Parks and playgrounds dot San Francisco, but Golden Gate Park, stretching 3.5 miles from the Panhandle to the Pacific, is the city’s crown jewel.
Now, 147 years later, its 1,017 acres (174 more acres than in New York’s Central Park) is filled with a dizzying array of activities. You can zip down a hillside on a concrete slide, row a boat around an island filled with turtles and browse a world-class art collection of paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries.
It’s a place that attracts tourists from all over the world and locals living in Victorians right across the street from its leafy edges—and together all of these visitors add up to over 13 million people stepping inside the park annually. Some of the attractions are well known, while others are hidden gems unknown to even longtime SF residents.
In the gallery above, we highlight many of the reasons we love Golden Gate Park. We know we weren’t able to include all the favorites and we hope you’ll help us expand our list in the comments.