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The Best Things to do in Golden Gate Park

By Kat Chu

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Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s favorite and most famous places. Tourists and locals alike, enjoy over 1,000 acres of scenery and various attractions. It was even a refuge for people after the 1906 earthquake. There are tons of activities to do there, some more popular than others. The park was built in the 1870s, transforming the then sandy dunes into lush gardens. By 1875, there were over 60,000 trees. Attractions like museums and gardens soon opened, transforming the park into what it is now.

To get there from d.tech, you can take the bart from Millbrae station to Glen Park station and then the 44 bus inbound (find the stop on Bosworth st. across the street from the station entrance) until you reach the park.

Here are some of my favorite places in the park and things to do! Plus, they’re all free or relatively inexpensive.

The Conservatory of Flowers

The Conservatory of Flowers is a collection of exotic plants inside a Victorian style greenhouse. It’s a California Historical Landmark and a San Francisco Designated Landmark. I love it because it’s beautiful and calm inside, and also not too expensive to get in. It’s also amazing for pictures because of all the natural light. There’s a section of it where butterflies roam free that you have to step inside if you go. Admission is $6.00 for youth ages 12-17.

The Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is small yet adorable, with delicious tea and pastries. It’s the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Grab a few friends and your camera and enjoy the sights of the garden. Admission is also $6.00 for Youth ages 12-17.

Buffalo Paddock

I used to live in the Richmond district of San Francisco, but I went to school on the other side of the park in Sunset. Every day, we drove through the park, passing the bison who lived there and I was amazed to see them out roaming. It’s free!

De Young Museum

I’ve been to the De Young so many times and I still love it. It’s a calm, inspiring environment full of beautiful art. They’re always showing special exhibits, like the Oscar De La Renta exhibit last year or the Summer of Love one going on right now. Plus – it’s free if you’re 17 and under, so be sure visit before you turn 18!

Botanical Garden

I always find myself visiting when I make a new friend. I came here once with someone I just met, and it was the perfect place for conversation. It’s not too crowded, because it’s pretty big. All year round, there’s beautiful flowers blooming. Admission is $6.00 for Youth ages 12-17.


There’s tons of picnic space in the park. My favorite spot is outside the Conservatory of Flowers, aka “Bunny Meadow.”

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