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. Work out when and for how long to visit Golden Gate Park and other San Francisco attractions using our handy San Francisco road trip website .
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  • This part is 4 to 5 miles and maybe a half a mile wide. We walked many miles through this park and ended up hopping on a free shuttle to get us to Ocean Beach. There are lakes and waterfalls and Buffa...  more »
  • Golden Gate Park is quite huge and has so many different areas to visit. I went to the Botanical Garden there and also the Japanese Tea Garden, which was quite interesting. Parking is on the street, a...  more »
  • Everywhere we walked today was a better step than the last. We started with the buffalos. Buffalos! In SF? Then we meandered by the polo grounds, past a lovely green space with merry Independence Day ...  more »
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  • [Warning: Young adults from Central Florida in for vacation] This is a great escape from the city- even if the park itself is busy, there’s so many places to hide away. It’s a HUGE PARK. As we cycled through this park, There were a many sidewalks to share with walkers, but most of the time we cycled on the road and felt safe. There’s many, formal attractions within the park- half the popular ones require an admission price (such as the science museum or the Japanese Tea Gardens). Others are easy to view such as the bison enclosure, the Dutch windmill, many playing fields and playgrounds. We were also content at the pretty good bathrooms, plus it seems the homeless mentally ill squatters of the city haven’t really affected the park.
  • Cool band playing. Saturday and a beautiful sunny afternoon. Family and friends great food kids playing dogs running about. What can I say. Perfect place for a great easy time. This is why I love California. Check this casual place out and go for a hike after.
  • It's a huge garden in which there are areas for particular kinds of gardens such as botanical or Japanese. While entry to the main garden is free, entry to these gardens is very expensive. Even if you roam around in only main garden so huge and beautiful that you can easily spend a lovely day in it. There are transportation options available but they have not been displayed properly. In all, it's a must visit place in glamorous San Francisco.
  • Gorgeous place to have a picnic, eat food from delicious food trucks, walk your dog, walk through beautiful gardens, go to a couple of museums, exercise, see nature at its finest, take your kids to a playground, go to sport events, play sports at a field, ride your bike, etc. The list go on and on. This park is an absolute gem. You really have so much to do. The park is also close to a lot of great restaurants in the area as well. FYI: Do not leave anything in the open in your car, leave valuables and anything else in the trunk. The park is one of a kind. Enjoy!
  • Golden Gate park is amazing. It's easy to spend a whole day here. We spent time at the Japanese Tea gardens then walked to the Conservatory of Flowers. Next time we will hire a bike and ride around the park as we could never explore it all on foot. Definitely visit if you are in SF.

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