- By Kevin
- On Jun 27, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
If you're planning your weekend outdoor trip in US West Coast now, you may interested the tips about this area, and San Francisco may be the right place for your family. Just with Globerouter.com discount San Francisco Tours to travel around the San Francisco US, to explore sprawling Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco’s collective backyard, Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles between Haight-Ashbury and the Pacific Ocean and encompasses 1,017 acres of gardens, walking paths, lakes, recreation fields, museums, a Japanese tea garden and even a pasture home to a herd of bison. At the western edge of the park where it meets the Pacific, the restored windmill, a gift of the Dutch regent in 1902, stands among the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Gardens. From April through October, you can catch a free afternoon concert of the Golden Gate Park Band, which has held seasonal performances in the band shell between the de Young Fine Arts Museum and the California Academy of Sciences since 1882. On Sundays, John F. Kennedy Drive, the main road, is closed to cars, and strollers, bicyclists and rollerskaters take over the streets.
Encompassing hiking trails, museums and sporting fields, Golden Gate Park feels like multiple parks packed into one great rectangle. On one end you'll find the latter-day hippies of Haight Street; on the other, a herd of bison roam within a paddock, a fixture since 1892. Formerly desolate sand dunes, today the 1,017-acre park is teeming with plants and wildlife. It's home to the oldest Japanese tea garden in the country, dotted with koi ponds and Japanese pagodas, as well as the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a 55-acre gem filled with flora from around the world. The Victorian building housing the Conservatory of Flowers—the oldest wood and glass conservatory on the continent—is as ornate as the array of orchids and tropical plants inside. (The lawn out front, dotted with vibrant flower beds, is a great place to picnic.)
The Aids Memorial Grove provides a poignant, quiet tribute to those who lives have been touched by AIDS. The Koret Children's Quarter, built in 1887, is the oldest municipal children's playground in the country, revamped a few years ago into a state-of-the-art play park. The de Young Fine Arts Museum and the California Academy of Sciences anchor the quadrant between 9th Ave. and John F. Kennedy Drive, where on Sundays the main drive is closed to cars and strollers, bicyclists and rollerskaters take over the streets.
Other activities in the park include paddle boats on Stow Lake, polo fields, a cycling track, a golf course, archery fields and horseshoe pits. Of course, the park is also the site for many of the city's cultural touchstones, from annual music festivals like Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to the boozy Bay to Breakers race.