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"Golden Gate Park" Golden Gate Park Tip by Saks_b

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: 105 reviews and 202 photos

In the late 1800s, John McLaren transformed more than 1,000 acres of sand dunes into a rolling landscaped oasis called the Golden Gate Park. The park consists of hundreds of gardens and attractions, such as Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, Strawberry Hill/Stow Lake and so on, attached by wooded paths and paved roads.

We visited the Japanese Tea Garden, here purple irises bloom in ponds filled with koi and sprays of heavenly bamboo arch over the paths. We posed on the ladder-like Moon Bridge, and had Jasmine tea served to by waitresses in kimonos and split-toed socks.

Then took a leisurely walk of the island known as Strawberry Hill, passing beneath little arched bridges, a waterfall, and a Japanese pagoda.

Other Activities:
Across from the tea garden is the California Academy of Sciences, which also houses the Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. You can ride a simulated earthquake here.

Just down the road at Stow Lake, it’s possible to rent bicycles or surreys to take you around the park. Or you can walk up to the boathouse and reserve a paddle or electric boat.

Address: Area bounded by Lincoln, Fulton, Stanyan.
Directions: Between Great Highway, Lincoln Way, Stanyan St. and Fulton St.
Phone: (415) 831-2700

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 8, 2004
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