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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited the Japanese Tea Garden and The Conservatory of Flowers. Great experience for those as my wife and I She especially love flowers and exotic plants. 
  • Visited as part of the big bus tour, lots of history associated with the park and its landscaping on how it was transformed from a sandy wasteland into what it has become today. 
  • If you like walking about then this is the park for you as it is massive. There are a couple of museums in it but we didn't go in those so cant comment. With hindsight it would have been better to hir...  read more »
  • Nice park. However it has its criminal element. There are a few secluded roads within the park that clearly have theft and vandalism issues with cars. You'll see mounds of glass on the side of the road from smash and grabs. A bunch of them. Keep your belongings invisible if leaving them in your car. Easy secluded target in several areas.
  • This park is an amazing place to get out of the city and get a whole new perspective. Fresh air and smells along with some amazing views and things to do. If you've had the luxury of walking through the Tenderloin to work for weeks like I have , then this park is a must to clear your mind, body, soul and nose lol.
  • Nestled in the heart of a great city, on the coast of a great nation who's founder and protector is God, is a beautiful park. There are beautiful trails through wooded and open places. You can stop and watch a baseball game, or wander past a small body of water. There is a freedom and a peace about the place. There are odd musicians, playing guitars, enjoying life. People walking the paths, out for the day with their family for a picnic, or out for an afternoon run. The park offers avast (mate'y) assortment of options to entertain or amuse you. Or you can simply lay on the grass and relax, which is exactly what I did, watching the little league baseball game, the kids playing their hearts out, shouting encouragement to each other, their dad's, the coaches and catchers, playing right along with them. It was relaxing, sitting there in the grass, the sound of the city distant across the trees. A peaceful afternoon.
  • A great place to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of San Francisco living. Not only are there several fountains to enjoy but also an amphitheater and multiple monuments to some of history's great figures. Adjacent to the main square are the Japanese Tea Garden, de Young museum, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Shakespeare Park and California Academic of Sciences. Not only is there endless hours of attractions but there are several food trucks and restaurants nearby to get snacks or your next meal.
  • I wish I took a photo of this place. It's so gorgeous and vast! There are plenty of plants and various flowers to always keep your eye on nature and away from your phone. Catch a game of Lawn Bowling on Bowling Green Dr or meander your way to the Tea Garden. This place is beautiful. Just watch out for shady activity on the south side.
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