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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We went to the Golden Gate Park to see the Japanese Tea Garden in spring, the third week in March 2021. It was beautiful and everything was in bloom. We wandered around and took photos for about two..... more »
Visited the park in August 2020 on a Sunday morning. Lots of people around. Returned from the Japanese Tea Garden to find two windows on our rental van smashed and several backpacks stolen. My kids... more »
I had the chance to catch a small portion of Golden Gate Park, the parts I was able to explore Japanese Tea Gardens De Young Museum Botanical Gardens The Japanese Tea Gardens gave a glimpse into a culture that for most we form an opinion and truly don’t fully understand. As I walked around and appreciated the layout and how at the heart of the design is simplicity. I felt at piece, granted a short visit but one I truly appreciated in finding. The houses are surrounded by gardens that are well maintained and give the visitor an idea on a culture for most, that is stringent in how they live and the attention to detail is clear to see, I managed to make a friend a Squirrel who was not shy when letting me take his picture. Overall an enjoyable visit. A visit to Golden Gate Park would not be the same unless you visited the De Young Museum, having walked around this contemporary and pivotal exhibition in San Francisco and seeing the works of art, sculptures and exhibits from most walks of life. The collections at de young truly immerse you into a world gone by, the appreciation you have as you walk around, truly gave me a glimpse into how life could have been. The highlight for me was going to the top and seeing San Francisco from the Harmon Observation Tower the 360 degree views are simply breathtaking and to see San Francisco from this view, is an opportunity not to be missed. The views left me in awe, not something I’ll see everyday and you get totally immersed in what San Francisco has to offer. The Botanical Gardens was a pleasant surprise the collection of trees, plants, flowers and wildlife to see from the world over and how they have formed to this magical botanical oasis. As you walk round the Botanical Gardens you appreciate the attention to detail and how they have laid out all the plants and flowers and this is way before the make their mark and show their colors, as you walk through the caverns if bamboo or the trees that names I can’t pronounce let alone type. The botanical gardens is ever evolving and truly dies give the visitors an experience they won’t forget.
🚴🚶🧘🏃🍡Don't skip this park! So much to do here! So much to see, from the botanical gardens, to the museum, and the Japanese tea gardens. You cannot fit it all in one day. Definitely recommend you take a trip here. There is plenty of parking in the structure. Make sure you pack some water and have sufficient funds to purchase food, and passes to each area.
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