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Alamo Square

Park, Playground, and Dog Run
Alamo Square, San Francisco
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  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 2, 2015
    Alamo Square Park is an essential stop in San Francisco for this stunning postcard view of the Painted Ladies, one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco.
  • Mr. Spotlight
    Mr. SpotlightMarch 21, 2016
    A small park on a hill overlooking the painted ladies with San Francisco's financial district in the background. Tennis courts and restrooms available in the middle of the park.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Given the right conditions and the right amount of wine, a party on a Sunday will make everyone say, 'Who needs Dolores?' Until summer comes, and then it's never warm in Alamo Square, like ever. Read more
  • Julia J.
    Julia JonesMay 24, 2013
    Check out the East half of the park for a great view of the Painted Ladies/downtown & the West half for a beautiful sunset! Then go back to the other side for a beautiful view of downtown at night!
  • Raven D.
    Raven DorantesSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    We get it, you want the Full House picture. Keep in mind the locals have probably had to take that pic 43 times before.. Be quick about it :) Before you cop a squat on the grass, check for dog poo.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 5, 2011
    In front of the row of Victorian “Painted Ladies” houses (made famous by the Full House opening sequence), but on nice days you can spy the ocean and the Bay from here. Read more
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodDecember 20, 2016
    This spot was under construction when I was there, but I'm sure it will be sweet when completed. I wanted to have a picnic 😞.
    Upvoted Jan 13
  • Ken M.
    Ken MarquisJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Every 1st and 3rd Thursdays and Saturdays of every month at 11am there's a free 90 minute neighborhood walking tour led by experienced volunteer docents of San Francisco City Guides. Fun AND Free! Read more
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 26, 2015
    After seeing the Harvey milk plaza, head down (up) to almo square. You can relax, eat and look at the beautiful ladies but also look at the view!
  • Luis A.
    Luis AugustoMarch 20, 2015
    Very touristy and crowded during the weekends, and the dog area is mostly a field of dirt with holes everywhere. On the weekdays it's quiet though and a great place to relax!
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends and wine. The southeast corner of the park has the best view and grass for lounging.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 26, 2014
    Neighborhood and park up-top a hill providing great views of the city. Checkout the Victorian homes that surround the park. Great spot if your a dog lover.
  • SF N.
    SF Neighborhood GuideApril 16, 2013
    You really can't beat the views of the city. Famous for the iconic opening shots in Full House, the park is perfect for hanging with friends and soaking up some sun. It's a dog lover's paradise.
  • Green P.
    Green PawzJune 7, 2012
    Hello Alamo Sq :) Green Pawz is SF's newest eco-friendly pet store offering self service and full service grooming. http://www.yelp.com/biz/green-pawz-pet-boutique-and-grooming-san-francisco
  • Dogs Gone Happy
    Dogs Gone HappyMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a great part for two reasons. First off, it is very dog friendly with an off leash area (not fenced in though). Secondly, it has some of the best SF skyline views that you can find.
  • Zahid Z.
    Zahid ZamanOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pop a beer, let your dog off the leash, play catch and enjoy the sunlight (while it lasts).
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Liz L.
    Liz LunaJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The legendary shoe garden that was located around the restrooms has been permanently removed by the city of San Francisco because the shoes were non-biodegradable and hazardous to the environment :(
  • Paul R.
    Paul RaySeptember 14, 2016
    Great view of the city and the Painted Ladies, but the whole park is currently under construction and is nothing but fenced off dirt. 😢
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PolettoMay 26, 2014
    Fun park in a cool neighborhood with a great view of the city on a clear day. You'll also see the Painted Ladies here!
  • Eduardo O.
    Eduardo OVOctober 10, 2014
    Super great view, nice to go for a picnic with a couple. You can bring your dog, but a little unsafe if it's not attached
  • Courtenay B.
    Courtenay BirdApril 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    You can see the top of the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day looking NW from the circular path at the center of the park.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 16, 2016
    We’ve told you a million times now, but we still can’t help singing the praises of the Painted Ladies (aka the Full House houses). Read more
  • Karen B.
    Karen BigosJuly 30, 2012
    Bring lunch and your camera to get the best view of the city by the bay - at Alamo Square Park.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BrambleySeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    This has to be one of the windiest places in the city. The Hayes Street wind tunnel often dumps fog all over the Square. Visit on a hot day when there's no wind, or come prepared with layers.
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BruningJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come people-watch all the Lower Pac residents read on the grass. Or as I call them, "Upper Crust Hippies".
  • Jean-Michel H.
    Jean-Michel HoffmanAugust 24, 2014
    Grab a sandwich at BiRite on Divis and walk over to the park for a gorgeous view of the city. It's a gem hidden away.
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroOctober 16, 2015
    Where you can relax and enjoy a picnic without the crowd of other parks.
  • Margot F.
    Margot FreyAugust 12, 2012
    The 29th Annual Alamo Square Flea Market is on this Saturday, August 18, 2012. It features great antiques, estate pieces, and handmade items. Check out it out from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
  • Valentine's Day Movie
    Valentine's Day MovieFebruary 2, 2010
    The Shoe Garden is a little-known locals’ secret. Make your way to the top of the park and look for a garden shed to find dozens of shoes with flowers or grass growing in them. #vday
  • Michal H.
    Michal HanischJune 8, 2014
    Totaly must see in San Francisco. Best square in the city, beautiful famous view on financial district.
  • Jacob M.
    Jacob MulliganAugust 10, 2014
    Nice place to hang out, great view of the city on a sunny day.
  • Leanne V.
    Leanne VanderbylJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    When the tourists ask you to snap their photo, make sure to tell them that Bob Saget lives in the Painted Lady on the left. Keep a straight face.
  • Liza P.
    Liza POctober 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best view of the city, and the perfect place for a weekend picnic or an evening meditation.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Walk up the hill in the park across the street for the best angle of both the houses and the skyline.
  • arash m.
    arash mAugust 11, 2012
    On a sunny summer day this is a great place to learn about the dragon flies & the bees
  • Igor R.
    Igor RuchkaAugust 21, 2013
    Good place to read a book. Get a sunbath and enjoy the view of SF and painted ladies. Favorite spot!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly StrodlSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Painted ladies and breathtaking view of Russian Hill / Downtown from the east side. Another beautiful view and dog park of the west - more fog though.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica Wickham3 weeks ago
    Currently has restoration work going on with most of the park out of bounds. Still worth a visit for the view
  • David T.
    David ThornellAugust 26, 2012
    A good hangout spot in the park. The painted ladies are amazing! Great place for views over San Francisco.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RappaportAugust 16, 2014
    Beautiful views and great dog play area. Enough space and friendly dogs and people.
  • Abood A.
    Abood AbussaudMarch 22, 2015
    One of the best parks in town.. It has the painted ladies.. Beautiful view as well
  • AJ
    AJMarch 16, 2014
    Grab a cup of Joe at the mill and enjoy whilst sitting on the grass taking it all in... Bring layers
  • Betty
    BettySeptember 29, 2013
    Forget the painted ladies. Great park to bask under the sun and take in the views.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 5, 2015
    Scenic view of the painted ladies and a perfect place for a picnic and some drinks
  • Julia J.
    Julia JonesMay 19, 2013
    If you are trying to find the shoe garden, you won't find it. They tore it down when they were planning on remodeling the restrooms.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CrossMarch 29, 2010
    Jogging a couple laps around the path is a huge workout. The hills make it feel like you've run for miles. Great way to get a tough workout in a short time.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The main dog areas are on the western half of the park, away from the tourists.
  • Ja V
    Ja VNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good view of the painted ladies. Nice place to bask in the sun!
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyJune 1, 2015
    Beautiful views, Painted Ladies, and Sutro Tower.
  • Fi V.
    Fi VeiNovember 9, 2015
    Nice park with great views of the financial district.
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