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Top Parks and Gardens in San Francisco

Top Parks and Gardens in San Francisco

From San Francisco’s waterfront to the bird’s-eye views of Twin Peaks, this urban landscape is coupled with an amazing array of gardens and public parks. Residents and travelers to the worldwide destination can find respite from city life among the many natural wonders and historical sites. See below for our top picks.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Located at Fisherman's Wharf, the park specializes in the maritime history of San Francisco and the Pacific Coast. Be welcomed aboard several vessels on the Hyde Street Pier and see exhibits at the Maritime Museum, located inside the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building—the art deco construction was built to resemble an ocean liner. Hop on a Segway for a fun way to explore.

Golden Gate Park

Comparable to New York City’s Central Park in size and popularity, this 3-mile-long (4.8-kilometer-long) urban park spans some 40 city blocks to its western edge at Ocean Beach. Visitors can rent a boat at Stow Lake, observe tropical plants at the Conservatory of Flowers, stroll the Japanese Tea Garden, or visit the de Young Museum or California Academy of Sciences. Combine a sightseeing tour with an attraction pass for easy access.

Alamo Square

Alamo Square is most famous for its so-called Painted Ladies, candy-colored Victorian and Edwardian homes that are quite possibly the most photographed lineup in San Francisco. However, there’s a lot more to Alamo Square than Postcard Row. Stroll the renovated 12-acre (4-hectare) park, planted with trees and drought-tolerant plants, or take a seat on a park bench to admire the view.

Twin Peaks

Panoramic vistas plus diverse plant and animal life make this site a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Get there on a GoCar or double-decker bus, and be sure to leave enough time to explore. Nature lovers may spot endangered butterflies among the native lupine and nesting birds in the grasslands and coastal scrub. 

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Spanning beyond the city to include Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and more, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. An urban hike takes you from Crissy Field in the Presidio to the Palace of Fine Arts, or you can follow dedicated trails all the way to the Lands End Lookout. Hop-on hop-off buses, motorized cable cars, and rental bikes offer alternative ways to explore.

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$36.00
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Alcatraz and One Day Bike Rental

Alcatraz and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible 1-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 hours
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$88.99
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Go San Francisco Explorer Pass

Go San Francisco Explorer Pass

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With the San Francisco Explorer Pass you’ll save money on four San Francisco attractions within a 60-day period. Select four activities among a list of 20 sightseeing cruises, tours, museum admissions, and transportation in and around the city. Take advantage of discount offers at retailers and restaurants, and use your complimentary guidebook to help you independently explore the Bay Area at your own pace. No voucher redemption is required; simply save on your mobile phone and enjoy direct entry to attractions. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$61.00
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

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Enjoy two of San Francisco’s top activities in one day on this 6-hour combo experience that includes biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and transportation to Muir Woods National Monument (entrance fee not included). When you reach Sausalito at the end of your bike ride, just hop on a shuttle for the ride to the redwood trees of Muir Woods.
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  • 6 hours
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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

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Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this half-day urban adventure. With your small group, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide

Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. Enjoy routes that travel through Golden Gate Park and more. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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  • 3 hours
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$160.00
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San Francisco Private Tour by a Local

San Francisco Private Tour by a Local

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Discover the best of San Francisco on a customizable private 4-hour morning or afternoon tour in a luxury SUV. Your guide can access areas and neighborhoods where larger van tours are prohibited so that you take in highlights like crooked Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, Coit Tower, Marina Green or the expensive Sea Cliff neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
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$425.00
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San Francisco Photography Day Tour

San Francisco Photography Day Tour

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Experience San Francisco’s sights with a small group on a 4-hour photography tour. Travel in comfort in a luxury Land Rover, as you explore the city, stopping at iconic sights to take photos. Learn professional tips from your photographer guide and don’t worry about missing key landmarks or the hassles of driving and navigating with a well-planned itinerary. Your guide takes care of the logistics, and you take home some great photos.
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  • 3 hours
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$320.00
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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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  • 5 hours
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