SF Chronicle: The Best of Golden Gate Park’s East End

Music Concourse in Spring with people watching a concert

Best known for its world-class attractions – the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers – the east end of Golden Gate Park is a great place to spend an afternoon even if you can’t afford any admission tickets.

Rich in history and filled with gardens, statues, memorials and vistas, this end of the park offers experiences as light-hearted as a carousel ride and as sobering as a visit to the National AIDS Memorial Grove.