Residents of San Francisco love to spend time in the city enjoying the many excellent attractions. When the time comes and you need to reconnect with nature, the city even offers a number of great parks and green spaces to enjoy. From friendly dog parks to beach parks, you’ll find a mixture of choice throughout the area. Here’s a look at just a few of the best parks of San Francisco.
Mission Dolores Park
Maybe one of the most recognizable parks for newcomers to the city, Mission Dolores Park provides far more than just a park – some would say it’s the park of the hipster lifestyle. The park was recently refurbished and spruced up throughout 2015 and 2016. It provides a huge lawn full of people, along with tennis courts, a basketball court, a soccer field and so much more. Mission Dolores, The Mission, Castro and Noe Valley are nearby neighborhoods.
Another park offering something rather unique, The Presidio used to be an Army post back in the 1800s. Many of the buildings still remain and house businesses and residents, such as the Disney Museum. The park provides hundreds of acres of beautiful trees, hiking and biking. Nearby neighborhoods include The Lake District, The Richmond, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights and The Marina.
Golden Gate Park
Of course, no list of best parks in San Francisco could ever be complete without mention of Golden Gate Park. This park is full of great features from museums to sports fields to hiking trails and so much more. The park covers more than 1,000 acres with the oldest Japanese tea garden in the country, along with many other features. To the north, you’ll find The Richmond, to the south The Sunset, and to the east NOPA and Haight-Ashbury/The Upper Haight. To the west? The mighty Pacific Ocean!
A Few More Best Parks of San Francisco:
- Alamo Square
- Land’s End
- Glen Canyon Park
- Alta Plaza Park
- Buena Vista Park
If you’re looking for great views and the opportunity to enjoy nature, any of these San Francisco parks will provide just what you need.