"Golden Gate Park" Golden Gate Park Tip by goingsolo

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: 106 reviews and 206 photos

  Golden Gate Park
by goingsolo

Golden Gate Park is a huge city park with lakes, gardens and other attractions. According to the city tour guide, it is the largest municipal park in the United States, if that means anything to anyone.

The Japanese tea gardens and semi hidden Stow Lake are two of the best places to visit in the park. I thought the rose garden was pretty spectacular as well. Other highlights include the buffalo paddock was interesting but a bit out of place and seemingly cruel to the animals which are more suited to roaming the plains, Spreckels Lake and the AIDS memorial gardens. Due to limited time, I only made a brief stop here, which is another thing not to do while visiting San Francisco. This was one of the places that made me wish I could extend my trip. If you do visit, make sure to include time to explore a couple of the garden areas and the lakes.

The picture was taken near the botanical garden, another scenic spot to stop and walk around for a bit. It pales in comparison to the floral collections found elsewhere in the park, but it is still worth a stop.

JFK Drive runs through the park. A drive through is one way to hit some of the highlights. Although, as I mentioned above, this is a place to get out and explore, even if it means foregoing other activities. You may want to skip waiting in line for that ride on the cable car or watching cars switchback down Lombard Street if it means extra time to roam around this park.

Address: Area bounded by Lincoln, Fulton, Stanyan.
Directions: Between Great Highway, Lincoln Way, Stanyan St. and Fulton St.
Phone: 415 831-2700
Website: http://www.golden-gate-park.com/

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2005
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