Best Parks in San Francisco


671 local Airbnb hosts recommend

People congregate here on sunny days to enjoy the amazing views of SF. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else. There's also a recently renovated playground that appeals to kids young & old. Bi... read more

Want to have a glorious time people watching on a sunny day? Pack a picnic and a 6-pack and walk on over to recently renovated Dolores Park. Check out the rather spectacular children's playground... read more

Dolores Park is every reason to come to The Mission. Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, weekend or weekday, you’ll always find people relaxing in this park. With a $20.6 million renovation recently comp... read more

592 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Absolutely gorgeous park! Home to the DeYoung museum, the Botanical garden, the Academy of Science, the Japanese Tea Garden, tennis courts, playgrounds, and lots of trails for jogging. One of my f... read more

San Francisco’s most famous park is only nine blocks north. You can get there via beach or street. We suggest renting a bike (see below), but the walk is nice too. Once in the park, take your pick ... read more

154 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Presidio is a National Park and treasure. It's a great place for a picnic on the main post, a bike ride, or a hike through eucalyptus trees. And, then there's the fabulous Bay views. The Presid... read more

The Presidio is where San Francisco began. This inspiring setting at the Golden Gate was home to native peoples for thousands of years. In 1776, Spain established a military fort on this land. Aft... read more

213 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Crissy Field, once an army airfield, is a beautifully reclaimed beach and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). You can stroll or bike down the beach all the way to the Golden G... read more

It used to be an airplane runway, and now it's a gorgeous flat dirt path and grass that hugs the Bay - perfect for running, biking, playing in the water (when the weather allows). Stop at the Warmi... read more

Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield, is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Historically part of the Presidio of San Francisco, Crissy Field closed as an airfield after 1974... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Park is near by. Big grassy area, and also a playground for kids. It also has a dog park area. Good place to sit around on a sunny day.

It's right around the corner and it's just lovely. Great place to hang out. Recently renovated, excellent playground, basketball court, dog run -- and the Harvey Milk Community Center.

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful Botanical Garden. Take a morning to go walking to the garden. You will enjoy the park so much!

The mild Mediterranean climate of the Bay Area is ideal for plants from surprisingly many parts of the world; at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, visitors can see, smell, and touch over 50,000 s... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great little hike up for awesome views, go to the kids swing set and have a swing with great view of the gorgeous St. Ignacius church.

Walk off your Zazie brunch with a little hike through Buena Vista Park. You'll see great views of the city and pass by some amazing mansions on the Cole Valley/Buena Vista Heights side.

It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park and renamed Buena Vista in 1894. It offers fantastic views of the city incl. GG park as well as impressive natural ... read more

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The 135-year old Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants. It's a lovely place to pop in for a tour of the weird world of plants

The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park.

A greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park. With construction having been completed in 1879, it is the oldest building in the park. It... read more

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Glen Canyon Park

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Elk St and Chenery Street·Map·Hours·Website·

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brand new and re-surfaced trails--easy for children and older people as well as a new children's playground and large field for kicking a soccer ball or playing catch. Often there are birds--Someti... read more

Glen Canyon is one of my favorite places to go for a hike nearby. Walk past the playground and behind the recreation center to enter a beautiful, natural wonderland that will completely make you f... read more

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Surrounded by museums, a movie theater, a bowling alley, a skating rink...you can't go wrong. Tons of shopping and places to eat, as well.

This is my favorite spot in San Francisco. The Martin Luther King Memorial and SFMOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Children's Creativity Museum and historic Carousel, the Museum of the Afr... read more

A small park with a beautiful memorial fountain and shops.

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

From the top of Corona Heights Park is a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of downtown San Francisco, the Bay, and Twin Peaks. Not to be missed & only 10 minutes walk from the home.

San Francisco is a city of vistas and Corona Heights Park offers a quick and easy ascent to a beautiful little peak with views of downtown, Marin and more. From here you can descend right into the ... read more

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tennis courts, basketball & newly redone kids' playground. Set on the top of our local SF peak, so a beautiful 360 degree view too!

Loacted only a block away is the beautiful Alta Plaza Pack (I call it the "Designer Dog Park"). Kid friendly, green, and spectacular city views; you get best of both worlds from each end of the par... read more

This small hilltop park to the west of Fillmore Street has tennis courts, a playground and panoramic city views. Why is it culture? The park was a meeting spot for Mary Ann Singleton in the Armiste... read more

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dolores Park on a sunny day - with or without children - take a picnic, grab some sunscreen and enjoy spectacular views of the city and the many interesting characters who call San Francisco home.

This park is perfect for a sunny afternoon. Take a blanket, grab some Bi-Rite and maybe even buy yourself some truffles from the legendary truffle guy...perfect SF day!

This is ours and a favorite locals hangout spot. It has sweeping views of the city and is an excellent spot for a picnic. Make sure to grab some beer, wine and picnic supplies from Bi Rite market j... read more

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Absolutely AMAZING views once you hiked up. You can easily reach this park from Kings Rd in Brisbane if you are into hiking or you can drive to the entrance on Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy. Either way, it... read more

Little known state park with a view of San Francisco and some surrounding cities. Can be stunning during sunset. Try challenging yourself and biking up the whole thing! :)

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bring a picnic blanket and a bottle of bubbles for a fun day in the park! With amazing view of Saint Peter and Paul church!

Historic park with a lawn the size of a city block, featuring festivals & free movie nights.

Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California, and is one of the city’s first parks, established in 1847. A popular destination for visitors and locals alike,... read more

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Play tennis, bring children to play in a fantasyland of swings and tunnels and merry-go-rounds. Recently renovated the flowers and grasses are beautiful as are the surrounding houses.

The first astronomical observatory on the West Coast was built in Lafayette Park in 1879. Now it's a cute neighborhood park loved by people and dogs alike.

Fantastic park that's only 2 blocks away. Definitely worth a stroll or even a picnic! There are also two free public tennis courts in excellent condition.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Neighborhood park where couples, families and friends gather to layout and enjoy the sun

A small, mellow park to hang out in. Lots of folks bring their dogs here, and there's a small playground at one end. Great place to have your own informal picnic lunch and catch some rays.

Flat park great for relaxing in the sun. Great playground for kids. Located right next to Precita Park Café and Harvest Hills Market.

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Twin Peaks

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501 Twin Peaks Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Snap a selfie with the entire Bay Area in the background. On a clear day, home to a view of all of the Pacific ocean, Alcatraz, Golden Gate and Bay Bridges shouldn't be missed

Beautiful 360 view of entire San Francisco Easy walk from my home~ right on Panorama, Right on Marview Way, on right side of Marview is a dirt path to Twin Peaks. Or continue on Marview, left Palo... read more

This hike, while challenging, is well worth it. Provides stunning views of the ocean, the downtown core and the Golden Gate Bridge. Be warned, the elevation and proximity to the ocean means that te... read more

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Home of the Painted Ladies and everyone's favorite scene from Full House's opening credits.

This park is a short walk away and is a popular spot for viewing the Painted Ladies, a group of colorfully painted Victorian houses with the San Francisco downtown in the background.

Playground with a view of downtown. Get your picture postcard photo of the Painted Ladies here. This is an excellent spot to picnic and take in the views. **Tip: tourist busses drop crowds off her... read more

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fun place on a beautiful day to be around young people and have fun! Bring a blanket, snacks, drinks, some friends (or yourself and meet others! You will see that everyone is friendly in this city)... read more

Right near amazing Fort Mason. It's a little bro-ish, but I love overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and watching the sailboats.

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Bison Paddock

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1237 John F Kennedy Dr·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yes, Golden Gate Park has bison. It's kind of crazy to be walking through the park and come across a herd of bison!

American bison have been a beloved SF institution since 1892, when a small heard was purchased by the park commission. This meadow in Golden Gate Park has been its home since 1899.

Part of the Golden Gate Park Top 10 Tour: : Aquariums & Zoos] Buffalos in San Francisco! Who knew? Why visit the home on the range when you can see real buffalo roam right here in Golden Gate Park ... read more

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Among the best locations for ocean views to the West & all the way to Berkeley to the East. Great exercise hiking up to the top. Head down the west side to see the Moraga St. stairs.

This park has one of my favorite views of the city! Walk up from Moraga and 16th on the east side of the park then down the long staircase on the west side. You will be amazed when you turn around!

Take the Moraga steps for a quick urban hike to a fantastic 360 view of San Francisco. Caution: it can get windy and cold up there :)

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Green Center Piece of Hayes Street surrounding the Best Neighborhood in San Francisco for the best low key and high class laid back destination neighborhood not on the Tourist radar Check out... read more

The heart of Hayes Valley is this cute little park. Come here to hang out, see art installations, shop, and eat. The best place to start exploring Hayes Valley.

A great little hang out park right in the middle of Hayes Valley. There's great food all around and a little play structure dome for the kids. There are sometimes food trucks, live music or films s... read more

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wonderful sunrises/sunsets. I favor this hill for central city views over Twin Peaks because it is much more intimate.

This is one of the best vistas in the city. You get a wider sweeping view of the city than Twin peaks and a fraction of the tourists, actually none, cause you have to walk up a hill!

AMAZING views of the city, Golden Gate and Bay bridges as well as Alcatraz. It's a bit steep (mostly road - then short path) but so worth the short walk! Amazing around sunset. Bring wine!

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Holly Park

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625 Holly Park Cir·Map·Hours·Website·

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great playground for toddlers on up in age. Very sunny and a wonderful view of the bay. There is also a tennis court here and basketball court.

If you enjoy jogging or just walking in nature, this park is 1O minutes walking distance from my house, heading West on Cortland Avenue. There is a basketball court, a baseball field, lots of grass... read more

Our local park with play area, baseball field, basketball court and tennis court.

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Take a break from sightseeing & run, walk or bike to the lake with a jogging trail on the perimeter. It's beside the Harding Golf course, a world-renowned course of the US Open.

Lake Merced, a large freshwater lake in San Francisco’s southwestern corner, is the heart of a 614-acre park that is popular with boaters, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers. A 4.5-mile paved tra... read more

Way too often overlooked by visitors to SF. Gorgeous lake surrounded by eucalyptus trees, where you can catch glimpses of Dragon Boats or rowing shells practicing, golfers at Harding and Olympic Cl... read more

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The highest natural point in San Francisco. A short hike up from the park entrance. Great views and not much of a crowd!

On a clear day the views are stunning up there and there is a cross that reflects some of the history of our town. Prepare for a nice and fun hike up the hill.

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kid and dog-friendly park. Don't have to climb hills to get there

Great for reading in the park, and awesome views of the city at night.

A great playground and grassy lawn with incredible views of San Francisco. If you're traveling with kids, this is a must. When leaving the park, travel down Vermont Street, which is actually the cr... read more

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best kids playground ever! Tons of things to do for all age groups. There's even a coffee and snack stand by the carousel! The huge cement slides on the hill are irresistible.

Golden Gate Park Gem! Awesome kids playground, with mega slides, etc. Carousel, and concessions. Great to add on to other GGPark siteseeing. Also check out 9th ave at IRving. Good shops and food.

Beautiful playground with a rock climbing wave, concrete slides, gigantic rope climbing structure, sand and water play, toddler zone, and more. Plus the carousel is just across the way.

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Formerly the grounds of a private residence, Sutro Heights Park is now a thoroughly-underappreciated public park with a commanding clifftop view of the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach, and Golden Gate P... read more

It offers stunningly beautiful views yet avoiding the crowds, who mostly venture out to Sutro-Baths and nearby walking area. Recommended for a picnic