One of the best things about San Francisco is the space set aside for parks. There are lots of green spaces where locals can walk their dogs, have a picnic, get some exercise, or just hang around outdoors. Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite destinations, with over 1000 acres (larger than Central Park) of fun things to do . I have only done a few of them, but hope to get back soon and see more. Here are some things you can see by just driving around the park.
The main plaza area is called the Music Concourse. It is a sunken in area with statues, fountains, and many pollarded trees planted in grids.
One of the many statues in the park, Robert Emmet. Not exactly sure what he has to do with the park or San Francisco.
Statue of Francis Scott Key. Not really sure what he had to do with the park either. I didn't really take this from the right angel, but the design was noteworthy enough for me to still include it here.
The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum (known simply as the de Young Museum) houses many collections of fine art. I haven't actually been inside yet, but I hope to go one day soon.
This is the California Academy of Sciences, which is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. I have been, and it is definitely worth your time if you are in the area. You can literally spend hours at the Steinhart Aquarium alone. I have a post coming up on this soon.
Spreckels Temple of Music (also called the bandshell) has hosted many musical events.
The park has been home to bison since the early 1890's. They were moved here in an effort to breed them and keep their numbers from dwindling. This has been a successful project.
The park has two windmills; a Dutch Windmill and Murphy's Windmill (pictured below).
They are really beautiful when you seem the from the coast.
If you are ever in the area and don't have much time or money, you can see all of these things (from the outside) for free. There are many more things to do in Golden Gate Park that I haven't mentioned, and I hope to have more adventures there at a later date. Have you been to the park? What was your favorite thing to see there?