When it comes to paying a visit to Golden Gate Park, there are many different ways to reach this extraordinary destination. While some people like to hop in their car and race to the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, or to the Buffalo Paddock, others prefer to take the scenic route, leaving behind the hassle of parking their vehicle. Below you will find a few transportation options to consider when you’re in the mood to enjoy the satisfying outlets associated with Golden Gate Park:
Cars allow you to come and go as you please, but you will have to deal with the issue of parking. When looking for a place to park your car, the Music Concourse Garage is open on a daily basis from 7:30am to 10pm. During the week, the garage charges $2.50 per hour for parking, while the weekends cost $3 per hour. The entrance to the garage can be found at 10th Avenue and Fulton Street. Additional places to park a car can be found along a variety of side streets within the park, as well as down the length of John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The public bus transportation of San Francisco offers a Golden Gate Park shuttle that provides free service to passengers situated at one of 15 locations scattered about the park. This mode of transportation is available during the weekends and holidays, from 10am to 6pm until the middle of December.
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) provides an array of helpful connections to Golden Gate Park from a variety of transit stops located about the city. You should also know that MUNI riders who use a Fast Pass or possess a transfer may receive a $2 discount to enter the de Young Museum. A range of MUNI trip planners and schedules allow individuals to plan the best route for reaching the Golden Gate Park. Additional information can be located by calling 415-673-MUNI (6864) or visiting http://www.sfmta.com/cms/home/sfmta.sfmta or www.sfmuni.com.
Biking your way throughout Golden Gate Park allows you to get a breath of fresh air while gaining a bit of healthy exercise. The lengthy, narrow structure of the park makes the perfect terrain and opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Golden Gate Park also provides miles and miles of paved trails surrounded by lush, green fields and lovely waterfalls for bike riders to enjoy. Cycling is also especially pleasurable on Sundays when some of the streets become closed to automobiles. Looking for a place to park your bike? The Music Concourse Garage provides free parking from 7:30am to 10pm.
Need to rent a bike? Equipment rentals are offered at Stow Lake Bike & Boat Rentals (50 Stow Lake Drive; (415) 752-0347); Golden Gate Park Bike and Skate (3038 Fulton Street; (415) 668-1117); American Cyclery (510 Frederick Street and 858 Stanyan Street; (415) 664-4545); Avenue Cyclery (756 Stanyan Street; (415) 387-3155); Park Cyclery (1749 Waller Street; (415) 221-3777); and Skates on Haight (1818 Haight Street; (415) 752-8375).