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San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
is an oasis of culture, history, entertainment and recreation for residents and visitors alike. There is so much to see and do in this 1,017-acre park; you should plan to spend a couple of days exploring all it has to offer to do it justice. The park borders, Fulton, Lincoln, Great Highway and Stanyan Streets, and is easiest to reach by bus or cable car
. The Golden Gate Park is considered one of the best urban parks in the country
, with over a dozen manmade lakes, exotic species of trees, museums, and many other attractions. The late Janis Joplin was said to play her guitar at the park in the 1960s, under a large tree that is now dubbed the "Janis Joplin Tree."
The park was created in the 1870s and was lovingly designed and maintained by a Scottish naturalist, John Mclaren until his death at 90 years of age. There are numerous historical exhibits for history buffs to explore detailing Spanish American History, the Gold Rush, Native Americans and is home to the largest exhibits of early, military fortifications. The Academy of Sciences
is an enormous history museum that also houses the Steinhart Aquarium
and the Morrison Planetarium
. The De Young Fine Art Museum
is renowned for its American art collections featuring Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper.
The real gems of this lovely city park are the many gardens that transport a visitor away from the noise and congestion of the city to a flower filled sanctuary of peace and quiet. The Japanese Tea Garden
originated as an exhibit from the 1894 World's Fair. The garden covers over five acres of flowers, and Asian architectural design with an elaborate pagoda building, waterfall, bridge, pond, teahouse and gift shop. The Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum and the Conservatory of Flowers
are also not to be missed for their floral exhibits.
How to get to Golden Gate Park: By Bus 6,7,21,28,29,43,66,71
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
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