Located just north of the Sunset District you will find that the Golden Gate Park has something for young and old alike. Start with a leisurely stroll through the Conservatory of Flowers. Here you will get a chance to see over 1,500 plants from many different countries. You will get to see rare orchids, Dracula orchids, giant water lilies and a philodendron that is over 100 years old - and that’s just the beginning.
Next stop, the Japanese Tea Garden. This is a favorite of many. This garden was started in 1894 and has a myriad of paths and ponds and includes a gorgeous Teahouse.
On foggy or rainy days, the park offers up the world class de Young Museum. While the new building was opened in 2005, this museum has heritage from 1894 and holds one of the world's best collections of modern art.
If you are looking for something a little more active you might want to rent a paddle boat or a row boat at Stow Lake or take the kids to the Children’s playground where the little one’s can burn off some energy and even ride a carrousel built in 1912. You just might want to try a game of lawn bowling. Other activities available include basketball, biking, skating, fly-fishing and horseback riding.
Before you leave, spend a few moments of solitude at the AIDS Memorial Grove. The memorial is at the corner of Bowling Green and Middle Drive East.
Without a doubt, the Golden Gate Park is a site not to be missed on your trip to San Francisco!
Directions to Golden Gate Park
Take the Muni or park in the Music Concourse Garage. The garage is open from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The cost is $2.50 per hour on weekdays and $3.00 per hour Saturdays and Sundays. Enter the garage at 10th Q Avenue and Fulton Street.
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