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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Golden Gate Park is the largest urban park in America, larger than New York’s Central Park. It is shaped in a long rectangle, at over 3 miles long and 1017 acres, the park is a divide between two neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Richmond and the Sunset.

Golden Gate Park was originally sand dunes that came from the Oceanside winds. John McLaren, a naturist from Scotland planted the grass, trees and various plants in 1890. The park now has more than 1,000,000 trees and 10,000 plants with a variety of different species.

On an average weekend, 75,000 people visit Golden Gate Park. In the park there is a lot to see and do e.g. Museums, Gardens, Sports and Activities. Here is a list of some of the things you should come across when in the park:

Museums at Golden Gate Park:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • M.H. de Young Museum
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

Sports and Recreation at Golden Gate Park:

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Biking and Skating
  • Dog Runs
  • Fly-Fishing
  • Golf – 9 hole golf course
  • Handball
  • Kezar Stadium – Former home of the San Francisco 49ers
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Lindy in the Park – Swing Dancing
  • Pètanque – French Bowling game
  • Speckels Lake
  • Stow Lake – Largest Lake in the park
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Sights and Activities at Golden Gate Park:

  • AIDS Memorial Grove
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beach Chalet and Park Chalet
  • Birding
  • Buffalo Paddock
  • Children’s Playground
  • McLaren Lodge
  • Music Concourse and Pavilion
  • Opera in the Park
  • Picnic Grounds
  • Rose Garden
  • Portals of the Past
  • Rhododendron Island
  • Statues
  • Strawberry Hill
  • Windmills and Queen Wilhlmina Tulip Garden
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