If you are staying in San Francisco for a few days during your USA holiday, you should really visit the Golden Gate park! There are numerous reasons why you should visit the park, but we will stick to the 5 best reasons. The Golden Gate Park was established in 1870, and was designed by William Hammond Hall, who was inspired by the designer of Central Park in New York.
He created a hilly park with a varied landscape of lakes, meadows and winding roads. They used innovative recovery techniques to transform the sand dunes to a wooded park, and a dike was built to protect the park against the sea.
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1) The Conservatory of Flowers is a wood-and-glass greenhouse in Victorian style, which is based on the Palm House at Kew Gardens in London and is located at 100 John F Kennedy Drive. The beautiful building dates back to 1879 and houses a large collection of tropical plants and flowers.
The Conservatory strives to connect people and plants in a way that is most meaningful for the Bay Area community and for visitors from around the world, and it remains one of the most photographed and beloved attractions in San Francisco, and very popular for a romantic backdrop for a wedding.
It is also a place where horticultural societies, botany students, and young plant enthusiasts gather to study collections and ensure passion for living museums and conservatories will continue to flourish.
2) The Japanese Tea Garden was originally created as an exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. It was decided to build a Japanese garden to illustrate the lifestyle of the Japanese people. The garden, which covers an area of about five hectares, contains a tea house, several statues, ponds, bridges and many native Japanese plants.
In March and April, Cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the garden, providing a spectacular backdrop for photo shoots.
In the center of the garden you can find the Tea House, where you can enjoy a meditative cup of tea and sample popular Japanese refreshments. Inside the gift shop, which is located above the Tea House, on the terrace level, you can buy authentic Japanese tea and sake sets, glazed ceramic bowls and vases, kokeshi and daruma dolls, a variety of green teas, and maneki neko figurines.
3) The M. H. De Young Museum of Fine Arts was specially built for the 1894 Midwinter International Expo. The museum has a variety of artwork, including a collection of paintings from the Laurence Rockefeller Collection. It also has Indigenous American, New Guinea and African Art, and American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries.
They also boast a large textiles collection, with more than 13,000 textiles and costumes from around the world. The museum is in itself also a fine work of art, which was designed by Architects Herzog & de Meuron from Switserland and Fong & Chang from San Francisco.
The original museum, was greatly damaged by the 1989 earthquake, and was rebuilt and reopened in 2005. Click here if you want to know more about the exhibitions inside the museum.
4) The Stow Lake Boathouse was constructed in 1949, was designed by architect Warren Charles Perry, and its a rare example of the Alpine Chalet style. It is a one‐story wood‐frame building clad in rustic wood siding and capped with a gabled roof clad in asphalt‐shingles.
The primary elevation faces the lake while the basement level opens out into the parking lot. The boathouse has a cafe, where you can get healthy food, great coffee, and beverages.
You can also rent several kinds of boats of course, like Row Boats, Pedal Boats, and Electric Boats by the hour. So feel free to take your date, or family for a sun soaked trip around the Stow lake.
5) The San Francisco Botanical Garden opened in 1940, and spans 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces. The Garden showcases over 8000 kinds of plants from all over the world, and is known for its unique, diverse and significant botanical collections.
Due to the San Francisco Bay diverse climate, with mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, it has the perfect climate for plants from all around the world. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is able to recreate conditions of the high elevation tropical cloud forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia. You can experience nature, and learn about plants and the environment in an “outdoor classroom”.
Its perfect to escape from the hustle of the big city, or after a night in one of San Francisco’s best bars. For a special occasion, like a wedding for example, you can also rent several outdoor and indoor spaces.
– County Fair Building
– Demonstration Garden
– Fountain Plaza
– Garden of Fragrance
– Great Meadow
– Redwood Grove
– Rhododendron Pavilion
– Zellerbach Garden of Perennials
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