Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Mission Dolores Park, better known as just Dolores Park, packs a lot of action into its two-block stretch – and the diversity of its visitors is often a perfect snapshot of San Francisco’s eclectic citizenry. Warm afternoons find the grassy knolls and undulating hills covered in sunbathers, as clusters of athletes take ... more
In-between 18th and 20th Streets
and Dolores and Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Party Earth Review A heavily guarded military post for more than two hundred years, The Presidio and its dense forests, myriad paths, and stunning views were turned over to the public in 1994, and now attract an estimated five million visitors every year. The mixed-use park is a favorite for cyclists who whizz through the canopies of eucalyptus ... more
Roughly bounded by Lyon Street
and the Pacific Ocean
San Francisco, CA 94129
Party Earth Review Although Union Square’s name technically refers to its 1850s-era beginnings as a place where pro-Union rallies were held prior to the Civil War, today it is better known for its surrounding blocks full of shopping options, live theater, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Six department stores, including high ... more
Between Stockton and Powell Streets
and Post and Geary Streets
San Francisco, CA 94108
Party Earth Review Located in the city’s official Little Italy – and often called “North Beach’s Living Room” – the block-wide Washington Square is a popular oasis for everyone from artists, pet owners, and families to students, neighborhood locals, and groups of Tai Chi practitioners from nearby Chinatown. Hourly chiming bells from the ornate ... more
Between Stockton to Powell Streets
and Filbert to Union Streets
San Francisco, CA 94133
Party Earth Review With eight lakes, two major museums, celebrated gardens, and an abundance of outdoor activities, Golden Gate Park is an idyllic getaway for the more than thirteen million people who pass through every year, looking for a retreat from the urban crunch. Outstripping New York’s Central Park by 174 acres, the park’s three ... more
Between Stanyan Street to the east
and Great Highway to the west,
and Fulton Street to the north
and Lincoln Way to the south
San Francisco, CA 94118
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.