Golden Gate Park
San Francisco is brimming with iconic sights, districts, museums, and more. There are endless activities for tourists and locals alike. While the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf are surely on your list already. There are a few more destinations you should make time for.
If the stunning array and displays of flowers, shrubs, trees and other greenery found at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park doesn’t lighten your mood and bring joy to your soul, you may need to check your pulse. The rich profusion of colors, stunning variety of shapes and beautifully tended grounds make it very easy to unplug from the world and lose all track of time. Many Bay Area residents say they visit the Conservatory a few times each year to do exactly that, as once they begin walking through the gardens, it is easy for them to imagine they are in Versailles, Villa d’Este, Stourhead or another world-class garden.
Soaring arias delivered by coloratura sopranos and resonant baritones may not be your thing, but if you’re not a fan of opera, an afternoon spent with the San Francisco Opera in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow might inspire you to re-think your position. Each September, the SFO kicks off their season with a free outdoor concert that attracts people from all over the Bay Area and the world to hear world-class sopranos, altos, tenors and bass singers deliver some of the most beautiful music ever written. Since the first Opera in the Park was held in 1971, this annual event has become the official start of the opera season and attracts more than 20,000 people every year.
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.