Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park featuring a garden and flowers
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This beloved park offers relaxation among trees, flowers and wildlife, right in San Francisco’s backyard.

The Golden Gate Park is over three miles (five kilometers) long and about half a mile (800 meters) wide. It was designed in 1871 by park commissioner William Hall, who incorporated winding walking trails that wind through more than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of beautifully landscaped gardens, woods, and lakes. Golden Gate Park is a lush and laidback refuge from the bustle of San Francisco, stretching all the way from the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to the Pacific coast.

This beautiful urban respite is where locals come to relax. Join a friendly drum circle, weave a daisy chain around the famous Janis Joplin tree, or take a paddle boat ride on Stow Lake. The low-key atmosphere still retains the vibe of the Summer of Love fifty odd years later. Pose for postcard photo opportunities in the tulip garden and soak up the sweet-smelling roses from late spring to early fall. The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, one of the world's largest, is a blooming bonanza.

For science and nature lovers, there's an aquarium, a planetarium, a rainforest and more. One highlight is the California Academy of Sciences, a stunning display of "green" architecture and interactive science. Be sure to check out the living building, topped by a rolling roof carpeted in greenery. The De Young Art Museum, completed in 2005, was designed by famed studio Herzog De Meuron and houses priceless tribal relics sourced from Asia to Africa. Don't miss the city views from this museum’s top-floor gift shop.

For utter tranquility head to the Japanese Tea Gardens where you'll find ornate bridges, manicured gardens, a great cup of tea and maybe even a little inner peace. It's a small slice of Kyoto in the heart of the city. For a faster pace, strap on a set of roller skates, but beware of the hills.

Nature lovers may be lucky enough to see herons, egrets, gulls, warblers and woodpeckers among the park’s lakes and gardens, as well as frogs and turtles. The highlight for kids and adults alike is the herd of bison who reside in an enclosed field next to Spreckels Lake, on the northern side of the park.

Golden Gate Park can be reached by car, the San Francisco Municipal (Muni) services or even by bike. There is a parking garage with reasonable rates located on Fulton Street and 10th Avenue, or you may be lucky and find a park along one of the streets in or around the park itself. The Muni runs to Golden Gate Park from stops throughout the city. Consider hiring a bike either to get there or to get around once you arrive.

Top Hotels Close to Golden Gate Park

Rodeway Inn & Suites San Francisco-Great Highway
Rodeway Inn & Suites San Francisco-Great Highway
2 out of 5
1234 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA, 94122
The price is $100 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.1/5 (987 reviews)
"Awesome staff. Gave my group little gifts upon checking out. Thank you !"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

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Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $209 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,065 reviews)
"This hotel is very convenient for most of not all modes of travel. We found it very easy to get around from here. The kids loved the heated pool & even with a windy 57 degrees outside they were able to play in the water for hours! Awesome!"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
4 out of 5
495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $179 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (327 reviews)
"I loved the staff! Mr Albert and Me Steve are top notch! We got great advice about the area and activities from them Both. The bartenders were very friendly and overall we just had a great stay."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

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Casa Loma Hotel
Casa Loma Hotel
2 out of 5
610 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, 94117
The price is $80 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $209 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
4 out of 5
495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $179 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
Rodeway Inn & Suites San Francisco-Great Highway
Rodeway Inn & Suites San Francisco-Great Highway
2 out of 5
1234 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA, 94122
The price is $100 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Rodeway Inn & Suites San Francisco-Great Highway
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is $183 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $199 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
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Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
4.5 out of 5
222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $205 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
50 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
The price is $167 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, 94108
The price is $198 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
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