Golden Gate Park

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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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Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers Now Open

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms, coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden … Continue reading

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Events

Open Air Art Exhibition-Alvord Lake

Mar 24, 2017
Open Air Art Exhibition Image 2

Red Umbrellas is a non-profit organization of Independent Artists who organize art exhibits in public spaces. Enhancing direct and frequent contact between artists and the public, Red Umbrellas art shows beautify our … Continue reading

Open Air Art Exhibition-Music Concourse

Apr 2, 2017
Red Umbrellas Music Concourse

Red Umbrellas is a non-profit organization of Independent Artists who organize art exhibits in public spaces. Enhancing direct and frequent contact between artists and the public, Red Umbrellas art shows beautify our … Continue reading

Coyotes in San Francisco: Informational Talk and Workshop on April 5

Apr 5, 2017
Coyote Flyer

Join SF Animal Care & Control, Project Coyote and SF Rec and Park for an informational talk and workshop on coyotes in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at … Continue reading

Panhandle Park On-going Volunteer Project

Apr 8, 2017
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 landscape around the … Continue reading

GGP: Strawberry Hill Butterfly and Trail Project

Apr 8, 2017
Mission Blue Butterfly Making a Comeback

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

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