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Parks and nature in San Francisco

Top parks

Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
  • 739 locals recommend
Park
“When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.”
  • 775 locals recommend
Park
“There's lots of sightseeing and hiking in the Presidio The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks. Other highlights include grassy Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge views, Civil War–era Fort Point and sandy Baker Beach. Historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Park
“Sandy beach & kitesurfing hotspot with a Golden Gate bridge backdrop, picnic tables & a promenade. Great place to take a long walk and see the amazing Golden Gate Bridge in the back drop! ”
  • 270 locals recommend
Garden
“The garden is wonderful, and worth the price of admission. The tea experience, not so much.”
  • 146 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Famous row of homes next to Alamo Square Park represent the best of San Francisco Victorian architecture, with a wonderful view of Downtown San Francisco”
  • 138 locals recommend
Park
“Our favourite vantage point to admire San Francisco from above. Twin Peaks is great, but this little hill is in the middle of it all!”
  • 206 locals recommend
Park
“Near Ghirardelli Square, Crissy Field and Aquatic Park, Fort Mason is an historical place with nice walks, a cultural center that has coffee shops, restaurants, a farmer's market, art store, theater, and a wonderful bookstore. We love this place.”
  • 105 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Just a few blocks South of here, a great little under-visited park with beautiful bonus views of the Golden Gate bridge at the top (of a fairly steep hill). Tennis courts are hiding up there, as are some fun trails for running / walking. One of my favorite green spots in the city. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Playground
“Great playground in a very fun San Francsico park, adjacent to the Mission, a reliably sunny and fun neighborhood with great cafes, shopping and dining.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Park
“Just a nice park for sunny days. Lots of young people hanging out. Sometimes they have movies on at night!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Park
“Great playground and picnic area for family with kids. Great view of the SF Bay”
  • 67 locals recommend
Park
“There are basketball courts and paths to walk, this park connects our neighborhood to golden gate park. To the left is the upper Haight. It's also the best bike path to golden gate park and the inner sunset.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“A hidden gem. Peaceful and sunny, this park is perfect to read a book, take your kid to play or just relax for a little before heading to the top of the Bernal Heights Park. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Park
“The Duboce Park/Noe St. MUNI Metro stop is 5 minutes walk. Get on ($2.75/2 hours) and go east and you can be downtown in a matter of minutes. Go west to the end of the line and voila! You're at ocean Beach (in a matter of a bunch more minutes) and on the way you can stop and explore the Inner Sunset neighborhood (Irving/9th) with it's interesting shops and restaurants, (and direct access down 9th Ave to Golden Gate Park) and the island of hipness (and Outerlands Restaurant, Trouble Cafe, Java Beach, Mollusk Surf Shop and Art Gallery) at the far west end of town. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“This small park is the heart of the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Something is always happening here, and it make a perfect break from one of the best shopping streets in the city.”
  • 30 locals recommend

Beaches

Surf Spot
“Ocean Beach is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. A wonderful place to surf, picnic, walk. You will experience the serenity of the ocean against the bustling city. ”
  • 232 locals recommend
Beach
“Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California, U.S.. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. The best beach to see the Golden Gate Bridge. ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Beach
“China Beach is a beautiful and historic cove in San Francisco's Sea Cliff neighborhood. It lies between Baker Beach and Lands End and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with views of the GG Bridge”
  • 35 locals recommend
Beach
“leave your inhibitions and swimsuit at home. If you're not familiar with the Pacific Ocean in SF - only the daring swim it unless it's 100 degrees F outside. The water is bitterly cold! This is predominantly a gay beach, but welcoming of everyone. It's a hike to get down there. At the foot of the stairs there's a small uncrowded beach. Keep going around the big rocks and you'll likely see some things you've never seen before. Keep going til the very end (tide dependent) until the security guard yells at you for going too far and you'll be standing RIGHT under the Golden Gate Bridge - one of the coolest, least-photographed views of the bridge is from right here. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Beach
“Near Land's End there is a Giant Camera Obscura. It takes 6 minutes to see the entire rotation including views of Seal Rock, the Cliff House, the Great Highway, Sutro Cliffs, and Ocean Beach. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Motel
“The most expansive omelette menu I've seen. Plus a view of Cliff House and Sutro Baths.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Board Shop
“It’s a real surf shop. We don't have sandals or branded t-shirts. We just carry the necessities to go surfing in San Francisco. The surf here is pretty different than places like Southern California, so people may find their equipment doesn’t work quite as well here. Our gear is a little more Ocean Beach-specific. We do retail sales, but making custom surfboards is definitely the core of our business. We also do private one-on-one lessons, where you can learn to make your own board. And there's a big window into the shaping room from the retail part of the store, so you can just come and watch what's going on.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Surf Spot
  • 2 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“Beautiful (and easy) hiking trail overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick a sunny day for the views although I also love the misty fog or as we call him, Karl the Fog! He even has his own instagram @KarlTheFog ”
  • 360 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A former bathhouse that burned down, Sutro Baths is a must for sight-seeing. Travelers can still see remnants of the former bathhouse and it is extremely cool to walk on the skeleton of it. There are a couple easy trails near Sutro Baths that lead to killer views of the Golden Gate Bridge!”
  • 140 locals recommend
Park
“Great view of the City without all of the Twin Peaks tourists. Walking paths and stairs make this pretty accessible. Also, there is a cute little museum. Known by the SF Nickname of "Rocky Mountain".”
  • 88 locals recommend
Trail
“Miles and miles of sandy beach and wilderness. Watching the sunset and the hang-gliders from the cliffs is a must! ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Park
“Intimate spot with flower-lined paths & rocky outcroppings offering fantastic views of the city and the bay.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy this secluded and little known place to hike. This is the hill you see front our front yard. It's the highest point in SF and the views and out of this world! Just ask us for the best way to walk up the mountain!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Trail
“Gorgeous hike. Be sure to check out the labyrinth. There are steep drops in some places so please be careful and don't take young children.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Get your heart pumping when you walk up these steps and earn the view of the bay from the top!”
  • 23 locals recommend