Mission Dolores Park, San Francisco

4.5
#12 of 56 in Parks in San Francisco
A Leave No Trace park, encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations, the vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood. Here you’ll find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash dog play areas. Yes. Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are held here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.
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  • OK. I had a friend tell me to go here. Such a great small park in a great neighborhood. The best views of the city and so much diverse activity. close to castro and lunch spots and bars later. take th...  more »
  • This is a small park with decent views of the city from the top. There's not much to see in the part, but it's got a ton of people hanging out. A few blocks away are some fantastic bars, restaurants a...  more »
  • Nice Park with the Legendary Bi-Rite Creamery and Tartine Bakery Nearby! Grab some ice cream or a delish breakfast pastry and coffee and sit in the park to eat. Parking can be difficult on weekends bu...  more »
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  • This spot is great if you're looking for a playground (there are tennis and basketball courts) or somewhere for a picnic or just for hanging out. Otherwise, it's basically just good for people-watching. The only thing special about the park is the people; so it's good if you're in the mood for people-watching or one for striking up conversations with others. We did see some people playing with a whip who let us try cracking it in the air, so you definitely find some interesting people there. There are public rest rooms at the end of the park and a train stop nearby.
  • This is the nicest park in SF in my opinion. Amazing view of the city in an area that is usually sunny while the rest of the city is foggy or cloudy. The area has a timeless, European feel with lots of cafes with outdoor seating and the Mission Dolores adds the timeless feel. It's often very lively with lots of sunbathers, picnickers and partiers. It can get super crowded on the rare warm SF days. But it's still fun and a great place to people watch.
  • If there is folks from Montreal reading this... You will love it. It is like the Mont Royal. It felt like home for a little bit. This park is not for everyone. Young, to chill, have a lunch there... Just to hang with music. It is great to be a part of something like this sometimes.
  • The best bar in San Francisco isn't a bar, it's a park where you can hang out with friends and drink mimosas with a beautiful view. Just be respectful and you'll be fine. Remember, there are kids in the park as well! Playground is spacious, well maintained, and would be awesome for a tyke. The park also has a tennis court, and regularly hosts events. There are trash cans and recycling bins throughout, and I highly encourage you to USE THEM. Keeping the park tidy is everyone's responsibility!
  • Good-sized space. Tennis courts, a basketball court, a large playground, lots of paths, and still several vast open grassy areas. Most of the park is on a fairly steep hill, except the courts and playground. Breathtaking view of downtown and the bay itself, especially for first time visitors. Young people come here in the late afternoon (after ~2:30) and all day on weekends to smoke a ton of weed, so be aware of that if you are bringing your small child, parent, etc. But I did see some kids actually walking around selling pastries to the stoners, and a lot of families in general.
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