Golden Gate Park
Like Central Park in Manhattan, Golden Gate Park is one of those parks in San Francisco that offers a multitude of wonderful ways to amuse yourself outdoors in the heart of the city, whether you stroll the many paths through lush gardens and towering trees or visit one of the park’s main attractions. Highlights include the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Fragrance Garden, Strybing Arboretum, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Shakespeare Garden, and dozens of other treats. Don’t miss the newest destination in the park, the California Academy of Sciences. San Francisco’s central green space is three miles long and larger than New York’s Central Park; lush gardens, vast lawns, concerts, dreamy picnic spots, paddle boats, in-line skating-whatever the outdoor pastime, it’s very likely taking place here. The park is closed to automobile traffic on Sundays, making walking, biking and skating a treat. The sportier set can rent skates or bikes at 3038 Fulton St (415-668-1117).