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San Francisco Parks

San Francisco's parks and green areas are another reason to visit San Francisco, you will enjoy a picnic, go for a relaxing stroll, or practice one of the many outdoor activities that the City offers including hiking, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, and golf; there are also many water activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, and surfing. San Francisco Parks Trust is the organization in charge to protect and enhance more than 200 San Francisco's city parks, playgrounds and recreation centres.

Golden Gate Park


It is the nation's largest cultivated urban park, covering a total area of over 405 hectares, its varied landscape include gardens and woods, as well as man-made lakes such as Stow Lake and Spreckels Lake and waterfalls. Major features inside the Park includes the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Music Concourse Area, the Conservatory of Flowers housing over 20,000 species of rare plants, the California Academy of Sciences, the Strybing Arboretum, the AIDS Memorial Grove, a bronze statue of Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza, and a children's playground.

San Francisco Lincoln Park


The park defines the extreme North-western corner of San Francisco; the Park provides majestic views of the Marin highlands, the Golden Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. The land on which the Park stands was a cemetery in the late 1860s. In 1923 the park was chosen as the site of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor which houses many incredible artworks. Lincoln Park houses the Lincoln Park Municipal Golf Course. Lincoln Park is part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area.

San Francisco Twin Peaks


Named for its two virtually identical summits although its former name is San Miguel Hills, is a hill in San Francisco that provides spectacular views out over San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay especially at and after sunset. The area is part of the Twin Peaks Natural Area which acts as home to an array of natural resources and wildlife, Twin Peaks is one the few remaining habitats for the endangered Mission blue butterfly. Temperatures up there can be quite a bit lower than in the rest of the city, warm clothing is therefore recommended.

The Presidio


It is a national park on the northern tip of San Francisco, within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Once home to the Ohlone native peoples, it was a military fortification since 1776. In 1995, it was closed as a military base and transferred to the National Park Service; now the old military structures house both commercial and non-profit entities. The park is home to wild plant and animal species; it also boasts many forests, hiking trails, an airfield, and provides spectacular views over the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. No fees are required to enter the park


Heron's Head Park is a 25-acre peninsula located at the foot of Cargo Way. The park is a sanctuary on San Francisco Bay; birdwatchers will be able to see a number of migrating birds in its restored wetland areas especially during winter.

More Information:

Park Name
San Francisco Parks Trust 501 Stanyan St. San Francisco, CA 94117-1989 (415) 750-5105
Golden Gate National Parks Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco,CA 94123-0022 (415) 561-4700
The Presidio 1011 Andersen Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 511

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