and countless characters visiting on a daily basis - Golden Gate Park surprises with regularity!
Much of the park is blocked to automotive vehicles on Sunday making it a great time to explore. On the weekends - unless it's cold or raining - you can usually pick up a game of volleyball at Peacock Meadow, barbecue at
runs on weekends and holidays.Around Golden Gate Park...
All your flora are belong to us
A tranquil 55 acres inhabited by 7500 hundred plants, the garden►
delights plant nerds, walkers and picnickers - especially on warm days!
Cal Academy of Sciences
Stunning aquarium and rainforest
San Francisco's most freshly baked (err.. renovated) museum delights with large aquariums, African dioramas, a rainforest, and planetarium all wrapped in a wondrously uber-modern grass covered "living roof"►
Conservatory of Flowers
Located just inside Golden Gate Park
from the Panhandle
, the oldest surviving flower conservatory in the western hemisphere (1878) and consists of 25 tons of glass - and after a 2003 restoration, it seems likely to hold the title for a while longer yet :)
de Young Museum
A fine fine art museum
Opened in 1895 with a hyper-modern rebuild in 2005, de Young is among the oldest and best museums in the city - inside and out!
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Who let the strings out?
Founded in 2001 by the late private equity entrepreneur Warren Hellman
, and combining an A-list of acoustic musicians and no admission (thanks Warren!) Hardly Strictly is a major musical event! More than a half million folks attend during the three day weekend.
What is that game???
San Francisco became a major center of Hooverball following a surprise 2nd place finish in the national championships a couple years ago!
Japanese Tea Garden
The oldest public Japanese garden in the country, this Golden Gate park
gem is a great place to walk, check out the koi, structures, statues.. or have a cup of tea :)
Not just for panhandlers...
A halfway house between urban San Francisco and the Golden Gate Park
, this long (3/4 mile) narrow (1 block) strip of park divides the Haight
and the Western Addition ("NOPA" if you're a real estate agent).
Speedway Meadow in the middle of Golden Gate Park
is probably the most popular picnic spot in the city. The location is far enough out for the coastal Fog
to have a larger-than-Dolores
impact, but the spacious meadow and surrounding areas (eg, adjoining Stow Lake
) offer a lot of outdoor activities.