This 1017 acre park is home to the M.H. De Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Sculpture Museum, Botanical Gardens and some friendly bison. The primary purpose of this stop is to visit the famous Japanese Tea Garden where you will have 25 minutes to walk around and take pictures.
Larger in size than New York City's Central Park, Golden Gate Park is a place where 75,000 visitors come to daily.
The lush landscaping that characterizes the park today bears little resemblance to the former state of drifting sand and stiff winds. An entirely new ecological system had to be developed and sustained within the dunes; a monumental task thought by many to be impossible.
Though the park has seen changes over the years, what remains today is a testament to the will of the city to preserve a place to play, relax and grow culturally. The new de Young museum is sure to bring a new wave of visitors, as the re-opening of the Conservatory of Flowers did in 2003.
Things to do in the park:
California Academy of Sciences
Conservatory of Flowers
Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers
Japanese Tea Garden
M.H. de Young Museum
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Sports Equipment Rentals:
Equipment can be rented at:
Stow Lake Bike & Boat Rentals, 50 Stow Lake Dr., (415) 752-0347
Golden Gate Park Bike and Skate: 3038 Fulton St., (415) 668-1117
American Cyclery: 510 Frederick St. and 858 Stanyan St., (415) 664-4545
Avenue Cyclery: 756 Stanyan St., (415) 387-3155
Lincoln Cyclery, 772 Stanyan St., (415) 221-2415
Park Cyclery, 1749 Waller St., (415) 221-3777
Skates on Haight, 1818 Haight St., (415) 752-8375 (Web site)