- EXPLORE OUR PARKS
- Points of Interest
Points of Interest
Our system feature some of the world's most iconic parks, including Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts and Coit Tower. Dolores Park is perhaps the city's most popular and hippest parks, and boaters from across the globe dock at the San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor. Check it out!
Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike. Its observation deck, reached by elevator, provides 360-degree views of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. The simple fluted tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy eccentric and patron of the city’s firefighters. Coit Tower main page
Palace of Fine Arts
Don’t forget your camera! The iconic Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most photographed sites in the city, featured in numerous film and TV productions. It’s also a popular wedding location and dazzling performance venue, as well as a wonderful place for a stroll. Admire the Greco-Roman style Rotunda and colonnades, and watch swans drift across the peaceful lagoon. Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, this urban temple has become a San Francisco treasure, beloved by residents and visitors alike. Palace of Fine Arts main page
Golden Gate Park
World-renowned Golden Gate Park is San Francisco’s largest park. At 1,017 acres, the park has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to check out the popular Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers or museums; or simply looking for a quiet spot to read a book. You can hike, roll, stroll or run through the park. Rent a bike or Segway; row or pedal your way across Stow Lake; hop on a horse; ride the carousel. The possibilities are endless, and it can all be found here in Golden Gate Park. Visit our Golden Gate Park main page to learn more.
Tucked away amidst housing, the I-280 freeway, and BART tracks, Cayuga Playground is one of San Francisco’s hidden park gems. Retired and longtime gardener Demetrio "Demi" Braceros transformed Cayuga Park’s naturalistic surroundings, including fallen trees and branches, into works of art. His unique themed gardens and whimsical woodcarvings were featured on the PBS television series California’s Golden Parks and in the San Francisco Chronicle. A renovation project in 2014 transformed the park and preserved Demi’s work for generations to come. Visit the Cayuga Playground main page for more info.
A Leave-No-Trace park encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations, the vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood. Here you’ll find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash dog play areas. Yes, many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are held here, and on sunny afternoons, people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond. Dolores Park main page
Marina Yacht Harbor
The Marina Yacht Harbor is a destination sought by thousands of boaters from all over the world. The oldest recreational marina operating in San Francisco, and perhaps the Greater Bay Area, the harbor has had vessels berthed in its original basin, now known as the West Harbor, since before the 1906 earthquake. The entire facility has 727 berths, including 15 end ties for guest berthing vessels up to 50 feet LOA, free pump out stations and a commercial fuel dock. San Francisco Marina also features the adjacent Marina Green, which is home to many events including the Escape From Alcatraz race and Fleet Week. Marina Yacht Harbor main page
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is a unique treasure in the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community. It is a space for environmental education, workshops, assembly and place where youth, families and community can gather and engage with nature. The EcoCenter facility was designed to be a classroom and serve as a model of green building technology. It is an off-the-grid facility with its own solar energy system including a living roof, sustainable building materials, on-site wastewater treatment and rainwater harvesting and reuse systems. The park and facility are owned and maintained by the Port of San Francisco and operated by San Francisco Recreation and Parks.
TPC Harding Park Golf Course
TPC Harding Park is a must-play for San Francisco and Bay Area residents and visitors alike. TPC Harding Park’s championship layout championship follows the original routing designed by architect Willie Watson and Sam Whiting in 1925. The Harding Park golf course is lined with towering Monterey Cypress trees and borders Lake Merced. TPC Harding Park has contoured green complexes and four sets of tees will challenge every golfer from beginner to the most skilled player. The 2020 PGA TOUR Championship tournament will be held here in 2020.
Sigmund Stern Grove
Experience world-class symphony, opera, dance, world music and more in an unparalleled outdoor setting. The concert meadow is best known as the home of the Stern Grove Festival, a beloved San Francisco institution that presents free concerts every Sunday afternoon in the summer. Come early, bring a picnic and relax on the groomed lawn amid eucalyptus and pine groves. There’s more than music on the menu: historic Stern Grove is a full outdoor recreation complex with athletic fields, courts, a children’s playground and dog play area. Play tennis or croquet, pitch horseshoes or toss a Frisbee. Stern Grove main page
Visit the landmark Sunnyside Conservatory and experience a piece of history. Stroll through the hundred-year-old garden, rejuvenated with a thriving collection of drought-tolerant plants, succulents and palms. The octagonal redwood building, which dates to 1900, has been completely renovated for public use. It now hosts cultural events for the community and is available for private parties by reservation.