Golden Gate and Dolores might get top billing, but San Francisco is literally blooming with public parks—did you know there is one city park per every half-mile here?
Grab your picnic blankets and a good read—here's our complete guide to SF parks, neatly organized for you by neighborhood.
Pacific Heights + Laurel Heights
Alta Plaza Park
The plaza features three tennis courts and a small playground in its center. Word to the wise: going up and down the plaza's steps is a fantastic place for a Rocky Balboa moment. // Jackson St & Steiner St (Pacific Heights), sfrecpark.org
Laurel Hill Playground
Often the host to summer and fall music and dance recital, Laurel Hill Playground is teeming with life—figuratively and literally, that is. (Butterflies are known to be a popular along the park's flowerbeds.) Don't forget to bring the pup with you too; Laurel Hill Playground is dog-friendly. // 251 Euclid Ave. (Laurel Heights), sfrecpark.org
Looking to escape the white noise being megaphoned through out much of The City? Take some situational respite from hustle and bustle atop the groomed greens bedding this quarter-acre piece of urban paradise. // 2609 Gough St. (Presidio Heights), sfrecpark.org
Home to the first astronomical observatory on the West Coast, this park has long been a must-stop not only for its stargazing opportunities, but also its green spaces, which are dotted with picnic tables and tennis courts.Dogs, too, are allowed—just be sure they're on the leash. // Gough St. and Washington St. (Pacific Heights), sfrecpark.org
Cottage Row Mini Park
You can see some of San Francisco's most beguiling Victorian structures just by strolling this tiny park on the Japantown border. Fun fact: Most of the 22 Victorians here were built by William Hollis during the late 1860's and 1870's. // Sutter and Fillmore St. (Lower Pac Heights), sfrecpark.org
Bush and Broadrick Mini Park
Just happen to be strolling the LPH with your trusty four-legged sidekick? Feel free to let your canine friends stretch his or her legs a little bit at this dog-friendly open space. Picnic table can be found to rest on within the park's confines, as well.// Baker and Bush St. (Lower Pac Heights), sfrecpark.org