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Golden Gate Park

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501 Stanyan St (btwn Fulton St & Lincoln Way), San Francisco, CA 94117, United States
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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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    "academy of science museum"(8 Tips)
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    "Museums, rose gardens, trails, Outside Lands, ponds."(5 Tips)
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    "Stow lake is the hidden gem! Lovely place :) if nyc..."(7 Tips)
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  • SFist

    It's got its faults and some sketchy characters, but it's THE park of SF, period. It's got it all: stadium, conservatory, and some of the finest patches of grass on which to trip your balls off. Read more

    SFist · August 3, 2014
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  • Fodor's Travel

    Golden Gate Park is a large manmade park full of forests, lakes, gardens, and museums. The weekend is prime time to visit because it’s car-free on Saturdays and Sundays. Read more

    Fodor's Travel · January 28
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  • 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
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  • Athonia C.

    During HSB There's paid Parking at 17th & Cabrillo at the elementary school there. It costs $30/car. 100% of the proceeds go to the elementary school. Always bring blankets, buds, booze & sun screen!

    Athonia Cappelli · October 3, 2015
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  • Mike C.

    So many things to do here! Visit the bison paddock, Cal Academy of Science, deYoung Museum. Best explored by bike. Fun fact: GG Park is the largest park in America, larger than Central Park in NYC.

    Mike Campton · August 2, 2012
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  • Party Earth

    Thursday nights after 6pm feature NightLife! $12 gets you access to a 21+ event where you can wander the exhibits and aquariums with a drink, watch a live band or DJ, and enjoy various theme nights. Read more

    Party Earth · July 25, 2012
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  • Broadcom

    Looking to connect to all the great stuff at GG Park without spending a dime? The Conservatory of Flowers is free 1st Tuesday of the month and Academy of Sciences is free 3rd Wednesday of the month.

    Broadcom · January 6, 2012
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  • Ramada Worldwide

    This is one place that you can't pass up on your San Francisco visit. Between the stunning views, outdoor recreation, shows (like Outsidelands!) & more, it's an oasis is the city atmosphere of SF. Read more

    Ramada Worldwide · August 15, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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 Strodl · September 9, 2011
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  • 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 Price · January 24, 2010
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  • I Wanna Go There

    two hours I spent in this park were two of the most delightful hours I'd spent in all of San Francisco. it's so massive (the park covers 1,017 acres) that you can easily get away from everything. Read more

    I Wanna Go There · October 27, 2011
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  • Priscilla L.

    Golden Gate Park is recreational heaven. For bikers, walkers, runners, roller skaters, etc.: take advantage of the whole eastern half of JFK Drive when it's closed to traffic on Sundays.

    Priscilla Leung · May 13, 2015
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  • 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 ParentsConnect.com Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
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  • Lawrence Axil C.

    One of the most beautiful & magical spots in GG Park is Lloyd Lake. Watch the ducks flying and swimming, and turtles and fish, and fog and mist too! Near Fulton & 26th (& the Disk Golf Course). Read more

    Lawrence Axil Comras · July 18, 2010
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  • Wilson F.

    Incredibly well kept park, especially in view of San Francisco's often shabby public cleaning standards. A lovely park to take in some culture or go for a long stroll or bike ride.

    Wilson Favre-Delerue · 3 weeks ago
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  • Dylan K.

    Largest man-made park in the world! Really cool paths in the woods (especially the unpaved ones). Many interesting sights to see and never boring, no matter how many times you've been!

    Dylan Kemp · November 5, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Imran A.

    If the fog hasn't rolled in, GG Park is a thing of beauty. Take a run, walk, enjoy outsidelands. IF you need to get around use UBER app. If you use the code: UBERNEF you get $20 on your first ride!

    Imran Ahmed · April 6, 2014
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  • 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 Brantner · April 26, 2010
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  • Zack T.

    Next to Central Park NYC, I don't think there's any other park that comes close then Golden Gate Park. It's a beautiful oasis in a city.

    Zack Thompson · 2 weeks ago
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  • Amy L.

    Such a wonderful park! So many different places to explore-Shakespeare Garden, Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Gardens...plus the Cal Academy of Sciences, and the DeYoung Museum.

    Amy Le Roi · August 1, 2014
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  • Alex J.

    Epic free views from the top of the deYoung tower. Then head east on the Fulton side of the park about 4 blocks and check out the roller skaters at the skate zone. Most skate steez weekend afternoons

    Alex Jelinek · August 13, 2011
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  • Robert W.

    Great place to go for a run. If you do it east to west you can end at the beach and there are plenty of sites and places to rest along the way.

    Robert Williams · June 27, 2015
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  • 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
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  • Westfield S.

    See San Francisco in a whole new light under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Our FREE 3D light spectacular starts every night at 5pm! For more info visit us on Facebook!

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  • 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 adkins · June 28, 2010
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  • Samantha M.

    If you are looking for food nearby the academy of science, walk over to the velo rouge cafe or take the #5 a few stops inland to reach the best food ever.

    Samantha McDuffee · January 14, 2012
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  • Allen F.

    lovely grove of redwoods across JFK from the backside of the deYoung Museum -- for those times you just don't want to go all the way to Muir Woods!

    Allen Foster · May 13, 2012
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  • S_J L.

    Stow lake is the hidden gem! Lovely place :) if nyc has central park, san francisco has golden gate park. Heart of a beautiful city.Fantastic♥

    S_J L · December 7, 2013
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  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Surprise Jazz. It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re strolling through Golden Gate Park, near John F. Kennedy Drive and the Conservatory of Flo.. Read more

    SF Weekly · May 30, 2012
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  • Bob

    If you have small children,beware the creepy guys cruising for male prostitutes near the windmill. You do not want to walk in on anything that'll scar your kids for life.

    Bob · August 10, 2014
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  • San Francisco SAFE

    Park safety tips: go with a friend; carry identification, but leave valuables at home; dress in reflective or light colored clothing; stay aware of your surroundings. More information at SFSAFE. Read more

    San Francisco SAFE · August 31, 2011
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  • Abby C.

    Went to the academy of science and then walked around after. Science museum was interesting but average at some points. The park itself however is beautiful!

    Abby C · July 1, 2015
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  • Spare the Air a.

    The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival is going on at Golden Gate Park Friday through Sunday. Parking is always crazy in the park so taking public transportation is highly recommended. Read more

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  • 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
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  • 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) Kielarowski · December 12, 2009
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  • Mariela G.

    Be careful when parking in the street. We found our glass broken and our belongings stolen yesterday in Kezar Dr, 200 meters from the police station

    Mariela Ghirardi · January 2, 2015
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  • Shomir D.

    SO many hidden treasures in this pary. Take you're time to explore! Great views, boating, skater dance crews, concerts et al!

    Shomir Dutt · October 26, 2014
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  • Helio M.

    Great place to spend a day! Bring. Your family there's lots of space and attractions for them :)

    Helio Medeiros · 3 weeks ago
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  • Aleksey

    A clean, accurate and beautiful park. Enjoy the piece of nature in the city! There are many different gardens, picnic grounds.

    Aleksey · December 5, 2015
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  • Rob P.

    Need anything be said? It's simply an awesomely beautiful place to take some memorable photos in San Francisco with the timeless awesome landmark in the background.

    Rob Phillips · January 30, 2012
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  • Matt L.

    The local neighborhood park with famous museums and attractions. Love Outside Lands in the park every year. It's bigger than Central Park.

    Matt Lew · August 23, 2015
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  • Nnenniqua

    One of my favorite parks! Museums, rose gardens, trails, Outside Lands, ponds. Great for running ( a few half marathons and marathons go through the park), walking, and biking.

    Nnenniqua · August 25, 2015
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  • Spare the Air a.

    Don't forget the Castro Street Fair and the Italian Heritage Parade at Fisherman's Wharf, both on Sunday. Take public transit into the City to avoid traffic. Read more

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  • Simon R.

    Beautiful Park. It's huge. You can easily spend a whole day (or more) discovering all the little treats hidden in it.

    Simon Rojas · January 10
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  • Mabel G.

    Visit the Japanese Tea Gardens, truly lovely pathways lead you to, fragrant flowers, miniature trees and bronze statues.

    Mabel Guzman · April 10, 2013
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  • 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
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  • David L.

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

    David Lytle · December 9, 2011
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  • 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
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