Experience Golden Gate Park

Experience Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is a huge park located in San Francisco, California,  and is most famous for its outdoor concerts and cultural events. This is no ordinary park though, with 1,017 acres of land, this park has everything including several golf courses, a Beach Chalet, Dutch Windmill, and Japanese Tea Garden. This is the perfect spot for families to enjoy picnics, listen to live concerts, and discover some great walking trails.
Bison
Japanese Tea Garden
Conservatory
From botanical gardens to ice skating rinks, from jogging paths to bison paddocks, a great city park can contain multitudes. But beyond their physical features, the best urban oases may well be defined by a feeling.”

 

Forbes 2009

Unique Things to See and Do in/near Golden Gate Park

  • Check out the historic Conservatory of Flowers (1879)
  • Explore the aquarium, planetarium, and the natural history museum all at The California Academy of Sciences
  • Take a picture in front of the pagoda at Japanese Tea Garden
  • Golf at one of the SIX golf courses!

Exploring  Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is packed with things to do and covers such an expansive area that it’s often difficult to know where to start. The best place to start is with the McLaren Lodge and Park Headquarters, which are open every day from 8 am till 5 pm.

There is just about something for everyone. If you’re a garden type, come during springtime to see all the tulip gardens and the Dutch Windmill. If you enjoy fishing then you will be interested to know they have fly-casting pools and an Anglers Lodge (family membership is the way to go). Are you a sports fanatic? Then check out the soccer & polo fields or try a hand at golf. Plus there are baseball diamonds, handball courts, or bring your own frisbees, balls, or bocce balls – you might get people joining in on your fun!

For the historians in the mix, check out the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. The Conservatory is one of the oldest buildings in the park. Built in 1876, this Victorian styled structure features a beautiful wood framework to house the glass windows that allow the sunshine in for the 1,700 species of aquatic and tropical plants housed inside.

And for the kids, aside the fact that there are playgrounds, trails, and forests to run through, there are also amazing creatures to be found. There are Bison Paddocks to see real buffalo up close, and  swamp creatures and marine life at the aquarium in the Academy of Sciences. And if that isn’t enough, they have the Herschell-Spillman Carousel with 62 colourfully painted animals to ride. Everything from dragons to horses, even goats! And after a day spent taking in the sights, be sure to end it by catching the sunset along the beach.

Did you know…?

Golden Gate Park housed 40,000 people after the earthquake in 1906.

Camp under military control

Did you ALSO know…?

Golden Gate Park is larger than New York’s Central Park, by an extra 174 acres!

Golden Gate Park

Getting to Golden Gate Park

Many people prefer to drive to the spot of their choice within the park, such as the Conservatory or Tea Gardens. For most, being car-free means hassle-free and with San Francisco being a green city, they offer the Gold Gate Park shuttle for free. There are 15 locations within the park where you can catch the shuttle. Taking the railway (Muni) is another option for getting to the park, or better yet, you could do San Fran style and rent a bike!

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