Golden Gate Park

Stow Lake Bridge

We’re proud to welcome more than 13 million visitors each year to Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world. The rest, as they say, is history.

Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. To help you plan your visit, we’ve highlighted just a few of the park’s special features and activities below. For more information, stop by McLaren Lodge to pick up a map, get involved, and find out what’s happening in San Francisco’s backyard. For information about reserving facilities for picnicsathletic eventsweddings, and special events, please contact our Permits & Reservations Division at (415) 831-5500.

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See ‘Stranded’ at the Conservatory of Flowers Thru Oct 18

Don’t miss the boat on “Stranded,” a fantastic exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, now through October 18. Visitors “wash up” on an uncharted tropical shore to learn the ins and outs of island survival. Stroll through a living jungle of life-saving plants and discover the best sources … Continue reading

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GGP: Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

Nov 28, 2015
Alvord Lake in Golden Gate Park

Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task Force to beautify the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park. A wide range of gardening tasks are available. Light refreshments provided. Please wear … Continue reading

Kezar Triangle Community Garden Volunteer Workparty

Dec 5, 2015
Kezar Triangle, Golden Gate Park

Volunteer at this recently opened community garden in Golden Gate Park.  With significant support from the David and Carla Crane Foundation, Kezar Triangle was revitalized to promote a holistic approach to a … Continue reading

Winter Student Sale @ Sharon Art Studio

Dec 6, 2015

Annual Student sale at Sharon Art Studio.  Come to the biggest sale of the year and take home handmade treasures made right here at the studio by students and instructors.

Panhandle Park On-going Volunteer Project

Dec 12, 2015
Panhandle Stewards

Get to know your neighbors at this monthly Panhandle Volunteer Project. The North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association needs your help to beautify and maintain the basketball court and landscaped around the … Continue reading

White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

Dec 19, 2015
GGP Bison Paddock

Volunteer with the Audubon Society at the Bison Paddock of Golden Gate Park and help to restore the habitat of the endangered white crown sparrow.  Lend a hand with weeding and tending … Continue reading

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