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Best parks in San Francisco

“50 blocks long and natural surroundings with museums like the Academy of Science, DeYoung, and gardens : Japanese Tea Garden, Arboretum, Conservatory of Flowers, Rose Garden besides tons of others, with Ocean Beach at the end of Park. A active, scenic place popular with locals and tourists alike. 2 blocks to the right across street, Local muni bus #43 will take you to 9th and Judah bus stop, walk downhill straight into Golden Gate Park or catch #44 bus at same bus stop with a transfer to stop in front of Academy of Science.”
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“Dolores Park has something for everyone... well at least everyone who isn't scared off by San Francisco's unique brand of weird. Great kids playground, gorgeous views of the city, and usually a guy selling weed-truffles. Grab some lunch at Bi-Rite and have a picnic. Be prepared for it to be crowded on a sunny day.”
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“There are many places in the park where you can stand and overlook the Golden Gate Bridge as well as the Pacific Ocean. The site is also a recognized California Historical Landmark”
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“Great place to go for a stroll or bike ride, throw a Frisbee or have a picnic. Can walk to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Fort Point from Crissy Field. ”
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“San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. The garden was created for an exhibition in 1894, when the exhibition closed a gentleman’s agreement was reached and the garden remained. As time went by the garden expanded to the size it is today, approximately 5 acres. Today the gardens are hugely popular with tourists who come to see the pagodas, stepping stones, arched bridges and native Japanese plants. There is also a koi pond and Zen garden. If you are hungry or thirsty on your visit you can stop for some traditional Japanese refreshments.”
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Historic Site
“Full house houses, short stroll and beautiful park, dog park and kids playground. Walk on Divisadero afterwards for food and drink options.”
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“A 15 minute walk that gets you 360 degree views of San Francisco. A variety of hiking trails, from easy to more challenging, with a view around every corner! Stop and grab a coffee or snack on Cortland Ave on your way up!”
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“lovely park. you can walk to it either through Bay str (if want it faster) or you can walk all the way to the water on Larkin and then follow the walking/bike trail along the water for the best scenic walk”
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“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. ”
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“Historic San Francisco landmark in Golden Gate Park since 1879 boasting rare tropical flowers and plants from around the world. Architectural gem with five distinct galleries. Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; open holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. ”
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Botanical Garden
“Lovely place to walk around and see the beautiful gardens in the middle of a city. ”
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“The peak of the hill offers an unobstructed panoramic view of the city of San Francisco from downtown to the Twin Peaks and is known colloquially as "The Fist" for its distinctive rock formation.”
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Scenic Lookout
“You can see the overview of SF downtown, looks amazing in the day or night time”
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“History, watching hang gliders, climbing sand dunes and amazing sunset. Personal favor: walk north from the parking lot (the trail on the top of the cliffs); explore stops with historical information; adventure into the sand dunes (ultimate fitness training); walk down the pass way to the beach; walk south along the beach, and you will arrive at the bottom of the cliffs from the parking lot; time the sunset as you climb the stairs back to the parking lot; watch the sun sinking into the sea from the observation deck on the top of the cliffs. ”
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Other Great Outdoors
“Surprisingly rugged park with lots of cool geological elements. Great for hiking and running.”
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“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.”
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