This February, pre-celebrate Valentine’s Day or find a new love in Golden Gate Park, and then after the haze of romance has dissipated – take advantage of a variety of opportunities to explore the park by running, walking, and riding.
Valentine’s Pre-Celebration at Conservatory of Flowers (Feb 9)
This after hours Valentine’s event is sure to kick off romance for an upcoming February 14 celebration. The Conservatory of Flowers is hosting ‘Jungle Love’ on February 9, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – giving guests access to 12,000 square feet of exotic, fragrant and rare flowers. Other perks include a cash bar, specialty brews of craft beer makers, live music with Jazz Quartet, poems on demand, and a late night peek at the Garden Railway. This event is for 21 and over only. Tickets cost $5. For more information, check out http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org.
Guided Segway Tours in the Park
Have you heard that you can enjoy a guided Segway tour of Golden Gate Park? There are more than 1,000 acres of greenery and other sights for you to explore with the help of Segway i2’s with Lean Steer. The park has its own exclusive licensed Segway tour operator located behind the bandstand at the Music Concourse. In order to enjoy this experience, you must make a reservation. Professional guides are waiting to treat you to a fully narrated journey. Tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (November to March) and 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. (April to October).
City Running Tours (Feb 12)
Looking for an opportunity to enjoy a group run about Golden Gate Park? On Saturday, February 12, 2011 (10 a.m.), pass by the Japanese Tea Garden, the Botanical Garden, Buffalo Paddock, rose gardens, the California Academy of Science, and the DeYoung Museum during a run through the park. The overall course is flat and measures about 6 ½ miles. Registration ends on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 3 p.m. A bottle of water will be provided to each participant. For more information, click here.
Thinkwalks Walking Tour (Feb 13)
Beyond the original borders of San Francisco were dunes called the Outside Lands. In the past, the region was regarded a wasteland, but today, it’s a pretty nice place to be. If you’re looking for an outlet for exercise, consider the Thinkwalks Walking Tour filled with history. This two-mile excursion starts at the Haight and continues on to the museums of Golden Gate Park. Meet at the Post Office at Clayton and Haight on February 13, 2011 – exactly at 11:30 a.m. The walk is set to end at 2 p.m. You must RSVP as this event is limited to 15 people. Donations are asked – between $10 and $40. More info: http://www.thinkwalks.org/tours/
Lunar New Year Floral Display (until Feb 20)
Golden Gate Park is home to the colorful, nature-lover approved Conservatory of Flowers. During the month of February, you can celebrate the Chinese New Year: Year of the Rabbit right at your favorite park. Step into the Conservatory to enjoy plant symbols of the Lunar New Year, such as pomelo, kumquat, and Mandarin oranges. There will also be a handful of unique and aromatic citrus plants hailing from all over Asia, including Buddha’s Hand and Rangpur lime. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to enjoy good fortune and wealth for 2011. The floral display is held every day (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit ends on February 20, 2011.