed Buena Vista. It is bounded by Haight Street to the north, and by Buena Vista Avenue West and Buena Vista Avenue East. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575feet, and covers 37acre. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.LayoutThe hill on which the park lies is composed primarily of sand and San Francisco chert, formed in the Mesozoic era. The layout of the park uses the steepness of the hill to good advantage, offering good views of the city (particularly to the north).At the peak of the park is a small lawn. Notable views are available from various lookouts lower down, including "The Window," an overlook on the western side of the hill from which there is a sweeping vista of Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and, on clear days, northward up the coast to the white cliffs of Drake's Bay.The paths along the west side are lined with gutters built by WPA workers out of broken headstones from the City's Victorian cemeteries at Lone Mountain (i.e. Laurel Heights), which were moved to Colma in 1930s. In a few cases the inscriptions were placed facing up and can be discerned (Cf. the Wave Organ).
Add Buena Vista Park and other attractions to your San Francisco trip itinerary using our San Francisco attractions planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Buena Vista Park
map
Buena Vista Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
67 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • While there is a nice view, there are other places a lot better. If you do not have enough time, can go it long. If you have the time, it's nice for a walk a little required.
    View original
  • This is on Haight, and it looks like some of the hippies that didn't make it came here to camp out. I made it a brief visit as it felt unsafe. 1988  more »
  • Theoretically a perfect spot to take in the city, but (as is often the case in town) with fog nothing shows!
    View original
Google
  • One of the best views of the city! Worth the climb to the top. This is definitely a place to check out near sunset. The uppermost area really doesn't offer a great view, but there is a viewing area on the west end of the park I would recommend.
  • Best place to view fleet week. Often uncrowded and a great hike. Watch for wildlife meaning foxes. I picked up my small dog so he would not be lunch. Dog friendly, people friendly and the views should be a secret since they are amazing 360 views on the little park.
  • Well it's large and has old growth trees everywhere. Then at night, there are quite a few guys hanging around. Not dangerous, just particular.
  • One of my favorite parks in San Francisco. It certainly lives up to its name, as you will get some of the best views in the city here.
  • Although great views can be had from Buena Vista, the real treasure of the park is the dense forest of majestic trees. The park provides an escape from the metropolitan life of San Francisco as a natural sanctuary. Be prepared to climb some slopes. Then enjoy the walk and a conversation or some solitude. It's dog friendly, but beware around night time, coyotes have also taken up residence.
Places to stay near Buena Vista Park

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Buena Vista Park by other users

22 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 52 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans