Golden Gate Park

501 Stanyan St (btwn Fulton St & Lincoln Way), San Francisco, CA 94117
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Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape but 20% larger than Central Park in New York, to which it is often compared.


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  • "Make sure to visit the Conservatory of Flowers, the oldest Victorian greenhouse in the..." (2 tips)
  • "... in the middle of Stow lake, a popular spot for couples to picnic...." (6 tips)
  • "Japanese Tea Garden and Stow Lake are both wonderful. You could..." (5 tips)
  • (RED)

    Did this landmark turn (RED) on World AIDS Day? Read more

    (RED) · December 30, 2010
  • Sony

    For all the Golden Gate runners in the park, although tempted to start out on pavement, try warming up on park grass in a 5-10 minute pre-run. Read more

    Sony · October 24, 2012
  • Valentine's Day Movie

    Rent a boat and paddle to the top of the island in the middle of Stow lake, a popular spot for couples to picnic. #vday

    Valentine's Day Movie · February 2, 2010
  • National Wildlife Federation

    Dig birding? See everything from Great Blue Herons to an Orange Crowned Warbler at Golden Gate Park!

  • Kelly S.

    Huge Ginormously Beautiful Park. So much to do, to see - botanical gardens, dog parks, museums, gardens, bison, lovely cruising ride to the ocean, or anywhere in the city, esp on a Sunday - no cars.

    Kelly S. · September 9, 2011
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 - Reader's Poll - BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS

    SF Weekly · May 19, 2011
  • American Express

    Amex Travel tip: visit the Conservatory of Flowers to see the world’s largest collection of orchids (700+ species). The first Tuesday of every month is free!

    American Express · June 22, 2011
  • Dora

    When the park opened, it was a "free-range zoo" with bison, bears, elk, goats, and more. The quirky Buffalo Paddock still exists. Check your park map for its location.Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Grizzly C.

    see the buffalo

    Grizzly C. · April 1, 2010
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    A secret gem of Golden Gate Park is the Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers, located near the Japanese Tea Garden. Inspired by the masterworks of the famous playwright, the garden has over 200 flowers.

    The Ritz-Carlton · February 20, 2013
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 - Reader's Poll - BEST JOG

    SF Weekly · May 19, 2011
  • nina a.

    Feed a duck!

    nina a. · April 14, 2009
  • Julie P.

    Go to Stow Lake. You can walk around the lake, hike up the hill for beautiful city views, or rent paddle boats. There are a lot of social squirrels, which is why our dog drags us there regularly.

    Julie P. · January 24, 2010
  • chris a.

    On Sundays, the streets in the park are closed to traffic. It's a great place to ride a bike, walk, relax outside of the conservatory of flowers, or listen to live concerts at the music concourse.

    chris a. · June 28, 2010
  • David L.

    Roller skating, lawnbowling, drum circles, the country's first public playground, buffalo, boating -- pick an activity and go for it!

    David L. · December 9, 2011

    Rent a boat or a bike at Stow Lake for some added park entertainment. · September 10, 2011
  • Siobhan Q.

    On Sundays they close the road to traffic so you can let your dog off leash without fear of cars!

    Siobhan Q. · August 13, 2011
  • Cameo W.

    Ride the carousel.

    Cameo W. · April 27, 2009
  • Danny N.

    Great place for running

    Danny N. · May 12, 2010
  • Michael S.

    walk it.

    Michael S. · March 31, 2009
  • Benedict C.

    If you're patient enough, you can find free street parking. Be aware of whether you park in 2 or 4 hour parking.

    Benedict C. · August 23, 2011
  • Nick M.

    Great place to chill with some friends and your choice of recreational drug

    Nick M. · August 30, 2010
  • Gena P.

    ride the concrete slide.

    Gena P. · May 16, 2010
  • Fatima

    bring a jacket. it gets really cold!!!

    Fatima · August 9, 2010
  • Amy

    It's an 8 mile loop from the beginning of the panhandle to the ocean and back on JFK!

    Amy · July 9, 2010
  • sfBirdie

    People-watched during the Haight Street Festival. Very interesting characters, indeed.

    sfBirdie · August 10, 2009
  • Linde AG

    Oxygen was not present in the primitive atmosphere of the earth. The 21% O2 of today's air were formed in the course of evolution by photosynthesis of algae, this made life on the mainland possible. Read more

    Linde AG · June 14, 2013
  • Remiel

    Prepare to be disappointed. Looks absolutely nothing like the bridge.

    Remiel · May 6, 2012
  • Yoplait

    Did you know this park was once filled with wild sand dunes? Now this hilly park has plenty of lakes meadows and roads to explore – as well as the world’s largest collection of orchids!

    Yoplait · September 6, 2011
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST PUBLIC ART MINDFUCKThe ingenious gentleman Don Quixote & his trusty squire, Sancho Panza, done up in elaborate finery… Read more

    SF Weekly · May 24, 2011
  • Florence Antonette R.

    One big amazing park with a great variety of activities to choose from. This past summer I was able to attend a free concert which Dash Board Confessional and Colbie Caillat performed.

    Florence Antonette R. · December 23, 2009
  • Charlie Y.

    Walk on the right side of the pavement

    Charlie Y. · January 7, 2012
  • Kevin H.

    Make sure to visit the Conservatory of Flowers, the oldest Victorian greenhouse in the country.

    Kevin H. · January 2, 2012
  • Henry (DJ Apollo) K.

    Go to the end of GGP. There you will find the legendary windmills, and Ocean Beach with surfers, miles of beach, and the Beach Chalet with microbrewery and dining overlooking the Pacific. Read more

    Henry (DJ Apollo) K. · December 12, 2009
  • Benjamin R.

    Run your ass off at 6am at boot camp.

    Benjamin R. · November 22, 2009
  • Jenee L.

    Play bocce in Golden Gate Park and have a wine and takeout picnic.

    Jenee L. · November 14, 2009
  • Carlos A.

    Bomb Golden Gate Park on your mountain bike. Enjoy a beverage at Beach Chalet along the way.

    Carlos A. · August 3, 2009
  • Bisser D.

    The bridge is not here

    Bisser D. · February 13
  • Russell Allen E.

    What did the mom buffalo say to her kid when he left? ... BISON.

    Russell Allen E. · September 10, 2012
  • Travel + Leisure

    Take the kids on an evening “haunted tour” of Stow Lake—legend has it a woman drowned here more than a century ago and still makes spooky appearances.

    Travel + Leisure · July 30, 2012
  • Jake S.

    Check out the Dutch Windmill!

    Jake S. · July 10, 2012
  • Katharine R.

    In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home the crew "park" their stolen Klingon ship in the park, but the scenes were actually filmed at Will Rogers State Historic Park near Los Angeles. Read more

    Katharine R. · December 27, 2011
  • 24 Hour Fitness

    Golden Gate Park is one of the most beautiful place to run in San Francisco. For a great route around the park, check out:

    24 Hour Fitness · November 29, 2011
  • Scoutmob

    Golden Gate Park was once referred to as the "outside lands." Oh, now we get it.

    Scoutmob · November 28, 2011
  • Renato V.

    My favorite running spot.

    Renato V. · October 10, 2011
  • Kate K.

    a nice place to get away from it all

    Kate K. · June 20, 2010
  • Brian B.

    The Druids come here and arrange stones in spirals and circles. Sometimes they leave food out for the animals. Sometimes they leave candles burning and then the park gardener freaks out. Fire bad.

    Brian B. · April 26, 2010
  • Travel + Leisure

    A must-visit not only for its Herzog & de Meuron–designed de Young Museum but also for lesser-known gems such as the Victorian-era Conservatory of Flowers and a paddock for rare American bison.

    Travel + Leisure · September 27, 2013
  • Pacific Union

    Take the kids for a bike ride (or go rollerskating) on a Sunday, when portions of the park are closed to cars. Or visit a world-class museum or the famed Botanical Garden.

    Pacific Union · September 4, 2013
  • Jesús G.

    Precioso, piérdete en su inmensidad

    Jesús G. · January 3

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