Slightly away from the tourist concentration of the Music concourse area, on the backside of the De Young on JFK Drive, is the Rose Garden. Almost as long as a football field and packed full of hundreds of different varieties, it's a beautiful sight in full bloom. If you've come this way to check out the museums or the conservatory, you might as well stop here, too.
Oh, yeah... it's FREE!
If you drive through Golden Gate Park down JFK Drive towards the beach, at around 37th Ave. you'll see an enclosed grassy field on your right. And, if you're lucky, you'll see SF's resident herd of buffalo!
This herd has been here for over 100 years, and, though it's nice to think that there are bison roaming the park, most of the time they just hang out in their pen. Some folks call their enclosure inhumane, but at the time the paddock was started, it was needed to keep them from becoming extinct. I'll try to do some research and find out what time of year they are the most frisky.
Please don't feed or spook them.
The Panhandle of the Golden Gate Park is a great place to play frisbee with a dog! Which I have done with Buddy, my friend Leo's dog. If you don't have a dog, come here anyway; maybe someone will let you play with theirs. This is a friendly part of the city.
Located near the Yatch Club on Bay Street. Pass the club and park near the jetty outhouse. Walk down the length of the jetty and on your right you will see some benches carved out. These are seats to listen to the organ which is made up of pipes embedded within the rock walls.
If the tide is good you will hear the symphony of the sea.
A green oase in the middle of San Francisco...
In this huge park you can find several museums, a japanese garden, playgrounds and relaxing areas.
My tip: get yourself something to eat in a supermarket and have a picnic near one of the peaceful lakes in the parc or sit next to one of the playgrounds to watch peple play Baseball or something else...
this is the place to come on warm, sunny SF afternoons (yeah, right!) to have a picnic, listen the drummers, and by the way, you will smell that familiar smell of pot curling your way, especially if you are on the hill
sit on the hill or on the flat area and snooze...you are steps away from the children's playground and carousel. You're about a five-minute walk from the Inner Sunset nieghborhood (9th and Irving has tons of bars, restaurants, shops, and grocers to check out)
This is a tiny garden well hidden in the Golden Gate park (close to the Academy of Sciences)!
It holds the different species of plants mentionned in Shakespeare's litterature.
The relevant quotes are written on plaques at the back of the garden.
Nothing really exceptional but if you are in the area, try to find this charming place...
The Golden Gate Park - ok so it's just a park, but it's quite nice if you've got some time on your hands. It's also pretty big. Drive there if you've got a car, otherwise you can take the bus.
It's never just another day in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's 1,000-acre backyard. The park's trove of attractions includes Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a 'living library' where 6,000 plant species, including a stunning display of California redwoods, flourish. Each spring endows the park with a new cast of floral favorites: flowering cherry blossoms in the Japanese Tea Garden, a five-acre legacy from the 1894 Midwinter International Exposition; lush magenta colored rhododendrons; and more than 14,000 tulips and daffodils near the Dutch Windmill.