Move over Central Park - Golden Gate Park is America's greatest urban oasis. Or so many claim. But no matter where Golden Gate Park falls on your list of best parks, there's no denying that it provides one of the best respites from big city living in the world. Built from over 1,000 acres of sand dunes in the late 1870s, Golden Gate Park is now full of cultural institutions, wildlife, and manicured gardens that will make any visit there something to write home about.
Some of the attractions that we personally love are the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Museum (http://deyoung.famsf.org/), the California Academy of Sciences, and the Buffalo Paddock where you can gaze at the American bison graze.
Since there's so much to do at Golden Gate Park, we encourage event Leaders to describe what they're up for doing in the Comments section below. That way other potential attendees will have a better idea of what they're signing up for. For prices and hours for the park's primary attractions, click here.
Meeting point: At the east end of the park at the intersection of Stanyan and Oak. Muni Route 33 will get you right there. From there, enter the park and shuttles will depart on the right-hand side of JFK Drive.
Leaders, we recommend you visit the park on weekends and public holidays to avail of free shuttle rides to the various attractions. The shuttle is available every 15-20 minutes between 9am and 6pm so please set the event time accordingly!