Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

4.6
#2 of 73 in Parks in San Francisco
Visit one of the country's largest and most-visited urban parks in the heart of the city at Golden Gate Park. The rectangular park is home to numerous museums, lakes, a botanical garden and conservatory, landscaped gardens, and athletic facilities. Spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the Japanese Tea Garden, or tour the previous home of the San Francisco 49ers football team, Kezar Stadium. Pack a picnic to enjoy lakeside or on one of the park's shaded lawns. Due to the park's sheer size, 412 hectares (1,017 acres), you might want to plan to take a bus or free shuttle back to the city center after exploring the park. Work out when and for how long to visit Golden Gate Park and other San Francisco attractions using our handy San Francisco road trip website .
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  • After a walk in the woods, the rendezvous of dogs in a private park, the meeting with the BISONS, we discovered this wonderful Japanese garden. everything is there, the pagodas, the Zen atmosphere, and the tea served with the small jasmine tea ice creams ... a nice moment didn't miss....
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  • We saw the Golden Gate Bridge from the Alcatraz Tour, Pier 39, the Welcome Center Area, On the Bridge!, Grand View Park, Baker's Beach via a wine tour, and Golden Gate Park. A year ago we saw if from ...  more »
  • I can’t help compare this to Central Park. Similar size. This one feels smaller for some reason. Also feels more forced. There are a lot of roads running through it and around it and it is noisy. Many...  more »
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  • I had the chance to catch a small portion of Golden Gate Park, the parts I was able to explore Japanese Tea Gardens De Young Museum Botanical Gardens The Japanese Tea Gardens gave a glimpse into a culture that for most we form an opinion and truly don’t fully understand. As I walked around and appreciated the layout and how at the heart of the design is simplicity. I felt at piece, granted a short visit but one I truly appreciated in finding. The houses are surrounded by gardens that are well maintained and give the visitor an idea on a culture for most, that is stringent in how they live and the attention to detail is clear to see, I managed to make a friend a Squirrel who was not shy when letting me take his picture. Overall an enjoyable visit. A visit to Golden Gate Park would not be the same unless you visited the De Young Museum, having walked around this contemporary and pivotal exhibition in San Francisco and seeing the works of art, sculptures and exhibits from most walks of life. The collections at de young truly immerse you into a world gone by, the appreciation you have as you walk around, truly gave me a glimpse into how life could have been. The highlight for me was going to the top and seeing San Francisco from the Harmon Observation Tower the 360 degree views are simply breathtaking and to see San Francisco from this view, is an opportunity not to be missed. The views left me in awe, not something I’ll see everyday and you get totally immersed in what San Francisco has to offer. The Botanical Gardens was a pleasant surprise the collection of trees, plants, flowers and wildlife to see from the world over and how they have formed to this magical botanical oasis. As you walk round the Botanical Gardens you appreciate the attention to detail and how they have laid out all the plants and flowers and this is way before the make their mark and show their colors, as you walk through the caverns if bamboo or the trees that names I can’t pronounce let alone type. The botanical gardens is ever evolving and truly dies give the visitors an experience they won’t forget.
  • 🚴🚶🧘🏃🍡Don't skip this park! So much to do here! So much to see, from the botanical gardens, to the museum, and the Japanese tea gardens. You cannot fit it all in one day. Definitely recommend you take a trip here. There is plenty of parking in the structure. Make sure you pack some water and have sufficient funds to purchase food, and passes to each area.
  • This park is a must do if you like to spend a bit of time in nature but are city-bound on your holiday. Happy I walked instead of hiring a bike as the signage is a bit confusing and it looks like bikes mostly have to keep to the road throughout the park, meaning you’d miss most of the pretty paths and gardens.
  • A great place to go for a stroll! If you're willing to spend the extra $ there's plenty more to see! We didn't have enough time to stop in to either the botanical gardens or the Japanese garden but heard many good things.
  • I love golden gate park. I've been exploring various areas over the past few months. If you're looking for somewhere to sit, the garden area between the museums is excellent. For a light walk I strongly recommend wandering through the memorial garden, or the ponds near the botanical gardens. For those more adventurous with a couple of hours,I would recommend boating or hiking the waterfall at Stow lake...there's plenty of parking and a little cafe. If you're very ambitious, enter at the museums, see the botanical gardens and lily pond, the gardens next to the conservatory, and walk through the grounds all the way to the Dutch windmills and then see the ocean.
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