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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.”
719 locals recommend
Park
“When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.”
776 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
481 locals recommend
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 ”
361 locals recommend
Park
“Love coming here for a run, views of the Golden Gate Bridge or a walk along the ocean”
269 locals recommend
Park
“The coolest neighborhood that no one goes to! It has spectacular views of the bay, great museums, and a lot of early San Francisco history.”
170 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The history of Lombard Street is worth knowing. During the 1920s, people in San Francisco were beginning to drive around in automobiles, but many of the hills were too steep to navigate. A local man named Carl Henry came up with the idea of using a curved street to help vehicles move downhill, although it would mean several sharp turns. An engineer named Clyde Healy created the design, and overall the hill’s slope went from 27% to 16%. Now you can watch the cars and bikers navigate the sharp turns as tourists gawk at them.”
136 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Stunning San Francisco beach!! As a former San Franciscan, I used to live within walking distance of this spot. It’s a little piece of home for me. ”
229 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Probably no description needed here... the 24 bus just out the doorstep takes you there in 4 quick stops.. then maybe stop by Little Star for some delicious pizza or 4505 bbq for amazing briskets afterwards ”
135 locals recommend
Garden
“San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. The garden was created for an exhibition in 1894, when the exhibition closed a gentleman’s agreement was reached and the garden remained. As time went by the garden expanded to the size it is today, approximately 5 acres. Today the gardens are hugely popular with tourists who come to see the pagodas, stepping stones, arched bridges and native Japanese plants. There is also a koi pond and Zen garden. If you are hungry or thirsty on your visit you can stop for some traditional Japanese refreshments.”
144 locals recommend
Park
“A short urban hike up this hill gives you breathtaking, 360-degree views of the entire Bay Area. Highly recommended for sunrise and sunset. ”
204 locals recommend
Beach
“If you ever wondered where those wedding photos with the gorgeous bridge backdrop were taken, this is it! A locals’ favorite to take in the unobstructed view of the bridge and the ocean and enjoy a glass of chardonnay while listening to the waves crashing ashore. ”
159 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A big pool burned down, and the ruins were so pretty, we just left them there.”
134 locals recommend
Park
“Just a few blocks South of here, a great little under-visited park with beautiful bonus views of the Golden Gate bridge at the top (of a fairly steep hill). Tennis courts are hiding up there, as are some fun trails for running / walking. One of my favorite green spots in the city. ”
114 locals recommend
Park
“Start your walk here towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Amazing photos ops right along the water. Flat walk. Great farmers market there on Sundays. ”
105 locals recommend
Garden
“Wonderful place to get out of the fog and experience the lush jungle greenery in an expertly restored Victorian Greenhouse.”
124 locals recommend