Walking Short at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

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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.

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What can I say, we had ambitious plans. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, here are some pictures I took from ground level:

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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’.

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(Don’t tell the kids, but a fog machine is involved.)

The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the most famous in San Francisco.

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A to Zennnn…

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Near the Tea Garden is the Music Concourse. On Sundays, music lovers gather here to enjoy performances by the Golden Gate Park Band.

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The band plays in this temple-like structure that locals call the Bandshell. (The official name is Spreckels Temple of Music.)

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Me: โ€œOh, hai.โ€

Sistah: โ€œHahahahahaha!!!โ€

Girls, seriously! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the California Academy of Sciences, billed as one of the world’s largest and most eco-friendly natural history museums.golden gate park - titabudsdotcom-010

Across the Academy and by the De Young Museum are these benches with small commemorative markers.

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This one in particular caught my eye.

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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.

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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? ๐Ÿ™‚


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.

19 thoughts on “Walking Short at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

  1. Tita, how stunning are your photos?You have such a great eye. I’m volunteering on a trip to the De Young with my daughter’s class in a few weeks. I’ve lived here for ages and never been. I can’t wait. My girls have been, thank goodness. We are very proud of The Academy of Sciences, it is just fabulous inside. We really enjoyed the planet show. My favorite place is the Japanese Tea Garden though…. I could spend hours ๐Ÿ™‚ Each season they have a day when you can visit for free, it gets a bit crowded but is totally worth it if you want to go regularly. I think you would need at least 3 weeks to explore everything, so come back and we can get together too.

    • Thank you very much. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh, three weeks! Hahaha. That would be more than half of my vacation time. ๐Ÿ˜€
      When we went, the Academy’s interactive exhibit was on earthquakes and seemed really interesting but it was getting late and almost everyplace in the park was closing early. It was only while I was preparing this post that I found out that it’s one of the most eco-friendly museums in the world and now I wish I’d at least taken a peek inside.

      I hope they allow pictures inside the De Young so we can “come along” with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Your pictures are superb Tita. I am enchanted with the Tea Garden. A to Zennn.. ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks very Zen, I could stay in the moment there. You are going to be needing lots of days Tita, lots of beautiful California days to cover that big old Park!

    • Thanks, Madhu! Most of the things we read on the commemorative plates were of the formal donated-by-this-company/family tone to them which made the one in the picture stand out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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