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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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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. Plan to visit Golden Gate Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Francisco attractions using our San Francisco itinerary maker.
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  • Missed time to explore all the beauty of the place. Very nice, clean and full of places to register or simply relax and enjoy. Highly recommended!!!
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  • Visited primarily for the purpose of the Aquarium. I was amazed at the spectacular creatures in our oceans, they are amazing and beautiful. I was in awe. I even got to touch a star fish a first for me...  more »
  • Engaging Art Museum, Aquarium, Natural History Museum, Japanese Garden, many other gardens, lakes, waterfalls, Buffalo Etc 
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  • I didn't appreciate how awesome this park is until I moved away from the bay. There's something for everyone at Golden Gate Park, whether you're 7 or 77 years old. This park is very large in size and every so often, local radio stations will host free concerts here. For the kiddies, there is a children's playground with lots of slides, swings, sandboxes, and even a merry-go-around. Snack stands near by for the hungry kids. The Japanese Tea Garden is one of my favorite components of the park. There's an $8 entrance fee, but it'll be money well spent, not to mention this is a great afternoon date place. Lots of photo opportunities available! Most recently, I discovered that you can paddle-boat here as well at an hourly rate. Life jackets and paddle-boat included in the rental fee. No lifeguard on duty. Paddle at your own risk. The Golden Gate Orchestra was playing for free on a Sunday afternoon. They sounded great and there's really no bad seat. Various museums for your enjoyment, but check the hours of operation. Look for coupons in the free tourist books around town or online.
  • Golden Park is one of the most amazing places to visit in San Francisco. You can go to Academy of Science or De Young Museum of Arts , Conservatory of Flowers or a multitude of other places located inside the park. Additionally Golden Gate Park and at the ocean so you can always up 10 to try surfing at the Ocean Beach. Park also surrounded by thousands of very good restaurants and Mom and Pop shops so I encourage anyone to walking around and discover your favorite place.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Huge park. Enjoyed this even more than trips to Central Park in New York. Both parks were designed by the same person, with GGP being completed after Central Park by about a decade. So much to explore and simply amazing that it's in the heart of such a busy San Francisco area. Go get lost in some nature (man made nature)
  • Really nice park for, jogging on the trails, riding bikes, Or walks. Great location for photos, especially of the Golden Gate Bridge and it's right next to the water. There's no playground, It's an excellent place to bring dogs, downside is there is poop everywhere!!! I wouldn't recommend letting your kids run around or you'll be cleaning poop off of their shoes it's literally everywhere.
  • I have traveled to many big cities in USA and around the world and none compare to San Francisco... and while its shining jewel can be debated, Golden Gate park is a must see and what my wife and I believe is central to what makes the City so special. The diversity of plant life, sculptured and wild, combined with the diversity of human beings, sculptured and wild, make this a bio-socio wonderland. From panhandle to the coast, the trails wind you through the natural and man-made. Get off the tarmac trails and get lost, it is always fun to see where you pop out.