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Golden Gate Park

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.


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Lodging Near Golden Gate Park

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Spacious Flat in Inner Sunset Near Beach, Park and Museums

Spacious Flat in Inner Sunset Near Beach, Park and Museums

1425 Kirkham Street, San Francisco
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Located in Sunset District, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Francisco Botanical Garden, University of California San Francisco, and Golden Gate Park. Japanese Tea Garden and California Academy of Sciences are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Apartment in San Francisco

Apartment in San Francisco

357 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122,, San Francisco
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sunset District, this property is within a 15-minute walk of University of California San Francisco and California Academy of Sciences. Japanese Tea Garden and Golden Gate Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Modern Inner Sunset 1 Bedroom. Brand New!

Modern Inner Sunset 1 Bedroom. Brand New!

1728 10th Ave, SF
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sunset District, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Francisco Botanical Garden, University of California San Francisco, and Golden Gate Park. Twin Peaks and California Academy of Sciences are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$100
Geary Parkway Motel

Geary Parkway Motel

4750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
3.9
of 5, from 157 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and Japanese Tea Garden. University of San Francisco and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Charming 1 Bedroom In Law in Forest Knolls Near Ucsf and Golden Gate Park

Charming 1 Bedroom In Law in Forest Knolls Near Ucsf and Golden Gate Park

130 Devonshire Way, San Francisco
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Francisco, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Francisco Botanical Garden and University of California San Francisco. Twin Peaks and California Academy of Sciences are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$179
Stanyan Park Hotel

Stanyan Park Hotel

750 Stanyan Street, San Francisco
3.9
of 5, from 150 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cole Valley, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Conservatory of Flowers and University of California San Francisco. University of San Francisco and California Academy of Sciences are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Light Filled Loft-like Designer Flat Near Ocean, Golden Gate Park

Light Filled Loft-like Designer Flat Near Ocean, Golden Gate Park

774 40th Ave, San Francisco
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Richmond District, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Camera Obscura, Lands End Lookout, and California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Golden Gate Park and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$119
Rodeway Inn and Suites

Rodeway Inn and Suites

1234 Great Highway, San Francisco
3.0
of 5, from 171 reviews
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Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Camera Obscura, Lands End Lookout, and Golden Gate Park. University of California San Francisco and California Palace of the Legion of Honor are also within 3 mi (5 km).