San Francisco is a garden lover's paradise
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park represents one of the largest urban open spaces in the world. Attracting more than 13 million visitors each year, it's also one of the most visited locations in the entire city of San Francisco.
Visitors are drawn here by the vast selection of features that are to be found within the park's boundaries. This is a place that appeals to people of all ages, with an extensive selection of playgrounds, walks, lakes and picnic spots. With more than 1,000 acres of park to explore, there's no shortage of variety in store.
The Japanese Tea Garden, originally created in 1894, is particularly popular. Designed to mimic the traditional gardens of Japan, it includes Koi carp ponds and a Zen garden. As might be expected, plants have been carefully selected, with bamboo, Japanese maple and cherry trees in evidence.
A bronze Buddha, originally crafted in 1790, takes pride of place. The Japanese Tea Garden provides a peaceful retreat for those looking to escape from hectic city life. The Music Concourse, close to the California Academy of Sciences, plays host to free concerts in the summer. It plays a central role in park life too, often serving as a meeting point for visitors.
The Koret Children's Center, located in the south-eastern corner of the park, is thought to be the oldest children's playground in North America. The nearby carousel, dating from 1914 and featuring 62 animals, is always a hit with children too. Picnic tables are provided close to the Koret Children's Center and carousel, ensuring that this is always a popular location within the park.
From tennis courts to botanical garden, the Golden Gate Park has a wealth of activities and sights for visitors. If you're planning a visit to San Francisco, then make sure that the Golden Gate Park is on your itinerary!
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