Golden Gate Park
At over three miles long and nine city blocks wide, a bicycle is possibly the best way you could explore this enormous urban park. Within its boundaries you’ll find two museums, a botanical garden, a large conservatory, Japanese tea gardens, nine lakes, a field for grazing bison, a baseball field, a huge polo field, tennis courts, soccer fields, equestrian facilities, lawn bowling, and several children's playgrounds. Oh, and a sports stadium. And not forgetting the golf course too. Check out our Free Ride guide for the major points of interest within the park.
If your time is limited, we recommend a loop of the eastern side of the park only which is also the flattest side of the park for those concerned about uphill sections. Use Transverse Drive to connect between JFK and MLK Drive.
With more time at your disposal, a trip to Ocean Beach along the full length of the park is definitely a worthwhile decision. Perhaps a bite to eat at the Park Chalet at the western end of the park is in order before the return trip? Alternatively there’s a Safeway just to the north of the park and you can indulge in an impromptu picnic on the beach.
Golden Gate Park official website
Calendar of events (unofficial website)