Best Attractions & Activities: Considered the largest cultivated urban park in the country, this incredible haven boasts more than 1000 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands. The park stretches three miles inland from the Bay, and within its bounds are the de Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, Strybing Arboretum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers and 27 miles of footpaths. Despite the beauty of its seemingly natural surroundings, the park is entirely man-made. Visitors can spend several days just exploring this rich and diverse park, as well as the Ninth and Irving neighborhood shops and eateries that are very close by.
Free Things to Do: Stretching more than three miles inland from the ocean, Golden Gate Park features more than 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands. There are miles of walking trails, as well as playgrounds and plenty of picnic groves. You can even rent a boat and paddle around the park's biggest lake, Stow Lake. Other highlights include the Buffalo Paddock next to Spreckles Lake, the DeYoung Museum, and The California Academy of Sciences, and the Beach and Park Chalets. But even if you don't have the time (or money) for any of these, a walk through the park all the way to the Pacific Ocean won't cost you a dime.
Parks: Stretching more than three miles inland from the ocean, Golden Gate Park features more than 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands. There are miles of walking trails, as well as playgrounds and plenty of picnic groves. You can even rent a boat and paddle around the park's biggest lake, Stow Lake. And this park is so big it has its own parks, such as the lovely Japanese Tea Gardens and the always popular Shakespeare Gardens. And for those who might not be into all this "green," some of the best restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping in the city can be found.
John F. Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Best Attractions & Activities: "The park is almost entirely on a slight decline all the way to the Pacific, so it's a gentle walk from its east entrance to its western end."
Free Things to Do, Parks: "Visiting San Francisco and skipping Golden Gate is like visiting NYC and skipping Central Park."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Golden Gate Park is as important to San Franciscans as Central Park is to New Yorkers.
Best for Free Things to Do Because: Golden Gate Park is a must-see for any visitor, even if it's a quick walk, bike or drive through.
Best for Parks Because: Golden Gate Park is San Francisco's living lung, offering healthy and vibrant options for kids of all ages.