After the Golden Gate Bridge, the Golden Gate Park was next in our San Francisco itinerary. We parked at JFK Drive and started our leisurely stroll, quite hopeful that we’d see a good part of the park within a couple of hours.
Oops. It soon became apparent that we would need a lot more hours to do that. The Golden Gate Park is quite sizable: it is more than a thousand acres in area and is 20% larger than New York’s famous Central Park (which can take at least a couple of days to explore).
Here’s a satellite view of the park. The yellow splat shows the area we managed to see.
What can I say, we had ambitious plans. 🙂 Anyway, here are some pictures I took from ground level:
This is the entrance to the M.H. De Young Museum which was established in the 1890s and now showcases a collection of American and international contemporary and indigenous art.
Facing the museum is the pretty little Garden of Enchantment with this ‘enchanted pond’.
(Don’t tell the kids, but a fog machine is involved.)
The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the most famous in San Francisco.
A to Zennnn…
Near the Tea Garden is the Music Concourse. On Sundays, music lovers gather here to enjoy performances by the Golden Gate Park Band.
The band plays in this temple-like structure that locals call the Bandshell. (The official name is Spreckels Temple of Music.)
Me: “Oh, hai.”
Girls, seriously! 🙂 This is the California Academy of Sciences, billed as one of the world’s largest and most eco-friendly natural history museums.
Across the Academy and by the De Young Museum are these benches with small commemorative markers.
This one in particular caught my eye.
This is a lovely park. It’s the third most visited in the United States but it has that wonderful, relaxing vibe of one that was built mainly for locals to enjoy.
I look forward to visiting again and exploring it more fully. There’s still the Dutch Windmill and tulip garden, the Buffalo Paddock, picnic areas and barbecue pits, the carousel, the Conservatory of Flowers, the arboretum (especially the arboretum!), the lake, ponds and pools, and Ocean Beach at one end…
How many days do you think I need? 🙂
For more info on the park’s attractions and upcoming events, visit golden-gate-park.com.
And here are my oh-so-touristy posts about the United States, so far.