Golden Gate Park’s 150th Birthday
Golden Gate Park, one of the world’s most iconic parks, turns 148 years old on April 4, 2020. Nearly a century-and-a-half ago, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an urban oasis from a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes.
The result: a verdant, horticulturally diverse and picturesque public park where city residents can relax and reconnect with nature.
Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres (174 acres larger than New York’s Central Park) are gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. The park includes many opportunities for learning including the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, and San Francisco Botanical Garden.
In addition, JFK Drive is closed to vehicle traffic on certain stretches for park users to walk, run, or roll through the park:
– Saturdays – From April through September, JFK is closed to vehicle traffic from 8th Ave to Transverse Drive
– Sundays and Holidays – JFK is closed to vehicle traffic from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive
Volunteer to help Golden Gate Park
Volunteers commit dozens of hours to volunteer work parties within Golden Gate Park each weekend. To learn more about volunteer events, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Fun Things to Do in Golden Gate Park
- Check out the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, right by the Dutch Windmill. It features thousands of tulips interspersed with Icelandic poppies, which burst into glorious flowers in spring.
- Visit the Millwright’s Cottage near the Murphy Windmill, and check out one of the world’s tallest windmills.
Lawn Bowling Green
- Try out Lawn Bowling
- Enjoy a picnic on the lawn nearby and watch Lawn Bowling
Japanese Tea Garden ($)
- Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms and green tea
- Meditate in the Zen Garden and a stroll around the Koi Pond
Koret Children’s Playground
- Great family time at the playground
- Ride the historic carousel
- Run a mile on the track
- Watch the SF Deltas, the City’s official soccer team, play a home game ($)
Stow Lake ($)
- Eat pink popcorn
- Try paddling a boat around the Lake
- Meet the bison and watch them eat (best time varies, but it’s generally between 10 am and noon)
- Special bird sighting including the White-crowned Sparrows and other birds near Bison Paddock and Chain of Lakes