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The 1,000-plus acres (412 hectares) of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park are home to museums, picnic sites, lakes, golf, hiking and biking paths, concerts, and more. From the attraction-laden east end to the wilder west side where bison roam, the park offers plenty of ways to relax, get a culture fix, exercise, or gather with friends.
 
The Basics
Sitting between the Richmond and Sunset districts, Golden Gate Park stretches about 50 blocks across San Francisco from Ocean Beach on the western edge to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. The de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences are the two main cultural institutions (with entrance fees) and sit conveniently near each other at the Music Concourse. The Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Shakespeare Garden, National AIDS Memorial Grove, and Stow Lake are other popular attractions in this tourist-heavy section of the park. Moving west toward the Pacific Ocean, the park spreads out with more trails (both paved and dirt), a 9-hole golf course, disc golf, meadows that host annual music festivals, windmills, and even a bison paddock. Park Segway tours and bike rentals are the top ways to explore.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Free street parking is available around the park in some locations, and a parking garage is set near the de Young and California Academy of Sciences.
  • John F. Kennedy Drive is closed on Sundays and holidays from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive. It’s also closed on Saturdays from April through September from 8th Avenue to Transverse Drive.
  • Roads inside the park close occasionally for special events; signs will be posted.
  • Food and drinks can be found at the de Young Café, the Beach Chalet, the California Academy Café, and the Stow Lake Boathouse, as well as at snack stands.
 
How to Get There
The No. 5 bus on the city’s Muni network stops at entrances to the park on the northern edge, along Fulton Street. Taxis and ride-sharing vehicles are allowed to pull up in front of the de Young and California Academy of Sciences for drop-off only.
 
When to Get There
San Francisco offers mild weather most of the year, so the park is enjoyable nearly every day (just be sure to wear layers). Music lovers may want to visit for the annual Outside Lands Music Festival in August or the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October. Beware the city’s famous fog, affectionately known as Karl, which rolls in from the ocean in July and August, giving San Francisco its chilly summers.
 
The Golden Gate Park Bison Paddock
The most unusual thing about this city park is its bison paddock, home to a herd of American bison since the 1890s. Stumbling upon the animals is a delightful surprise for many visitors who make it to the western section of the park. To find the meadow, head along John F. Kennedy Drive just west of Spreckels Lake. Hopefully you’ll catch them near the fence, but know that they’re not always in view.
Address: Fell and Stanyan Streets, San Francisco 94118, USA
Hours: Daily. Closed (except for through traffic) 10pm-6am
Admission: Free
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Hidden Gardens and 16th Avenue / 16 Avenue Tiled Steps Urban Hike

Hidden Gardens and 16th Avenue / 16 Avenue Tiled Steps Urban Hike

A short hike with amazing views and riveting stories. Though only 2 miles in length, this gorgeous walking tour of San Francisco's hidden stairways is breathtaking. See gorgeous mosaic tiled steps and vistas that most San Franciscans don't even know exist. You'll also discover beautiful neighborhoods that tourists rarely see. Enjoy the view and get some history along the way.
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Bucket List Tour of San Francisco

Bucket List Tour of San Francisco

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The Highlights of San Francisco Bike Tour

The Highlights of San Francisco Bike Tour

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This guided tour takes about 4 hours, including various stops near essential attractions while our guides provide in-depth narration and stop for photo opportunities at famous sights and hidden gems throughout the tour.
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

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See San Francisco on two wheels during this guided e-bike tour starting in North Beach, a buzzing neighborhood known for its sidewalk restaurants and nightlife. Access locations in the city that tour buses can't, enjoying a variety of photo ops across multiple locations. Take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, explore Golden Gate Park, and gain insight into the city's history and places to visit later on foot.
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Small-Group Walking Tour in Golden Gate Park and the Haight

Small-Group Walking Tour in Golden Gate Park and the Haight

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GoCar San Francisco Tour

GoCar San Francisco Tour

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Ride a GoCar all over San Francisco as it navigates for you and provides a guided tour. Take as long as you like to explore the city with a storytelling car as your guide — what Time Magazine has called "one of the coolest inventions of the year." Let this tiny car show you what the city is all about, learn about its history and visit sites like the Presidio, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Pick up your car at one of two convenient locations: Union Square or Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf.
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All-Day Union Square Bike Rental

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Driving around San Francisco can be hard with the city’s busy traffic and hard-to-find parking spaces. Opt to explore the city by bike instead with this Union Square bike rental package. Along with your bike, you’ll get a helmet, lock, water-bottle holder, and map to make your experience one of the best. Plus, your trip will be catered around what you want to do and your own time.
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Golden Gate Park Bike Tour

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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

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Alcatraz Island Visit 3 great bus tours on one value ticket! Official City Tour + Sausalito Tour + Night Tour. FREE Madame Tussauds entrance ticket included. FREE Walking Tour included. Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off usage for 48 hours. 24 Stops along the way. See all major sites of San Francisco. Explore the city at your own leisure. Major Highlights: Downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island, and much more.
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San Francisco MEGA PASS - Chose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Activities

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Choose 3, 4 or 5 tours, attractions or museums from the list provided of the most popular things to do in San Francisco Up to 50% savings compared to separate purchases See San Francisco at your own leisure
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Quick San Francisco City Tour - 4 hr Private Tour

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