"Golden Gate Park" Golden Gate Park Tip by Dabs

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

  Japanese Gardens
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      Japanese Gardens
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  • Roses in the Botanic Garden - San Francisco
      Roses in the Botanic Garden
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  • Waterfall in Golden Gate Park - San Francisco
      Waterfall in Golden Gate Park
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  • Lounging bison - San Francisco
      Lounging bison
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      Dutch Windmill
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I was really looking forward to spending a day in Golden Gate Park checking out the sights, I researched renting bicycles and all the things you could do there but the weather was rather dreary and I wasn't feeling great so we ended up skipping the bike rental and walking through the entire length of the park which is 3 miles across and a 1/2 mile wide, we zigged and zagged a lot so all told we probably walked quite a bit more than 3 miles.

We started from the east side of the park where they were setting up for an Opera in the Park performance, we passed through the National AIDS memorial garden, took a peek at the Japanese garden although we passed on going in (small admission charge, free admission on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-10 am), through the botanic gardens (free) and then a long walk until we got to the bison paddock where we saw some lounging bison. The 1st bison were brought to the park in 1891 when they were practically extinct, now there's a thriving population in North America. Our final stop was at the Dutch windmill where they were having a wedding before heading on to see Ocean Beach and the Cliff House.

There's a ton more to see in the Park that we just didn't have time for, the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers and an abundance of recreational activities plus some seaonsal flower displays that weren't in bloom while we were there. SF Gate has a great rundown of all the things to do and see in the park and how best to get around

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.sfgov.org/site/recpark_page.asp?id=17796

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 14, 2009
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