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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
December 20, 2011
From journal More things to see in San Francisco
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
March 19, 2007
From journal Walking San Francisco
August 14, 2006
From journal Fun in the sun in San Francisco
St. Augustine, Florida
July 18, 2006
From journal Long (Full) Weekend in San Francisco
Mexico city, Mexico
April 24, 2006
From journal The Golden Gate and Alcatraz
Birmingham, United Kingdom
April 3, 2006
If you wanted to see everything the park offered, I would recommend spending the full day there, as it is massive—it took us 15 minutes to drive from one end to the other!
From journal Beautiful San Francisco in 2 Days
February 6, 2006
From journal Weekend in San Francisco
January 17, 2006
From journal San Francisco: The City by the Bay
by Pamela Nayor
August 8, 2005
From journal Family Escape to San Francisco
New York, New York
October 8, 2004
Website: Golden Gate Park
Of course, no visit to ‘Cisco would be complete without stepping into this famous park. (map) Golden Gate Park, once covered with sand dunes, is SF’s largest park, and is bigger than Central Park. The park was designed in 1870 by William Hammond Hall, and Hall selected John McLaren in 1887 to be his successor as park commissioner. McLaren dedicated the next 50 years of his life to Golden Gate Park, and one of his first declarations on taking the job was that there were to be no "keep off the grass" signs. Such a public sentiment still rings true today — it is speculated that 75,000 people troll through the vast regions of the park on an average weekend.
I went on a cloudy day, but the overcast weather didn’t detract from the beauty. I made my way to what my friend’s called "Hippy Hill" first, as that’s where a lot of young people have congregated since the '60s. As to be expected, there were plenty of drum circles and hacky sackin' to participate in. And I must have heard this 20 times in ten minutes: "Hey man. Lookin’ for some weed?," "Buds, buds, buds," and "What do ya need, man?"
The park is huge, and contains four specialized gardens and two museums, so go on a day when you have a considerable amount of time to spend. The Japanese Tea Garden is a city-wide favorite, and it’s open daily 8:30am to 5:30pm. There’s an admission of $3.50, but if you go during the last hour it’s opened, it’s free. It is said that this is where the original fortune cookie was invented. There’s also the Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers, where literary lovers can peruse over 150 flowers that made appearances in Shakespeare’s poems and plays.
However, if you only have an hour or two to spend, simply walking through and admiring the wide selection of flora is an hour well spent.
From journal If You’re Going to San Francisco…