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 this patch of grass is still a favorite amongst locals. In the past, the meadow has served as the location for a multitude of events, including yoga retreats, running competitions, and volleyball tournaments.
Things to Do
Peacock Meadow provides a grassy getaway situated in the northeastern corner of the park. Since the large space of the meadow is flat – the location is ideal for kicking around the ball, enjoying a volleyball game, or simply running wild in the wind.
The meadow also accommodates plenty of picnics despite a lack of tables or BBQ grills…but you can always bring your own equipment. For the adults, beer and wine are allowed at the picnic area, but remember that kegs and hard liquor are not permitted in the park. Don’t forget to keep open containers confined to your picnic space.
To use the bathroom, travel down John F. Kennedy Drive to find the restrooms, which are located on the far (west) side of the Conservatory of Flowers. While you’re there, you may want to check out the latest blooms at the Conservatory.
Location and Parking
You will encounter the beauty of Peacock Meadow on John F. Kennedy Drive – between Conservatory Drive East and the Conservatory of Flowers. While there are no signs identifying the meadow, it is next to a sign that points to the Dahlia Garden. Drivers will find free parking along JFK Drive, but will not be able to drive on the street on Saturdays (from April to September) and Sunday all year-round.