"An ocean of green in San Francisco" Golden Gate Park Tip by Jefie

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

  The colors of Golden Gate Park
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      The colors of Golden Gate Park
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  • Shakespeare Garden at Golden Gate Park - San Francisco
      Shakespeare Garden at Golden Gate Park
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      At the Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park
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  • Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, Golden Gate Park - San Francisco
      Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, Golden Gate Park
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If green spaces are few and far between in San Francisco, one could say that Golden Gate Park does its best to make up for it! Created at the end of the 19th century, the park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. One of the main inspirations for Golden Gate Park was New York City's Central Park, which had just been completed a few years before. However, Golden Gate Park is considerably larger, leaving enough room for such features as the Japanese Tea Garden, a Shakespeare Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, an arboretum, and two large museums: the California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum.

Because we were a bit pressed for time, we only had time to cover the eastern part of the park, but that was sufficient to give us a pretty good hint as to what hidden wonders one might discover in this beautiful park. The Shakespeare Garden, in which all the plants mentioned in the English playwright's works are grown, was small but delightful, as were the little walking trails winding through the park. Several monuments dedicated to famous writers and musicians are spread throughout Golden Gate Park, such as the one to Cervantes which I spotted as we were exiting the park.

Because it is so big, I think you could spend several days at the park and you still would not have seen everything it has to offer. Next time I'll make sure to rent a bike or use the shuttle service to see more of Golden Gate Park!

Address: 501 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Directions: Area bounded by Lincoln, Fulton and Stanyan St.
Phone: (415) 831-2700
Website: http://www.golden-gate-park.com/

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2009
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