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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Golden Gate Park Reviews
Do not leave anything inside your car. Our car window was broken and a camera was stolen. Called 911, but Policemen didn't show up. The park looks peaceful, but it is a crime site. Be careful! more »
A treasure for a city where space is at such a premium. Paths available for walks and biking vie with a world class art museum and a Japanese garden. Be warned- free parking is tough to snare tho ther... more »
[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.
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