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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Natural Areas Program at Oak Woodlands

A snapshot of the SFRPD Natural Areas Program staff and volunteers taking care of some of the oldest Coastal Live Oak trees in the city of San Francisco at the Oak Woodlands, an extraordinary remnant of native landscape in the northeast corner of Golden Gate Park. Come join the fun … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail opens in celebration of National Trails Day SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of a new urban trail alongside Park Presidio Boulevard in celebration of National Trails Day.  … Continue reading

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Friday Nights at the de Young

Sep 26, 2014
deYoung Museum

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance … Continue reading

GGP: Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

Sep 27, 2014
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

North Lake Volunteer Workparty

Sep 27, 2014
GGP North Lake

Join the members of the Audubon Society and the SFRPD gardeners in a recurring volunteer workparty at North Lake in Golden Gate Park that focuses on habitat restoration.  Lend a hand with weeding … Continue reading

Bean Sprouts Family Days

Sep 27, 2014
SF Botanical Garden

Why not start a new tradition with family and friends and GET OUTSIDE TO PLAY at the Garden! Families with children of all ages can enjoy nature crafts, garden care, outdoor games … Continue reading

Zumba in the Park – GGP Carousel

Sep 28, 2014
women doing zumba

Come party yourself into shape with free Zumba classes. Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow calorie-burning dance-fitness party. You will get a great workout while enjoying San Francisco’s wonderful weather, Parks, and Recreation … Continue reading

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