Golden Gate Park
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 97%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 81%Local Culture
- 77%Budget Travelers
- 64%Adventure Travelers
- 60%Green Travelers
- 59%Art & Design Lovers
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- Golden Gate ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Apr 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!Recommended for:
- Golden Gate ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Mar 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.Recommended for:
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- Golden Gate ParkMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Golden Gate Park is the first place I ever heard 'dank buds' put together in a sentence. Counter-cultural catch phrases aside, if there's a more gorgeous park in San Francisco, I've yet to find it. If you tire of all the beautiful woodland surroundings, the people and dog watching will keep you entertained for hours even if you haven't partaken of any such 'dank buds.' Just off Haight and Ashbury.Recommended for:
- Golden Gate ParkOct 20, 2013
Golden Gate Park is like a mini city in itself, in that it is chock full of so many different attractions and areas, each with their own unique feel, that you could spend a day here and never get bored. I used to run down JFK Dr. every morning, which cuts through the park on the North side and down to the beach. I would pass the Rose Garden, lawn bowling, the frisbee golf course, the ACTUAL golf course, Spreckels Lake (where old men like to take their motor boats and sail boats out for a spin), the buffalo farm, the lighthouse....it's just a wonderful, relaxing park to take your time in. The space between the de Young and the Academy of Sciences has an art show every weekend, and if you go down JFK Dr. towards the Conservatory of Flowers on Saturday there are always a bunch of people jamming out and dancing on their roller skates.
One note: Do not walk through here alone at night. There are a lot of homeless people that call the park their home, and it's generally not a safe place to be after dark. Other than that...enjoy!Recommended for:
- Golden Gate ParkAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Dec 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!Recommended for:
- Golden Gate ParkMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Jul 22, 2013
We love Golden Gate Park as a budget destination, as the options are many. For free, check out the bison paddock, the windmills near Ocean Beach, or the Shakespeare Garden. If you don't mind the long lines, the Academy of Sciences hosts four free days a year for SF residents. The de Young and Conservatory of Flowers offer a monthly free admission day as well.Recommended for:
- Golden Gate ParkMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 12Sep 13, 2013
This place is BIG. So big, I've been here about 4 times and I still haven't seen everything. Filled with gardens, museums, fields of green -- it's the perfect place for families as well as for any traveler who loves the outdoors.Recommended for:
- Golden Gate ParkMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 7Apr 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.
- Golden Gate ParkMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14Nov 29, 2012
There are museums, bison, waterfalls, windmills, lakes, trails, gardens, statues, it borders the ocean, and it's completely accessible to anyone.
Foggy walks in the Golden Gate Park, with all its greenery, are (along with foggy walks along the bay) my favorite things about San Francisco.
This park is big, beautiful and there is tons to see and do.
- Golden Gate ParkCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureFoodies+ 4Jul 04, 2012
This is my favorite park in the world. It was here that I learned how to ride my bike, first drove a motorboat, fed ducks the non-Crunch Berry bits of my Cap'n Crunch, and learned all about exotic fish and gravity. Yes, this giant park has it all: several gardens, memorials, science and art museums, recreational areas and even an old carousel. It was on this carousel that I would spend my money—only 25 cents a ride at the time—in a quick succession of rides...