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Rent a San Francisco Limousine and Experience Glorious Golden Gate Park in Comfort and Style

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 21, 2010

One of the true jewels of the city, Golden Gate Park is home to some of San Francisco’s cultural treasures and many things to see and experience. What once consisted of sand dunes, sea grass and little else is now a vast verdant space perfect for picnicking, relaxing, walking, running and many other leisure pursuits. Around 13 million people visit this park every year for its beauty and the endless variety of things to see and do.

Bay Area residents and visitors from out of town owe a debt of gratitude to a fellow whom most have surely forgotten. In 1871, a 25-year-old civil engineer named William Hammond Hall was the park’s first Superintendent. In addition to designing the park, he introduced trees and plants to transform sand dunes into a verdant space the whole city could enjoy. Most of the park’s most memorable and recognizable buildings were built to host the 1894 Midwinter Fair, a brazen and successful attempt to attract tourists to the area and boost tourism. During this time, the city was eager to establish its cultural bona fides; so, they built a fine arts museum in the park.

In later years, they added American bison, along with horse stables and “theme areas” such as an Eskimo encampment, a Japanese village and other slices of exotic locales. Today, Golden Gate Park is home to world-class cultural facilities such as the following:

•    California Academy of Sciences
This remarkable facility is home to Kimball Natural History Museum, the Morrison Planetarium, the Steinhart Aquarium and a rainforest dome, and it has nearly 40,000 animals.
•    Conservatory of Flowers
The oldest glass-and-wood Victorian greenhouse in the Western Hemisphere, the Conservatory is home to more than 1,700 species of plants from around the world.
•    Japanese Tea Garden
Sculptures, paths, ponds, lovely plants, bridges and much more welcome visitors to this part of the park, which invites quiet contemplation among all the beauty.
•    De Young Museum
A newer feature of the park that opened in 2005, this museum features a wide range of art from all over the world from sculpture to textiles to carvings and much more.
•    San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Home to 26 distinct gardens, more than 8,000 varieties of plants and three large cloud forests, this Botanical Garden is helpfully located right next to the Japanese Garden.

After a full day of taking in the park’s many delights, you may wish to see and explore it at night while riding in comfort and sipping a relaxing beverage or two. You can add a nighttime tour of the park to one of our sightseeing tours or have one of our reservation specialists create a custom tour of the city that includes Golden Gate Park and any other destinations that you’d like. Renting our Bay Area limos is surprisingly affordable, and we guarantee it will make an evening unforgettable. If you’re visiting the San Francisco area or are a resident who wants to see your city in a new and entirely lovely way, call us today at 1-800-339-8936!

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