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Golden Gate Park

Stanyan & Haight Streets, San Francisco, CA 94117
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  • Golden Gate Park
    Liz F
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    5 Aug 17, 2014

    Just a cool place to go. Several parks within parks. Have to pay for most areas, but it's great for a summer hangout.

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  • Golden Gate ParkPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Aug 17, 2014

    SF's premiere green space and one of the world's largest urban parks, Golden Gate Park is, quite simply, one of the greatest features of an already amazing city. Entering the park from the grunge of Haight-Ashbury, and visiting the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Museum before stopping off for dinner in the 9th & Irving neighborhood, is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday in the city of San Francisco. The park is not all sweetness and light, however: some areas can be a little sketchy, and the city's epidemic homelessness is on full display here.

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  • Golden Gate ParkPro 2014
    Todd C
    5 Aug 13, 2014

    The largest and best known park in San Francisco is the 1,017 acre (411 ha) Golden Gate Park. Its history goes back to 1870 when the site was an area of wild sand dunes. At the time, the area, known as 'outside lands', was well outside the city's developed limits.

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Diane
    5 Aug 10, 2014

    Golden Gate Park has something for everyone - The most amazing playground, a beautiful botanical garden, the de Young and Academy of Sciences museums, and walkways galore. A must-do for outdoor enthusiasts! While you are there, stop by the Beach Chalet for some local history and delicious food with a view.

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    Jacqueline M
    4 Aug 09, 2014

    Rollerskate without traffic, Lindy hop, Paddle boats, Japanese Tea Garden, impromptu volleyball, concerts etc. all uniquely SF.

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  • Golden Gate ParkPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jul 29, 2014

    You have to visit this city oasis! The 1000 acre park houses an elaborate flower conservatory, a beautiful Japanese tea garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the de Young Museum, a music concourse, archery fields, a tennis complex, horseshoe pits, golf courses, an art studio & much more! As you wander the area, you will find playgrounds, gardens, monuments, trails, picnic areas & lakes. You are likely to see wedding parties posing for photos. Wither wander at your leisure or plan your trip by studying maps on the park's website.

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Suki
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    4 Jul 23, 2014

    Go to the park - lots of different things to do there. You can wander around for hours to see the different themed parks.

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Yenni Vance
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    5 Jul 15, 2014

    Walk or jog along the paths at Stow Lake or in the Rhododendron Dell, or take in the fountains and statues on the Music Concourse between the de Young Museum and California Academy of Arts and Sciences. At the de Young Museum, admission is free to its fine art collections on the first Tuesday of the month. The California Academy of Sciences is free the third Wednesday of the month. Get there early to see visit this unique aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and rainforest.

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    Bryana G
    5 Jun 22, 2014

    Take a wonderful tour thru this urban park see Japanese gardens , De young Museum of Art.and many scenic views.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Jun 21, 2014

    It's the green space that lets the rest of San Francisco breathe. Ah, that's better! Art and natural science museums, biking paths, a small pond for rowing boats, a Japanese garden, art-deco buildings, the bison paddock, Ocean Beach... it's enough to fill a whole day.

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    Kevin Riti
    4 Jun 10, 2014

    althouh we did not spend a whole lot of time here, actually just drove through it, we did very much enjoy all the greenery and flowers and lawn it has to offer. for a city that has housing one on top of another this is a nice change!

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Valerie Carlese
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    5 May 29, 2014

    Relaxing and reading a book in this beautiful park. Golden gate park is fun, disc golf, soccer, baseball, BBQ. Venture to this park, it's a must!

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Amanda Ellen
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    5 Apr 23, 2014

    What's *not* to love about Golden Gate Park?! There's far too much to do in the park than I can review here…so here are the highlights, focusing mainly on those in the eastern end of the park.

    1) The Dahlia Garden (and the Conservatory of Flowers gardens) - Hands down, the Dahlia Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in all of San Francisco. It's tucked just to the east side of the Conservatory of Flowers and (of course) is only seasonal, from roughly April through September. The rest of the gardens in front of the Conservatory are also unspeakably gorgeous. Stop here for a lazy afternoon among the flowers.

    2) Lindy in the Park - Sundays (weather permitting) from about 11 a.m. or noon until 2 p.m. Free swing dance lessons and dancing, on the bridge near/behind the DeYoung Museum. Even if you don't participate, it's a joyful, uplifting scene to watch!

    3) The Rose Garden - keep traveling past the bridge behind the DeYoung and you'll find the Rose Garden, a peaceful, serene area with all kinds and colors of roses.

    4) Food trucks behind the band/theater shell. You'll get hungry, trust me. Try the mango lass from the Indian truck to keep up your energy!

    I could keep going (the DeYoung, the Japanese gardens, the botanical gardens, Strawberry Hill…)! Remember, you'll probably get lost in the park, but it's the most beautiful place you'll ever get lost!

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Melonie Weismann
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    5 Apr 13, 2014

    Lovely place to meet friends, stretch your aesthetic sense at their many museums, dine finely in the basement of the California Academy of Sciences, play in a biodome surrounded by butterflies and birds, etc. There's always something going on, be it performance art, tour groups. Impromptu sports games, you name it. Also an excellent spot for runners. Make sure you wander over to Hippie Hill if you want the full San Francisco experience, bums and all.

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    Travis Katz
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    5 Mar 09, 2014

    The Golden Gate Park is a magical place. Located right in the center of the City, it's a huge, sprawling park dotted with trails, ponds, manicured gardens, museums and even a dutch windmill. Lots to do. On weekends they close the main road to traffic so bikers and roller bladers can take to the streets.

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  • Golden Gate ParkPro 2014
    JJ
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    4 Jun 23, 2014

    Immense, with 100 different things to do, and miles long. It will take you all day from dawn to dusk to see and enjoy it all.

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    Thais Guimaraes
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    5 Jan 18, 2014

    I went to Golden Gate Park on one of those tour buses that take you everywhere.
    Then I rented a bike at Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate at Fulton St. for US$5 and hour and headed down toward the sea.
    There are a lot of things to see at the Park. Apart from the De Young Museum, that hosts really good exhibitions, the Academy of Science and the Japanese Tea Garden, which are all in the very beginning of the park, there are waterfalls, lakes, sports courts all along the way that leads to the Pacific Ocean.
    And to my surprise, right before you reach the end of the park, there is a real full sized dutch windmill with a garden and it's gorgeous! Totally worth my biking all the way there.
    Take some time to look at the ocean and then prepare to bike your way back up because all you did until now was to stroll down.
    Make sure you see the Conservatorium and its beautiful gardens before returning your bike.

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  • Golden Gate Park
    Janson Wigo
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    5 Jan 18, 2014

    I have been on for different events. Once for a college reunion and it is a great place to picnic, play sports, and drink adult beverages. Twice for concerts- its so big that its perfect for multiple stages and food venues. And once for a walk. Overall a very impressive park with a lot to do and a lot of greenery.

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    Kat Sun
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    5 Dec 30, 2013

    Lots of people around with their dogs and kids for BBQs, to fly kites, and just relax and have fun. Take the last exit off the 101 before the bridge and take a drive down the small street to find parking farther away from the bridge. Enjoy the walk!

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  • Golden Gate ParkPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Jun 23, 2014

    This park is a beautiful breath of fresh air in the middle of the city. It is filled with activity, and yet seems peaceful at the same time. Always worth a visit.

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Description

One hundred and fifty years ago, this 1000-acre park was a windswept sand dune. To this day, its autumnal music festival, Outsidelands, is an homage to its former moniker. These days, you'll find the same serenity with a myriad of attractions -- art museums, a Japanese tea garden, a Shakespeare garden, even a buffalo paddock. Or, get active -- hike, ride horseback, learn archery or feed ducks at any one of three ponds.

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