Golden Gate Park

nullIt is one of the largest urban parks in the US. It rivals New York’s central park in size – around 1,017 acres of multi-use lush land. The park is full of fun and activities for residents and visitors. 

It sits on the western end of San Francisco and provides a lot of attractions and activities for locals and visitors.

San Francisco is a vibrant city with many iconic places to visit. ​Read the main San Francisco article here.

The park is home to the famous Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden, lots of playgrounds, lakes, picnic areas and sports venues.

At the west end of the park you can find an authentic windmill that was actually used to irrigate the parklands. Next to the windmill, you will find Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden – a perfect match to the windmill.

Park visitors can enjoy music events at the Music Concourse or visit the Academy of Sciences museum. The Academy of Sciences offers a lot of fixed and visiting exhibits. Some of the most interesting exhibits are Planetarium; Aquarium; Rain Forests of the World. The building itself is an exhibit on how to build green and sustainable habitats. 

null55 acres of the park are dedicated to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a vast collection of plant species. The collection includes Magnolia species, high elevation palms, and cloud forest species.

A great way to experience this vast park is to bike through the long walkways and trails. You can actually bike from Fisherman’s Warf to the middle of the park in about 50 minutes (6 miles).

The lakes (or ponds) are stocked with fish so you can go fishing – or you can have a leisurely ride on the paddle boats. 

More information go to the official website.

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