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Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco

(4.6/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
Sutro Heights Park is historic public park in the Outer Richmond District of western San Francisco, California. It is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.It is located above the Cliff House in the Lands End area, with views of the Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.HistoryThe park is on the site of the former "Sutro Heights" estate of Adolph Sutro, a Comstock Lode silver baron, and a major land owner/developer in and mayor of San Francisco.In 1881, Adolf Sutro purchased 22acre of undeveloped land south of Point Lobos (San Francisco) and north of Ocean Beach at the western edge of the city. It included a promontory overlooking the Pacific, with scenic views of the Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate. Sutro built his mansion on a rocky ledge there, above the first Cliff House.The grounds consisted of a spacious turreted mansion, a carriage house, and outbuildings set in expansive gardens. The estate dominated the Lands End area, with an elaborate entrance gate. He spent in excess of a million dollars to recreate an Italian style garden. It was filled with fountains, planted urns, and statues, Victorian flower beds, hedge mazes, parterres, forests of trees, a glass plant conservatory, and other garden structures. Vista points included the "observation plaza" overlooking the Cliff House, and the "Dolce far Niente Balcony," a long terrace-like structure along the cliff overlooking Ocean Beach. To provide garden decorations, he imported over 200 concrete replicas of Greek and Roman statuary from Belgium, to provide examples of European culture to visitors.
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TripAdvisor
  • A nice Park with views of the coast. Nice in the heat take a stroll through the shady alleys. Recommend to visit
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  • The park itself is nice but quickly overlooked. However, it is clearly worth a visit the pga. the really good views of the Pacific Ocean. And then it is not overrun by tourists.
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  • Sutro Heights is a great place to get away from it all. You can wander through grounds of Adolph Sutro's estate and work your way over to ocean view and soak it all in. Displays tell you a little abou...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful park overlooking Ocean beach. Whether it's a sunny day or a foggy morning it's always a pleasant location for a stroll.
  • Pretty, lesser known, uncrowded, historic, city park with great views of the ocean and the Golden Gate Park. I have some friends that have lived in the city for 30 years and did not know about this park until I took them here.
  • Such a great urban hike, best for couples or tourists.
  • It's San Francisco's best park, and here's why. 1. No park offers better views of the Ocean Beach or the Pacific Ocean. 2. There's actually parking in the area, and it's FREE 3. It's rarely crowded 4. Plenty of places to work if you're looking for a change of pace 5. Gorgeous flowers year round 6. Did I mention the views, they're unbelievable
  • Free and easy to access park has beautiful sights of the coast from up high. Love the old castle like installation which is fun to chill on.