Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park
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The third most visited park in the United States, this green urban space has plenty of gardens, wildlife, museums, and art to enjoy.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • NewarkGin
    Newark, Delaware105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific Park
    We arrived early on a Friday and parked in the garage; we’d seen and heard about so many car break ins that we were afraid to park on the street. I wish we had a few days to visit the various components but settled for walking the length just to enjoy the scope of it and the beautiful trees and flowers. I think it needs better signage at almost every intersection.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Fraser N
    Glasgow, United Kingdom237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looked Amazing from the Bus
    We didn't hop off but passed through the park as part of the hop on hop off bus tour. Park is very large and looked well cared for. There are food options available and a ferris wheel too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Marie V
    Diksmuide, Belgium1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous green place
    I visited the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in May 2023. I visited the Park with some friends. The Golden Gate Park is a gorgeous place to visit. It's an absolute must-see and it's advisable to visit the Golden Gate Park if you're a plant lover as the Park has over 5000 species. Plan on spending a few hours there since the park is huge. I would recommend to take the bike rentals with children because it can be really exhausting trying to walk everything on foot. It was a nice place to take pictures with my friends and it's definitely worth the effort. It's just one of those things that you have to visit while visiting San Francisco. There's no need to bring a jacket as the Park has three inside museums. I would advise to wear a jacket when it's rainy or cold though because a large part of the Park is outside.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
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mesatraveler
Mesa, AZ1,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
You simply can't miss the Golden Gate Bridge and this is the best spot to wander at your own pace. Cross the bridge by car or on foot, then take in the scene from the park.
Written 15 October 2023
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Upon entering the park at the 10th Ave entrance, we saw the green bench where we could wait for the free shuttle which would take us to all of the spots in the park we had come to see - the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Rose Garden, Botanic Gardens. The shuttle's route (a map with its stops) and timing at each spot (every 15 min on weekends) was available on their website which helped us in planning our visit. The shuttle was a very convenient and quick way to get to the Conservatory of Flowers which is furthest away from the centrally located art gallery, science center, and Japanese Tea Garden - a distance I wouldn't have wanted to walk.

In October, the Dahlia Garden put on a good show of a variety of bloom types and colors, but one has to know where at the Conservatory this area is located as it is not "front and center". This stop was a highlight for me. We didn't enter the Conservatory ($7, senior rate), but would have popped in for a short visit had it been free. Washrooms (free) were conveniently located outside the Conservatory to the left. Beds of annuals (fibrous begonias and foxgloves) in front of the Conservatory were showy, but I expected to see more beds of flowering annuals and perennials on these grounds.

The Japanese Tea Gardens ($7 senior rate) was overpriced for this small, but attractive garden. We spent under 30 minutes walking a narrow paved walkway around a picturesque pond to look up to 2 tall red buildings nestled among the trees now showing a touch of autumn red on their leaves. We circled back to the tea house and gift shop and exit. Washrooms were available only after paying the entrance fee as where eats in their Tea House. Eats were expensive - a plate of assorted fortune and other cookies was $7 and tea was $5.50.
The art gallery (a fee) did have a cafe with a free entrance from the park. Tea/coffee in the cafeteria style casual eatery was $3.50 with boxed ready made salads, sandwiches just under $10. Although there were food carts in the park, each seemed to focus on selling hot dogs ($7 at one cart), chip bags, water and pop ($2.50).
The green formal garden in front of the art gallery is mainly a photo stop where the central fountain and view of the ferris wheel are of interest. Even the ferris wheel, which offered enclosed glassed cabins and 2 benches to seat 4ish people, was expensive ($25) as was the science center.

The Rose Garden (free) in October would be a visit to miss as it needs quite a bit of attention - weeds in beds, old rusty horticulture signs barely readable, beds with dead rose plants, roses needed dead-heading, lawn between the rose beds needed mowing. Some roses were re-blooming, but not enough to warrant a visit. However, walking thru the Rose Garden sidewalk did lead to our bus 28 stop across the road for a ride back to Fisherman's Wharf/Pier area.

Although we didn't enter the Botanic Garden (another $7 senior rate), it did look, from its entrance, as though it would be a worthwhile visit for the $7.
I was surprised that every major garden in the park that I wanted to visit had an entrance fee. Even with a discounted senior's rate, these entrance fees would add up to an expensive day out. The free shuttle was thus a surprise.

We used local buses to get to the park from the cruise pier 27. It was fun to take the Powell/Mason Street trolley ($8) to Market St and then Bus 5 ($1.50 srs) to the 10th Ave Park entrance. Note Bus 5R from Market Street doesn't run on weekends. Bus 28 also goes to the park from the pier and returns on the same route - just under 1 hr ride each way.

A day out in this park can get expensive so plan what you really want to see and use the free shuttle bus to get around the park.
Written 13 October 2023
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Marie V
Diksmuide, Belgium1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
I visited the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in May 2023. I visited the Park with some friends. The Golden Gate Park is a gorgeous place to visit. It's an absolute must-see and it's advisable to visit the Golden Gate Park if you're a plant lover as the Park has over 5000 species. Plan on spending a few hours there since the park is huge. I would recommend to take the bike rentals with children because it can be really exhausting trying to walk everything on foot. It was a nice place to take pictures with my friends and it's definitely worth the effort. It's just one of those things that you have to visit while visiting San Francisco. There's no need to bring a jacket as the Park has three inside museums. I would advise to wear a jacket when it's rainy or cold though because a large part of the Park is outside.
Written 3 October 2023
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Brad
Albuquerque, NM372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Talk about huge! We rode bikes through this huge park from top to bottom. It was a long, beautiful ride. It is full of so many great things to see.
Written 10 September 2023
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Julia H
Burlington, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This park is definitely gorgeous! It’s well kept, the grass is nice and the flowers and plants are beautiful. There is a bus that goes straight into the park so it’s easy to get in and out. It wasn’t too crowded at all when we went. We realized that there was three main attractions in the park, a greenhouse of some sort, a science centre/museum, and the Japanese tea garden. I’m going to do a separate review if the tea garden because it was magnificent oh my god!! You could buy a pass that allowed entry into all three attractions, or buy a single pass for each of the ones you wanted to do. We payed around 37$ each for the science centre and it honestly wasn’t really worth it, it’s definitely meant for kids and we overall regretted visiting that. All in all, the park was run super efficiently and the Japanese tea garden was just breath taking, I would go there everyday if I could. It also had an admission fee of around 25$ I believe.
Written 5 September 2023
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Fraser N
Glasgow, UK237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We didn't hop off but passed through the park as part of the hop on hop off bus tour. Park is very large and looked well cared for. There are food options available and a ferris wheel too.
Written 23 August 2023
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Sonja P
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A wonderful urban space - second to Central Park NYC in area but miles ahead in beauty. The JFK Promenade is gorgeous. The Dahlia Garden - spectacular! There’s a free shuttle service that runs about every 20 mins and gives you a touch of adjoining Haight-Ashbury. You’ll be lucky to ride the ‘happy bus’ with SHEILA , a relief driver. Amazing personality. Loves people, loves her job. What a gem!! Events this weekend include concert headliners such as Kendrick Lamar and the annual AidsWalk. Other attractions - a Natural History museum, a conservatory and the deYong.
Written 13 August 2023
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Golden Gate Park is huge! A lovely place to traipse around, take in the beauty of the place & gather a collection of views / clicks.
Written 5 August 2023
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sonderlufte
Surprise, AZ65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Don"t miss the California Science Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden within the park. Both are exceptional.
Written 30 June 2023
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It’s a lovely big park akin to Central Park in New York. However I was disappointed that there was an entrance fee to many places. For that reason we skipped a lot of the attractions. It’s a good place to cycle through though and not too busy traffic wise.
Written 27 June 2023
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