Golden Gate Park is a well regarded attraction. However, most people don’t know the enchanting qualities of this park. Why? Because taking the time to explore and discover San Francisco’s largest park could take ages. This is why Golden Gate Park is a must go on your bucket list, and not just for the usual attractions.
Golden Gate Park takes up much of the city’s western side and is actually 20% larger than New York’s Central Park. There are so many things to explore here, from the De Young Museum to the Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden to the Dutch windmills, Stow Lake, and even some roaming bison.
Let’s explore the best ways to enjoy this one enchanting place to the fullest. The big, beautiful, one-of-a-kind Golden Gate Park is a mystery and packs a lot of punch. Now, get ready for the enchanting aspects of this place!
Wander and explore the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
The botanical garden, especially the moon viewing garden, is a beautiful oasis. Discover over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world over 55 acres of land.
Discover your inner peace.
One part of the park is magical and historical. The Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States is located inside Golden Gate Park. Wander and take in the calm and beauty here.
Explore the Park
There are areas of this park that many don’t see. There’s something enchanting about a Lloyd lake. This lake is decorated with the elegance of a white marble archway and majestic columns.
Discover the Fascinating Sculptures
The De Young Museum is a treasure trove of delights. Right across from the California Academy of Sciences is this fine arts museum, which showcases a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, costumes, and decorative arts from around the world. You can just roam the grounds and be enchanted enough.
Enjoy Stow Lake and row
You can rent a row or pedal boat and even catch a glimpse of a waterfall at this man-made lake. Then get some walking in by climbing Strawberry Hill, which can be accessed by one of two adorable bridges. You can take a few different trails (there are also steps) that wind around the hill.
Discover your childish whims
Discover your childish whims at the Koret Children’s Quarter in Golden Gate Park. The carousel features a collection of glossy characters that include a dragon, camel, giraffe, ostrich, tiger, and of course, horses.
Check out Bison in the 415
Yes, there are bison in San Francisco! The bison you will find today in Golden Gate Park are near Spreckels Lake and just off John F. Kennedy Drive. These bison are descendants of 1984 birthday presents given to mayor Dianne Feinstein.
Windmills in the Park
You don’t have to go to Amsterdam for windmills. These windmills were once responsible for pumping millions of gallons of water on a daily basis. Today, they serve as historic gems that need a bit of polishing before shining to their highest potential.