San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf. But did you know that it boasts 220 unique parks?  These city sanctuaries provide the perfect opportunity for kids to run wild while parentsenjoybreathtaking landscapes of the Bay Area. Because there are so many amazing recreational areas in the city, wehave narrowed it down to the top 5 parks for families.

1.     Golden Gate Park

This urban oasis boasts more acreage than New York’s famed Central Park. Golden Gate Park’s endless opportunities for exploration include sailing a model boat on Spreckels Lake, horseback riding through peaceful meadows, and wandering through thespectacular Japanese Tea Garden. If the weather isn’t great, visit the California Academy of Sciences.

2.     The Alamo Square Park

If you’re seeking alow-key afternoon in the city, look no further than The Alamo Square Park. Its location along the famed“7 Painted Ladies”, the colorful block of lovely Victorian homes (featured in the opening credits of Full House), provides the perfect backdrop for a family picnic. The Alamo Square Park is a must seefor visitors of San Francisco.

3.     Grand View Park

This accurately named park deliversexceptional, panoramic sights of San Francisco. Enjoy the artwork upon the mosaic steps as you climb to the top. Although it can be a tiring endeavor, the 360 views from the highest point of Grand View Park are well worth it on a clear day. Don’t forget your camera!  

4.     Crissy Field

A day playing on sandy shores and frolicking through grassy knolls awaits your family at Crissy Field. This former military airfield was recently transformed into one of the best parks in the Bay Area. With an excellent beach and arguably the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, all will adore Crissy Field.

5.     Glen Canyon Park

Glen Canyon Park is a true urban escapeand one of San Francisco’s best-kept secrets. Located in the Glen Park neighborhood, this 70-acre expanse is the perfect getaway for a family adventure. Wander the wide pathways through the forest or hike up to the ridge trail for splendid views.


A visit to San Francisco would be incomplete without a trip to at least a few of the city’s amazing recreational areas! To discover more parks and other family adventures awaiting you in the Bay Area, check out 4 Reasons Why Your Family Should Visit San Francisco. Image Source: