golden gate park
Even larger than New York's Central Park, Golden Gate Park is iconic for its 1,000-plus acres of hidden meadows, waterfalls, lakes, redwood trees, gardens, museums and more. Here's your comprehensive to-do list in SF's beloved green oasis.
Take a left off of Fulton around 35th Avenue, and next to Spreckels Lake, you’ll find a long, shaded walkway that cuts deep into the thicket of trees that makes Golden Gate Park one of the most revered parks on the West Coast. The area around this part of the park is well known for it’s mysterious and sometimes hidden pathways that can lead to waterfalls, tiny statues, and massive soccer fields. But even more mysterious is the occasional shock of bright red comb and riot of plumage peaking out from the bushes—that's right, chickens.
Now that the days are getting shorter and more chilly, it gets harder and harder to get yourself to the great outdoors. But here in SF, we're damn lucky to have one of the nation's most vast parks as our collective backyard.
Our Indian Summer is holding on (hooray!), so take the opportunity to explore the vast regions of Golden Gate Park in all its sunlight-filled glory while temperatures still allow the best possible walking, biking, skating, picnicking, and playing.
Saturday's sunny afternoon was ideal for hanging out in Golden Gate Park at the 23rd Annual Jimmy's Old Car Picnic. The wide array of vintage cars and BBQ proved to be a great alternative to the crowds at TI Music Fest.
As New York City prepares for its citywide bike-share program, San Francisco is getting its own taste of bike-sharing. This week, the Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with three local bike rental companies, unveiled its newest project: Parkwide, a park to park rental service where you can rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another.
Bike rental is nothing new in San Francisco. Places like Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bike have been outfitting tourists with hybrids and tandems for years. But Parkwide’s flexible drop-off design sets it apart from the ordinary bike rental and puts it more in the realm of bikeshare.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating 11 years this weekend at Golden Gate Park. Over 50 bands will play on six stages, providing three days of folksy fodder. While the line-up is stronger than ever, we're thinking a scaled-back, bluesy-cool look would be best for shooting the breeze and enjoying the music.
This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.
One of the largest urban parks in the country is right here in the Bay Area, and there’s lots to do in its 1,000-plus acres. It’s impossible to see everything that Golden Gate Park has to offer in one day, with the Koret Children’s Playground, California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, and Stow Lake among the attractions pulling the family in different directions. With some planning, you and the kids can hit up your favorite spots without a hitch and maybe even discover something new.
There's no doubt the masses will flock to every park in the city this weekend for some get-it-while-you-can, quality sun basking. The usual suspects are, of course, the uber-hip fest at Dolores Park, BBQs at Crissy Field, or bike riding at Golden Gate. While those parks are always a-happenin', this Sunday, make the trek out to Stern Grove for the SF Symphony's free concert at the 74th Annual Stern Grove Festival.