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Buena Vista Park

Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
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Ranked #77 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Parks, Lookouts
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Hieghts neighborhoods of San Francisco. Iti is the oldest official park in San... more »
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Brisbane, Australia
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299 reviews 299 reviews
201 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We were out pounding the pavement and found ourselves near Buena Vista Park, I knew of the park and had thought maybe we might visit but then remembered that our host did not recommend it. As I was so excited to seeing my first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge we decided to climb to the top of the park... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A great place to enjoy some of the landscape and versatile architecture! The park is actually man-made, but was created early in the city's history as people realized the need to maintain green spaces. Lots of history--especially in that people crowded into the park to live following the post earthquake and fire destruction in the early 1900s.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Found a homeless guy to give us a tour of the area and he took us up the hill of Buena Vista park. He took us to a clearing on the hill that over looked the entire city, past the bridge. He gave us a real history of what was going on in the city and things tour guides dont... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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104 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Not sure why BV Park gets as high ratings as it does. The views from the top are negligible. The views from a bit below the summit on the north (Haight St side) are better but still not as good as other locales. Maybe it’s the large grassy area adjacent to Haight St? I dunno but if this park hadn’t... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

one of the best views of the city from a very interesting and green spot. It's hard to get to the top but honestly the view will make you forget about tiredness immediately!

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7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We were on a cross-city ramble with the goal of Haight/Ashbury, Golden Gate Park & the Pacific when we stumbled upon this park. What a great discovery for us! The park is basically a hill so the trails are steep to get to the top. But the views are worth it! You get good views of the bay to the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I hadn't heard about this park, like I had heard about Golden Gate Park, Presidio, and Alamo Square. Now it's my new favorite! I took a self-guided walking tour of the Haight/Ashbury area and this was the first stop. Took the 71 bus from Market Street (financial district downtown). Drops you off right by the park. I was a little... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Don't let the homeless folks scare you off. This is a nice park with pretty decent views. Don't forget your bottle of oxygen! It is steeper than it looks. Keep an eye out for the homeless guy with a Siamese cat on a leash- how funny!

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26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

If you approach from the north side of the park, beware that you've got an uphill hike to the views. There's a way to approach from the south more easily. We walked up from Haight Ashbury. The higher you go the better the views.

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102 reviews 102 reviews
50 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

On the way to Haight-Ashbury we stopped here. Well, we tried to stop here and it turned into a hike, but it was worth it! Views over the entire city, lovely nature, fresh air... Definitely worth it :) Forget Haight-Ashbury, this is what you need to visit!

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