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Alamo Square
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Alamo Square

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Originally established in 1857, this pretty, four-square-block park is bordered by stately Queen Anne and Victorian homes constructed between the 1870s and 1920s. Most famous (and most photographed) among them is the colorful, richly ornamented strip along Steiner Street. Though they're collectively referred to as the Painted Ladies, the house in the center is better known by a certain pop-culturally-savvy segment of the population as "the Full House house," as it featured prominently in the opening credits of the nineties sitcom. (You'll find millennial tourists posing in front of the flower-lined Postcard Row at all hours.) The park's sloped lawn affords views of downtown San Francisco, the Transamerica Pyramid and the Bay Bridge, while peering straight down Fulton Street reveals City Hall. It's a prime park for picnicking, as Bi-Rite and the Mill are just a block away on Divisadero Street. Apart from the expanse of grass, you'll find tennis courts, a dog park (though dogs roam free throughout the lawn) and dual playgrounds for tots and big kids (ages 5 to 12).

By: Lauren Sheber

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Venue name: Alamo Square
Address: Steiner St at Hayes St, NoPa
San Francisco

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