Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers

You may have read Romeo and Juliet in high school or viewed the modern adaptations of...

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Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

A visit to the Japanese Tea House and Garden creates an intense awakening of the senses with the...

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Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden

To experience a brightly colored extravaganza of color, the tulips and other blooms at the Queen...

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Botanical Garden

A carnival of colors, scents, and vibrant visions decorate the space of the San Francisco...

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Hippie Hill

From the rhythmic beat of hand drummers to the questionable smoke signal swirls, you truly have no...

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Colonial Trees Grove

The Colonial Trees Grove in Golden Gate Park is unique because it is home to the collection of Colonie Historic Trees which pay homage to the original 13 Colonies. The plantings date back to 1896 – thanks to the efforts of the...

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AIDS Memorial Grove

As individuals living with AIDS, caregivers, and loved ones struggle to make sense of such an undiscriminating disease, support and comfort becomes one of their greatest allies. Filled with the hope and warmth that nature...

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Heroes Grove

The Heroes Grove in Golden Gate Park is dedicated to the memory of members belonging to the San Francisco Parlors, Native Sons of the Golden West, who gave their lives during World War I and II. A peaceful collection of coastal...

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Hoover Redwood Grove

Located in the middle of Golden Gate Park, the grassy oasis of Hoover Redwood Grove offers the scenery and natural beauty of local ‘gentle giants’ known as Coast Redwoods (or Sequoia sempervirens). The peaceful...

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Rose Garden

With the sun peeking through a cluster of trees lining the road beside the Rose Garden located at Golden Gate Park, an award-winning spread of flowers greet visitors. A unique variety of roses bloom as the public is enlightened...

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Spreckels Lake

Situated on the northern side of the park, you will find Spreckels Lake located close to 36th Avenue – a haven for active pursuits in Golden Gate Park. The lake was named after sugar magnate and former Park Commissioner of San...

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Alvord Lake

As you walk past the columns at the end of Haight Street, you will find a small lake in Golden Gate Park shaded by a cluster of trees. The man-made Alvord Lake dates back to the 1880s and was a part of the initial development of...

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Sharon Meadow

When seeking a shaded, versatile watering hole in the middle of Golden Gate Park, look no further than Sharon Meadow – located on the east side of the park. The meadow provides easy access to a multitude of fun options,...

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14th Ave East Meadow

Situated in the middle of Golden Gate Park, the 14th Ave East Meadow is ready to accommodate an array of leisure pursuits, family gatherings, and celebrations. The small meadow offers a suitable grassy glen located along John F....

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The Waterfalls of Golden Gate Park

The cascading allure of a waterfall is a mesmerizing sight to see, especially when you’re paying a visit to Golden Gate Park. To enhance the experience, the surrounding flora and fauna creates a magical moment that...

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Hellman Hollow West (Speedway West)

Hellman Hollow West (formally known as Speedway West) is different from the other Speedway picnic sites in Golden Gate Park because there are no available tables or BBQ grills to reserve. Yet in still, the meadow provides the...

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Peacock Meadow

Once upon a time, Peacock Meadow at Golden Gate Park was home to the colorful showy birds during the late 1890s when the creatures dwelled within an iron-fenced enclosure. The peacocks are no longer a feature of the park, but...

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Metson Lake

Despite its smaller size, Metson Lake has gained a reputation for being one of the prettiest lakes in Golden Gate Park. Less frequented than other bodies of water, the relatively overlooked location of the Metson Lake means you...

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Hellman Hollow Meadow (formally Speedway Meadow)

Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, Hellman Hollow (formally Speedway Meadow) is a lovely place to enjoy the outdoor scenery and vibrancy of the park. Renamed Hellman Hollow in 2012, the meadow pays homage to one of the...

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Old Hellman Hollow (Old Speedway Meadow)

Located on the western edge of Golden Gate Park, the tall trees bordering the striking grassy valley set the scene of Old Hellman Hollow (formally Old Speedway). It is here that locals gather to celebrate birthdays, graduations...

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Mallard Lake

Known as a real treat for birding enthusiasts, Mallard Lake is a small yet one of the ‘prettier’ bodies of water found in Golden Gate Park. With eye-catching treasures, a scattering of flowers, and increased...

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Bunny Meadow

Framed by towering trees and a garden border, the grassy space of Bunny Meadow in Golden Gate Park offers a pleasant, quiet hideaway to relax and enjoy your surroundings. This retreat is situated behind the Conservatory of...

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Lloyd Lake

There’s something quite magical about a lake decorated with the elegance of a white marble archway and majestic columns. Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park is home to a structure that fits this very description. Named in...

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Doughboy Meadow

Just a ways from John F. Kennedy Drive and past the Redwood Memorial Grove, you will find the delightful Doughboy Meadow. Perched atop a boulder, the laurel-wreathed statue is a favorite amongst children who enjoy romping about...

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Dahlia Garden (Dell) in Golden Gate Park

Located in the northeastern corner of Golden Gate Park (near the Conservatory of Flowers), the Dahlia Garden celebrates the official flower of San Francisco with a diverse spread of colors that grow in a thick, fenced-in...

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Elk Glen Lake

While elk may have roamed the greenery of Golden Gate Park at one time (along with many other exotic animals), the four-legged creature is no longer a resident of the park. Instead, you’ll find the sights and sounds of a...

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The East Edge

Stretching ½ mile along Stanyan Street and kissing the end of the Panhandle, the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park offers an array of attractions, including the reed- and fern-filled Alvord Lake, the historic McLaren Lodge, and...

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Whiskey Hill

When you’re looking for a scenic, peaceful walk in Golden Gate Park, don’t overlook Whiskey Hill – a 1/4-mile long walk with a path decorating the ridge. Shaded and woody, the hill offers seclusion and a connection...

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Stow Lake

Stow Lake is a manmade lake in Golden Gate Park with a rich history that dates back to 1893. The lake has provided San Franciscans with an outdoor escape for more than a century, as they come to enjoy the scenery and allure of...

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Oak Woodlands Natural Areas

While the majority of Golden Gate Park is decorated with manicured lawns, blooming flowerbeds, and additional ornamental details, every once in a while you’ll encounter historic reminders of San Francisco’s native...

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Rhododendron Dell

The Rhododendron Dell (also referred to as Rhododendron Island) is officially called the John McLaren Memorial Rhododendron Dell – a colorful space in Golden Gate Park that pays homage to the dedication of the former park...

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George Washington Bicentennial Grove

Offering greenery galore, shade trees, and pleasant hideaway for history buffs, the George Washington Bicentennial Grove at Golden Gate Park pays homage to the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. A redwood tree...

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Fuchsia Dell (Fuchsia Garden)

Located east of the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park’s Fuchsia Dell (or Garden) offers a breathtaking blend of walking paths and plantings that produce a lovely showing of blossoms and shrubs. The fuchsias in the...

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Golden Gate Park Bridle Paths

Golden Gate Park is a haven for a multitude of active pursuits, and although the park’s stables are no longer in operation, horse lovers can bring their trusty companions to enjoy miles of Bridle Paths. Early maps labeled...

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George Washington Elm

Planted in 1932, the George Washington Elm in Golden Gate Park has a historic connection to the first President of the United States. With the ability to live up to 200 years, you have plenty of opportunities to visit,...

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Lindley Meadow

If you’re looking for endless green, the Lindley Meadow at Golden Gate Park provides a superb setting for an enchanting city outing. Eucalyptus trees provide an intriguing border to the grassy stretch of land found along...

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Pioneer East Meadow

Follow the shaded tree-surrounded walkway from the Pioneer Log Cabin picnic site, and you will happen upon a shallow grassy plot of land the opens up to the Pioneer East Meadow. Providing plenty of room to host an event, picnic...

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Mothers Meadow

Mother’s Meadow was designated as a safe haven for parents and their children when Golden Gate Park formally accommodated popular yet more hazardous pastimes in the park, such as racing horses. Ever since, endless picnics...

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Marx Meadow

From providing a pleasant picnic destination to offering an entryway to the Golden Gate Park Disc Golf Course, Marx Meadow is a popular “chain of meadows” offering numerous spaces to reserve for all sorts of outdoor...

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