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 picnics, athletic events, weddings, and special events, please contact our Permits & Reservations Division at (415) 831-5500.
Like plants? Love people? Become a docent at San Francisco Botanical Garden! Docents delight, inspire and teach visitors by leading tours and interactive, hands-on activities in the Garden. Participate in one of our biannual trainings and explore the wondrous collections of San Francisco Botanical Garden, while gaining skills to share … Continue reading
With 16,800 panes of glass, the Roof Improvements project is an important component of the ongoing maintenance this unique building requires. Currently, we are replacing deteriorating roof putty with new silicone caps and sealant while preserving the historic integrity of the building. Additionally, we are replacing or securing panes of glass as necessary. … Continue reading
This spring, the Conservatory of Flowers gets rough and tumble as it celebrates some of the more ornery gangs of the plant world in a new exhibition. Set amongst the rusty remnants of an old ghost town, The Wild Bunch, on view May 6 – October 16, 2016, explores the … Continue reading
Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire How City Employees and the Park Aid Station Helped San Francisco in its Hour of Need By Ryan Kelly This past Monday, April 18, marked the 110th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, which destroyed 28,000 buildings and instantly displaced 250,000 city … Continue reading
EventsSep 3, 2016
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
Polynesian Gift Hut & No Limits Worship Center Aloha Poly Fest Crafts, Vendors, Food, Raffles, Entertainment, Kids Korner & more…… FREE ADMISSION
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the … Continue reading
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 landscape around the … Continue reading
If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department! … Continue reading