Golden Gate Park

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Golden Gate Park

1,017 acres of gardens, walking paths, lakes, recreation fields, museums and a Japanese tea garden are located along Golden Gate Park’s three mile meander from Haight-Ashbury to the Pacific Ocean. Golden Gate Park houses both some of San Francisco’s most beloved institutions - the Victorian-era glass-ensconced Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Fine Arts Museum and the Academy of Sciences, among them - and less storied joys such as the Bison Paddock, Shakespeare’s Garden and the north and south windmills. On Sundays, the main drive is closed to cars and bicyclists, rollerskaters and eager Lindy Hop aficionados take over the streets. Snacks can be found throughout the park but for a meal, the Beach Chalet and Park Chalet on the park’s western edge offer lovely views and house-brewed beer.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: Golden Gate Park
Address: Stanyan to Great Highway, Fulton St to Lincoln Way; Entrances at 9th Ave, Stanyan St, and along Lincoln Blvd and Fulton St.
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I was so surprised at how much there is to do in Golden Gate Park! I could have spent the whole day here (between the conservatory, the Academy of Sciences, the Tea Garden, and more) but unfortunately only allocated the afternoon. If you're visiting plan to spend the day in the park and end your day in Haight - it's a great, relaxed way to spend the day!

If I had to choose between spending a day in Central Park or Golden Gate Park, I would probably pick the latter. I haven't explored either outdoor space in its entirety, but Golden Gate Park has a waterfall. There's also an observation deck, where you can take those requisite, breathtaking Instagrams of the surrounding natural splendor. My suggestion? Come in October for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, where you'll be able to watch a ton of great bands while drinking a beverage of your choosing (it's BYOB).