7 Nature & Parks in Downtown San Francisco That You Shouldn't Miss

June 18, 2021 Merry Kessler

Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, from the hippie chic of the Upper Haight to the hipster grit of the Mission. The Marina district boasts trendy bistros and postcard-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley offers quaint and quiet boutiques. Wave hello to the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Sit in on a yoga session in Dolores Park or marvel at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach.
Restaurants in San Francisco

1. Parrots Of Telegraph Hill

Montgomery Street & Greenwich Steps, San Francisco, CA 94133 http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/parrots-telegraph-hill
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Parrots Of Telegraph Hill

2. Children's Creativity Museum

221 4th St 4th Street and Howard Street., San Francisco, CA 94103-3116 +1 415-820-3320 [email protected] http://creativity.org/
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Children's Creativity Museum

The Children's Creativity Museum is a hands-on multi-media art and technology experience for children ages 2-12 and their families. Exhibits encourage visitors to Imagine, Create and Share as they make their own stop-motion animation movie, take the Mystery Box Challenge, visit the Tech Lab to code robots, or experiment with instruments and sound in the Making Music exhibition. Our youngest visitors let their imagination run wild in the Imagination Lab.

Reviewed By PaulB476 - Minneapolis, United States

Great place for kids with a lot of fun things to do (especially on a rainy day when we were there). Staff were very nice and clearly enjoyed what they were doing. Pretty reasonable for a few hours of entertainment as well. Note: cheap (and good) food options just across the street at the Metreon food plaza.

3. Yerba Buena Gardens

701 Mission St Third and Fourth Streets, San Francisco, CA 94103-3138 +1 415-541-0312 http://www.yerbabuenagardens.com/
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4.0 based on 311 reviews

Yerba Buena Gardens

Five acres of shade trees and murmuring fountains which adjoin the Moscone Convention Center.

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, United States

I did a return visit to Yerba Buena Gardens. This park has a variety of museums such as the Children's Museum and Art Museum There is the big slide, carousel, bowling and ice skating. There is a large green area. By that green area is the Martin Luther King Memorial and Waterfalls. There are preformances at the Blue Shield of Califoria theater There are cafes such a Samovar Tea. It is also close to the Metreon Center and the Moscone Convention Center.

4. Huntington Park

California St - Cushman St Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108
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4.0 based on 37 reviews

Huntington Park

Reviewed By Mackey75 - Albuquerque, United States

My wife and I have traveled to San Francisco for many years and we always end up strolling around Huntington Park on Nob Hill. That may sound strange in a city that offers so much to see, but this park speaks volumes about the city. It is a step back to a time when San Francisco represented more than tech companies. The centerpiece of the park is the Fountain of the Tortoises which is encircled by benches. Residents from the surrounding neighborhood frequent the park throughout the day, many with their dogs. Regardless of the time of day, a few minutes viewing the fountain and soaking in the ambiance will transport you back to a gentler time.

5. Yerba Buena Gardens

750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3119 +1 415-820-3550 http://yerbabuenagardens.com
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4.0 based on 12 reviews

Yerba Buena Gardens

6. St. Mary's Square

651 California St Between Kearny Street and Quincy Street Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2506
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3.5 based on 21 reviews

St. Mary's Square

7. Victoria Manalo Draves Park

Folsom St and Sherman St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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