SF Parks Overview

Golden Gate Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in SF

Parks in San Francisco are paradise…at least if you don’t mind a little fog now and then. It may be a small city, but it still manages to pack in a nice big assortment of parks with endless outdoor activities.

Golden Gate Park is the biggest of all San Francisco parks, and home to gardens, running paths, museums, sports facilities, buffalo, a golf course, and so much more that’s it’s hard to believe the entire area was sand dunes prior to its construction. Ocean Beach is windy and cold but incredibly beautiful, and easily accessed from the western edge of Golden Gate Park.

Over in the Marina, Aquatic Park is perfect for anyone looking to brave the frigid waters, while the nearby Presidio is a massive wooded area with phenomenal hiking trails, beaches, old military installations, and a gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Presidio is an absolute must for the views alone.

Deep inside San Francisco, meanwhile, Yerba Buena Gardens in SoMa has a beautiful waterfall installation and provides easy access to several top museums, while Mission Dolores Park is a small but inordinately popular SF park with events seemingly every day.

Although not technically a park in SF, Twin Peaks up the hill from Dolores has the best views in all the city, even if the most-photographed park award goes to Alamo Square Park, known the world over for its Postcard Row of Painted Ladies Victorian homes.

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