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Parks & nature in San Francisco

Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
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Trail
“Beautiful (and easy) hiking trail overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick a sunny day for the views although I also love the misty fog or as we call him, Karl the Fog! He even has his own instagram @KarlTheFog ”
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Historic Site
“A big pool burned down, and the ruins were so pretty, we just left them there.”
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Harbour / Marina
“A beautify small lake in Golden Gate Park, where you can rent a paddle boat that you can take around the lake. You can also hike to the top of the island in the middle of the lake. ”
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Beach
“China Beach is a beautiful and historic cove in San Francisco's Sea Cliff neighborhood. It lies between Baker Beach and Lands End and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with views of the GG Bridge”
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Zoo
“Yes, we have bison. No, I'm sure sure why. Yes, they are pretty damn cute. ”
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Trail
“Great easy hike with beautiful views of Golden Gate Bridge. Right next to Ocean Beach”
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Lake
“A man-made lake with over a century of rich history, Stow Lake is a great place to rent paddle boats and rowboats. Be sure to check out Strawberry Hill, a naturally formed island in the middle of the lake with great views of the surrounding park and the Golden Gate Bridge. Other surprising sites on this little island include an artificially made waterfall and a small pavilion that was a gift from the city of Taipei.”
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Park
“Easy walk and stunning views. Take a picnic on a sunny day, or go to watch the sunset.”
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Lake
“Stroll around the lake, feed the birds, squirrels, turtles, and eels. Check out the pagoda on the island, rent a paddle boat or bicycles. ”
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Trail
“Incredible hiking trail on the northwest corner of San Francisco that can make you forget you are still in the city! Breathtaking views of the Golden Gate and a nice little ramble. The trailhead is within walking distance from the suite. Also be sure to stop by the Palace of the Legion of Honor along the way.”
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Garden
“Free entrance to this aromatic sanctuary with lots of benches for sitting and smelling the roses for a while.”
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Lake
“A great place to swing by on weekends, where locals take their model sailboats for a spin”
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Park
“There are cement fire pits set up along the coast where you are legally allowed to have fires and drink beers. Ends at 9 pm but the sun usually sets well before then. Fun with a group!”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“"The Camera Obscura is a large-scale camera obscura, in the Lands End area of the Outer Richmond District in western San Francisco, California. It is located near the Cliff House restaurant, perched on the headlands on the cliffs just north of Ocean Beach. The Camera and restaurant are currently owned by the National Park Service and are within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Camera Obscura was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, and is within the NPS Sutro Historic District. It is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, since being acquired by the National Park Service in 1977."”
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Historic Site
“[Add-On to the Golden Gate Park Top 10+ Tour: Hiking Trail] This path down to Sutro Baths is one that I highly recommend for anyone visiting this side of San Francisco. The path down from the Lands End Trail will bring you out to the point overlooking the Pacific Ocean and then loop you back through the foundation of the old Sutro Baths -- where the city would come to bathe in the days before people had running water in their homes. Be sure to read about the history of this location.”
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