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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Golden Gate Park)
415-561-4700
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Ranked #8 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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. Best to visit our website to see what other areas of the park we cover. « less
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Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We visited Golden Gate Park when we went to The SF Botanical Garden. There was a lot more to do there than just visit the garden areas. The only drawback was that the signage was confusing.

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El Cerrito, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The GGNRA is vast and offers great outdoors possibilities. Hiking is fantastic, some battery sightseeing, farm dairies, beaches, wild animals, what do you want more if you are an outdoors enthusiast?

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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Some of the best things to do here is free and this is one of them. Wear your comfortable shoes and bring layers since our city is known for having micro climates. Temp can change 10 degree or more in a matter of 1km (around half mile).

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San Francisco
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area covers several parks in several counties. I spend a lot of time in the Marin Headlands hiking and riding horses. Locals love to come here, and tourists with cars should not miss it. The only thing is, they need a better plan to keep space available to off-leash dog walkers. San Francisco has tons... More

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Hobart, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We didn't have the time I would have liked to spend but the park is gorgeous. I will spend longer next time. We had enough time to walk the length of the park - and see the bison! - and at the beach end caught a bus back to the city (via a stop off to see the a Painted... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The GGNRA has long been a jewel of San Francisco, but this was the first time I drove through the Presidio, where I had worked for 6 years when it was still an active US Army base. What I saw was a beautiful campus, the grounds and buildings appeared well maintained. This area at the south end do the Golden... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Big, beautiful park. Drive west to the beach and watch the sunset. Park and walk over to the Ocean Chalet and get a seat by the window and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail. Nice.

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Seattle
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139 reviews 139 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This 70 miles of California coast is the primary reason why I visit the San Francisco area at least twice a year ... and also the San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, a separate park with museums, gardens and urban trails is another reason. Last week I lucked out and got a couple of nice days to drive up the coast... More

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St. Johns, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Biking along Crissy field is a nice pleasant build-up to crossing the Golden Gate. There's lots of areas to do whatever you want - exercise, relax, etc.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Allow at least two days to cover much of what is here to see and do. With museums, gardens, beautiful walks and sites to see, it is a lot to take in!

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