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Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens
Parks and Gardens

© Hilary Perkins

Golden Gate Park, enough said. This urban green space is among the finest in the world and the hallmark of San Francisco's parks and gardens. GGP has windmills, a merry-go-round, a polo field, museums, botanical gardens, bison, trails, a disc golf course and more park than you'll ever need. While GGP gets most of the attention, other San Fran parks are equally as stunning. Buena Vista has great views of the city, while Stern Grove, Lincoln Park, and John McLaren Park offer a great escape for any city dweller. Then there is the Presidio, the city's largest park with over 1,490 acres of greenery and a certain recognizable icon - the Golden Gate Bridge – a pilgrimage that any visitor needs to make.

San Francisco | Parks and Gardens

Bernal Heights Park
  • Bernal Heights Park
  • You might breathe hard getting there, but the steep climb to Bernal Heights Park is short, and you will be rewarded with a splendid 360-degree vista of the entire city.
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Buena Vista Park
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Walking up the steep, winding trails of Buena Vista Park, the dense canopy of Cypress, Pine, and Eucalyptus trees makes it easy to forget you are in the heart of the city.
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Conservatory of Flowers
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • The Conservatory of Flowers sits at the eastern entrance to Golden Gate Park. An elaborate century-old Victorian greenhouse, it is a stark contrast to the head shops and bohemian boutiques of the nearby Haight-Ashbury.
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Crissy Field
  • Crissy Field
  • On its circuitous road to becoming a National Park, the Crissy Field tidal marshes went from virtually destroyed to a thriving ecosystem. For thousands of years, the Ohlone Indians revered the tidal marshes as sacred fishing and hunting grounds.
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Fort Funston Dog Park
  • Fort Funston Dog Park
  • Along the drizzly and scenic Pacific Coast Highway 35 sits a remarkably serene expanse of "dog friendly" herbage, trails, and sand. The cool ocean breeze and eager canine whines and yelps instantly greet the visitor upon entering San Francisco's Fort Funston dog park.
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Golden Gate Park
  • Golden Gate Park
  • One of the best ways to take advantage of a clear day in San Francisco is to spend some time exploring Golden Gate Park. Filled with museums, lakes, gardens, and even bison – this 1017-acre park is an urban sanctuary.
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Japanese Tea Garden
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Inside Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden, it is easy to forget that you are still in San Francisco. Walking paths framed by bamboo, bonsai, and flowering cherry trees meander past a pagoda, koi pond, and many beautiful monuments.
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Lincoln Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Although it might not get the attention of nearby Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park, nestled in the northwest corner of the city, boasts superb hikes, great views, and plenty of cultural amusement. Before the park was established in 1909, the grounds were used as a cemetery.
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Mission Dolores Park
  • Mission Dolores Park
  • If you happen to be in San Francisco on a sunny day, take the opportunity to walk or lounge around Mission Dolores Park.
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • Enjoy strolling along paths through year-round mosaic of plants from around the world. There is no shortage of great things to see and do in Golden Gate Park, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most relaxing among them.
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Yerba Buena Gardens
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
  • A little time spent in the tranquil Yerba Buena Gardens may have you forgetting that you are in one of the busiest commercial areas of San Francisco.
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