Golden Gate Park is a massive park situated in the heart of San Francisco. You can walk, bike or drive the 1.58 square miles. Pack a picnic, lots of water and check out how to spend the whole day in Golden Gate Park.
Things to Do
- Conservatory of Flowers
- Japanese Tea Gardens
- San Francisco Botanical Gardens
- California Academy of Science
- De Young Museum
- See the Windmill and Tulips
- Hike Strawberry Hill
- Rent a bike
With so much to do, its best to pick and choose activities that you like. Here’s a small breakdown of what each has to offer:
Conservatory of Flowers – Cost is $8. Takes about 10-15 minutes of walking through a really cool plant home, ending in a butterfly room. Check out rare plants and see if they have any special exhibits going on. Right now they have a really cool evening light show called Photosynthesis that can be seen from sundown to midnight, until October 21st!
Japanese Tea Gardens – Cost $8. Anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes, depending on how leisurely you walk. Grab some delicious cookies and jasmine tea for a light snack. Did you know fortune cookies where actually invented by the man who owns these gardens? That fact and 13 others are in my recent post: 14 interesting things about San Francisco.
San Francisco Botanical Gardens – $8 (although it’s free from 7:30AM-9AM everyday and on the second Tuesday of every month). Honestly, this place can take upwards of 2 hours, it’s that massive! 55 Acres to be exact. This is a good place to see a small redwood grove if you don’t have the chance to drive to Muir Woods or Sequoia.
California Academy of Science – Cost $35.95 adults/$25-$30 child. We spent 3 hours here… and we’re adults. The aquarium was one of the my favorite parts, along with the natural history part. Take the kiddos here for a fun afternoon of learning!
De Young Museum – Cost $15. This is a gorgeous museum of fine art. Right now they have a special Summer of Love exhibit, featuring: art, fashion and rock&roll. Visits can range from an hour to an entire day. It just depends how into the art you are.
Windmill and Tulips – This might be the place for your picnic or a really awesome IG photo. You can drive by, walk by or hang out in the Tulips. Check out the history of why this is here on goldengatepark.com
Hike Strawberry Hill/Paddleboat Stow Lake – The hike cost nothing and is a heavily trafficked 1.1 mile loop with gorgeous waterfall views and of the surrounding area. Paddle boat rentals range from $21.50 to $37 an hour depending on the boat.
Rent a Bike – Bike around the park, across the bridge, through the city! The sky’s the limit. There are few different companies offering tours or just rentals throughout and on the outskirts of the park. Prices roughly start at $8 per hour or $32 for the day.
Have a favorite park activity? I’d love to hear it! Comment below!