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Portals of the Past

The Portals of the Past is an unusual little monument at Golden Gate Park. Standing on the shores of Lloyd Lake (just to the west of the DeYoung Museum), these columns actually … Continue reading

Shakespeare Garden

A Shakespeare garden is a themed garden that cultivates plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. In English-speaking countries, particularly the United States, these are often public gardens associated with parks, … Continue reading

GGP Rhododendron Dell

The Rhododendron Dell is a 20 acre site, located in the heart of Golden Gate Park along Kennedy Drive near the Music Concourse. It was designed to honor John McLaren, the father of … Continue reading

Kezar Stadium

Kezar Stadium is a stadium located adjacent to Kezar Pavilion in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park. It is the former home of the San Francisco 49ers and of the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse. It also served … Continue reading

Chain of Lakes

Before Golden Gate Park’s builders transformed the landscape, there were 14 marshy lakes nestled within the sand dunes that covered this part of San Francisco. Now only five remain, including the Chain … Continue reading

Stow Lake

Golden Gate Park’s largest body of water, Stow Lake is a popular spot for strolling, picnicking, and pedaling around in boats, which can be rented at the boathouse. Created in 1893, the … Continue reading

Music Concourse

The Music Concourse, a landscaped basin between the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum, is a vital civic and cultural space within Golden Gate Park, hosting free concerts on Sundays during the … Continue reading

Bison Paddock

Visitors to Golden Gate Park are often astounded to stumble upon a herd of American bison browsing in a meadow in the park’s western end, but these huge, shaggy Great Plains denizens … Continue reading

Panhandle Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

10th Ave & Fulton Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Herschell-Spillman Carousel

Three carousels have been housed in Golden Gate Park near the Koret Children’s Quarter since the playground opened. The current carousel was built in 1914 by the Herschell-Spillman Company and operated at … Continue reading

Koret Playground & Carousel

Generations of San Franciscans (and young visitors from around the world!) have fond memories of the children’s playground and carousel in Golden Gate Park’s southeast corner. The playground, called the Sharon Quarters for Children … Continue reading

Lincoln Ave Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Panhandle Childrens Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Chain of Lakes Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Big Rec Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Arboretum South Restrooms

The City’s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Arboretum North Restrooms

The City’s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Hellman Hollow Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Haight St Entrance Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Chalet Soccer Fields Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Bandstand Public Restrooms

The City’s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Japanese Tea Garden Women’s Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Japanese Tea Garden Men’s Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Conservatory Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Horseshoe Pits Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Polo Field South Restrooms

The City’s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Panhandle Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Sharon Meadow Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Rose Garden Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Polo Field North Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

Stow Lake Restrooms

The City?s hard-working custodial staff keeps Recreation and Park restrooms in great shape. You can rely on finding clean, well-marked facilities nearby to ensure that your visit is a comfortable one.

GGP Petanque Courts

Petanque is a French game similar to lawn bowling or bocce ball. The courts have a small, active community, the SF Pentanque club.

Disc (Frisbee) Golf Course

San Francisco’s first disc golf course is located in Golden Gate Park in Northern California. A tightly wooded 18-hole course, this course is fun for beginners and a challenge for experts. The … Continue reading

GGP Archery Fields

One of the many unique features of the park, the Golden Gate Park Archery Field is located at 47th Avenue and Fulton Street. No reservations are required for this field. Hay bales … Continue reading

San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum grows and conserves plants from around the world — more than 8,000 varieties in 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces. Stroll through … Continue reading

Conservatory of Flowers

A Victorian confection of wood and glass, the Conservatory of Flowers, which opened in 1879, is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park and one of San Francisco’s most beloved landmarks. It … Continue reading

de Young Museum

The de Young, San Francisco’s oldest museum, is housed in a strikingly modern copper-sheathed building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. The building, which opened to the public in … Continue reading

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences, home to an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, is a groundbreaking research and educational institution. Devoted to studying and sharing the diversity of life on the … Continue reading

Beach Chalet

This 1925 Spanish Revival-style building at the park’s western end, designed by renowned architect Willis Polk, originally housed a lounge and bathing facilities for Ocean Beach swimmers on the ground floor and … Continue reading

Dutch Windmill

On the far western edge of Golden Gate Park stand two wooden windmills that were built to pump groundwater for irrigating the park’s lawns and gardens, helping to transform the dunes that … Continue reading

Bowling Green Clubhouse

The San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club (SFLBC) is an organization committed to the health and well-being of it members, to the community, and to fostering and promoting the game of lawn bowls. … Continue reading

Anglers Lodge

Tucked away in the park’s western end, just across from the Bison Paddock, are three serene pools and a rustic mountain-style lodge, home to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. Generations … Continue reading

Sharon Art Studio

Course Catalog for Summer 2014 The Sharon Art Stu­dio (SAS) is San Francisco’s largest pub­lic art cen­ter. Jointly oper­ated by the San Fran­cisco Recre­ation and Parks Depart­ment (SFRPD) and the Friends of … Continue reading

Model Yacht Clubhouse

From early March through late October, Spreckels Lake is the place to catch model yachts — both sail and power boats — in action. Home to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, … Continue reading

County Fair Building

With event space for 50 to 2,000, the County Fair Building is one of the most popular venues in the city for community events, meetings, weddings and other private parties. Featuring a … Continue reading

Helen Crocker Russel Hort Library

“The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, established in 1972, is northern California’s most comprehensive horticultural library. The library houses approximately 27,000 volumes and 350 plant and garden periodicals. The library collections … Continue reading

McLaren Lodge

Built in 1896, McLaren Lodge was the home of the park department’s first superintendent, John McLaren, until 1943. McLaren Lodge is currently both the headquarters for the Recreation and Park Department and … Continue reading

Pioneer Log Cabin

We want to help you to reserve the space that you need. We have upgraded our phone system to make that easier for you. Please call us at (415) 831-5500 so that … Continue reading

GGP Horseshoe Pits

Hidden away in the secluded northeast section of Golden Gate Park, the horseshoe court dates back to the 1920s, with hand-hewed rock, a raised arena, and concrete relief sculptures added in a … Continue reading

Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden

Motorized pumps were first installed in the Dutch Windmill in 1913 to augment the power system, and the Murphy Windmill was electrified soon after. It is commonly believed that the windmills were … Continue reading

Arizona Garden

“Golden Gate Park never stops blooming, and its gardeners never stop working. The entire park is a garden created out of sand dunes by gardeners’ hands in the 1870s, and generations of … Continue reading

Camellia Garden

“Golden Gate Park never stops blooming, and its gardeners never stop working. The entire park is a garden created out of sand dunes by gardeners’ hands in the 1870s, and generations of … Continue reading

AIDS Memorial Grove

The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS, and a dedicated space where people can gather to heal, hope, and remember. Its … Continue reading

Dahlia Garden

“Golden Gate Park never stops blooming, and its gardeners never stop working. The entire park is a garden created out of sand dunes by gardeners’ hands in the 1870s, and generations of … Continue reading

Fuchsia Dell

The Fuchsia Dell (or Garden) of Golden Gate Park was established in 1940 and is located east of the Conservatory of Flowers. It offers various walking paths and plantings that display a … Continue reading

GGP Bowling Greens

Golden Gate Park has three “flat-green bowls” perfect for a game. The bowling greens are also home to the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club and features a clubhouse and parking.

Japanese Tea Garden

Admission Prices The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is the oldest in the United States, created for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition as the fair’s Japanese Village exhibit. The garden’s … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex

Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park (just minutes away from iconic Haight-Ashbury district and the Conservatory of Flowers), lies one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets: the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex. … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Natural Areas

While most of Golden Gate Park has been landscaped with lawns, flowerbeds and other ornamental features, a few remnants of San Francisco’s oak woodlands still exist in this world-renowned park. The northeast … Continue reading

GGP Dog Play Area 1

Golden Gate Park, visited by 13 million people a year, is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Out of a windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master … Continue reading

GGP Dog Play Area 2

Golden Gate Park, visited by 13 million people a year, is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Out of a windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master … Continue reading

GGP Dog Play Area 3

Golden Gate Park, visited by 13 million people a year, is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Out of a windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master … Continue reading

GGP Dog Training Area

Golden Gate Park, visited by 13 million people a year, is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Out of a windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Golf Course

*Note: the initial Resident Golf Card login information provided by letter does not integrate with Golden Gate Park GC’s booking portal. To book a tee time, please register a new account, or … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park

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 … Continue reading