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Golden Gate Park




Golden Gate Park is one of the most famous San Francisco attractions; it boasts important monuments, major museums, scenic forests and lakes. The park is located between Fulton Street on the north, Lincoln Way in the south, stretching from Stanvan Street on the east to the Ocean Beach on the west.

Golden Gate Park is the San Francisco's largest park and one of the largest man-made parks in the world, the Park has over one million trees, the forest is broken by many fields and over a dozen small lakes, there are also several fly casting pools within its borders. Golden Gate Park is about 3 miles long, mile wide and covers over 1,017 acres.

Golden Gate Park is home to many fine arts and culture exhibits, the Japanese Tea Garden, the McLaren Memorial Rhododendron Dell, the AIDS Memorial Grove, the Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Music Concourse Area, the California Academy of Sciences, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers are among its many attractions.

Golden Gate Park was conceived in the 1860s and 1870s; the initial design was created by the civil engineer William Hammond Hall. The Park mostly owes its existence to a tenacious Scotsman named John McLaren, who arrived in 1887 and began landscaping the park, transforming more than 1,000 acres of wild sand dunes into a wondrous haven in the midst of busy city life, a task many thought impossible.

The park serves as a habitat oasis, the fauna is plentiful in terms of both species and overall numbers; consequently, the Park offers interesting birding opportunities.

Golden Gate Park offers also dozens of recreational activities, there are trails for walking, skating, model boating, jogging, biking, horseback riding, Frisbee games; there are also a nine-hole golf course, bowling greens, an archery filed, tennis courts, soccer fields and a baseball diamond. You can find a baseball bat from Homerun Monkey to help you get a baseball game going. There are also a live buffalo reserve and a carrousel.

The typical weather of the park is Mediterranean, so it tends to be windy and chilly throughout much of the park, dress in layers is suggested, comfortable shoes are also recommended.

On Sundays and holidays, JFK Drive between Transverse and Kezar is closed to vehicular traffic, those days the zone is popular with walkers, cyclists, and runners.

Golden Gate Park has plenty to offer to visitors, to learn more about its hidden treasures, pick up more information at Park Headquarters.

Park Headquarters
Address: Stanyan and Fell Streets
Telephone: (415) 831-2700





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