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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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  • Pretty flat for accessibility and very much worth a visit. Good for people watching and general outdoor fresh air ambiance. Could be educational, Don't tell the the kids!  more »
  • We only drove through the park (several times) on the hop on hop off tour bus. But had we more time, going back to visit this park would have been a must see, as it is gorgeous, well maintained and ve...  more »
  • This is one of the largest urban parks in the country. It has the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Calif. Academy of Science.  more »
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  • Nice park. Beats our parks here in Los Angeles. People are civilized - they mind their own business, mind their space, and clean-up after themselves. The park itself is well maintained and is lush with grass, trees, and shrubs. Plenty of spaces to rent for picnics and little parties. The arboretum looks gorgeous - I didn't have time to visit, but you can't miss it, it's a real landmark here. I would return to this park again to explore other areas.
  • Very big park and nicely maintained. I thought it's a public park maintained by the government or non-profit organization, but almost every gate in the park needed an entrance fee of $8+, which is kind of expensive. I liked the Rose Garden which was in an open area. Other places I didn't think it's worth spending the multiple entrance fees to look around.
  • Great place for a leisurely walk. Peacefully but somewhat busy. We didn't know you had to pay to get into a lot of the interesting places in the park like the Japanese garden. It's also a good idea to get some ice cream from the tents instead of the ice cream trucks (that'll save you between 2 and 3 dollars).
  • Beautiful, huge, amazing park! It is a must-see whenever one is in San Francisco, especially if you love nature. Walking around this park is relaxing, especially if you've had enough of whatever it is you came to San Francisco for. It can be quiet in the many trails around this place and a little chilly under the many tall trees. I've seen many people lay down a picnic spread with their friends and family, just enjoying themselves. There were also some people just there to read a book or have a quiet moment to themselves. My dog definitely enjoyed the long walk and we both had a nice, restful sleep that night.
  • There are distinctly different areas of this exceptional park to enjoy, serenity and natural beauty. As well as areas to play, and also for dogs to run around in bliss. However, bring a jacket and an umbrella, just in case you get caught in an abrupt drenching, the chill winds temperatures can plummet in a moment. No reason to catch a cold, while enjoying a sunny spring/summer day. Even sun bathers, should bring a blanket or something to cover up when it suddenly gets chilly. BTW all winter the Parks Dept had Warning Signs posted to be wary of Coyotes in the park. While this is a possibility, it is also possible that the Coyotes were actually people's dogs running around not tethered to their owners. There are a several miniature and small dog breeds that have similarities to the Coyote, in the city. As well as irresponsible bad dog owners, who routinely do not pick up after their pets, because of the common assumption that the entire park is open to dogs, unleashed. Fact of the matter is that specific areas are designated for open play spaces for canines, NOT the rest of the park. You will encounter dogs illegally not on leashes, from cute tiny pooches to huge well mannered exotic breeds, as well as large aggressive breeds customarily used for guarding and illegal fighting. Unfortunately park rangers are too few to enforce leash compliance laws in the park, watch your step, when encountering strays, especially the large breeds.