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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

2 Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan Street), Bldg 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Golden Gate Park)
415-561-4700
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Ranked #10 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Parks, National Parks, State Parks
Activities: Walking, Inline skating, Hiking
Owner description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San... more » Owner description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, Golden Gate National Recreation Area also includes areas such as Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. « less
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Houston
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It is a beautiful park with lots of scenery. You will not be disappointed! It is a wonderful place for a picnic. The temperature can be very cold sometimes even in the summer.

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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285 reviews 285 reviews
92 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Amazing views just right next to the city. They even have camping options but you may want to book early

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Miami, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We walked a large part of the park, thru the flower gardens and saw all kinds of cool stuff. You're not allowed to ride bike (or at least that's what I recall) so it's mainly foot traffic. There are tons of people all over the place

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14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's hard to rate a free activity...so I have to judge it in measures of time. And this one is worth your time! Getting to the top of the park (and bridge) was a challenge. It was sooooo crazy busy and cars were lined up for blocks waiting for a parking spot. We decided to head to the bottom which... More

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34 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Other than Alcatraz, this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to San Francisco. The views are not to be compared to anywhere else! It was extremely windy and cold across the bridge at the photo rest stop, so dress in layers. But most definitely, do not deny yourself the chance to see this wonder and the views... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We rented bicycles on the street facing the park (east side). There is so much to see and do in the park, Plant conservatory, Japanese gardens, Bison paddock, de yeung art museum, and much more!

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Richmond, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Loved the area, so clean and maintained. Had been here before but not to walk across the bridge. Very worth it and will do again on next visit!

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you are in San Francisco then you must cross the Golden Gate Bridge and visit this beautiful exhibit of nature.

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Seattle, Washington
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14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Wonderful day. Lovely walk. Great view. Quaint snack shack. Helpful staff. Perfection. Great place for family outing

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Atlanta, GA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I didn't realize how large this park is until the last visit. It is on both sides of the bay and has some truly beautiful views of the bridge, coast, and mountains. The Point Bonita lighthouse on the north side of the bridge is supposed to be a particularly amazing place to see. We didn't know about it and couldn't... More

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