Best Outdoor Activities in San Francisco

Best Outdoor Activities in San Francisco

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San Francisco is full of easily accessible natural scenery, from some of the toughest waves in the country to leisurely strolls along the beach, there is usually something for everyone.

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    A botanical garden and greenhouse that dates to 1878, it's a great place to take in some unique architecture and plant life. Admission is normally $7 per adult but is free on the 1st Tuesday of each month.
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    The Panhandle is like a smaller version of Golden Gate Park which means less people. The park is a great place to run, one loop around is 1.5 miles.
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    Bernal Heights Park is a great place to catch a sunset or just some city views. The hike is steep so it may not be for everyone and be sure to wear something warm as it gets very windy on top of the hill.
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    A very popular dog park, Duboce also features some basketball courts and a great playground. If you are not a dog lover it's best to go in the early morning or to avoid this spot altogether.
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    An excellent park that always has plenty of space to spread out a blanket and enjoy some food, we recommend getting a slice from Tony's which is nearby, and relaxing in the sun.
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    Buena Vista is the oldest park in San Francisco and contains some very steep hiking trails. If you are up for the hike, the views at the top are some of the best in the city. It's best to come to the park early and to leave before it gets dark.
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    The best place in the city to shop, Union Square is full of restaurants, designer stores, and small boutiques. Try to catch a movie outside during summer, or ice skating outdoors during the winter.
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    Located on the west side of the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach provides some great views as well as swimming and sunbathing. The north side of the beach is clothing optional, something to keep in mind.
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    One of the best beaches for jogging and walking. The water temperature here requires a wetsuit year round so there isn't a lot of swimming and sunbathing but it's perfect for quiet strolls along the water, just remember to bring a jacket.
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    Crissy Field is a former Army airfield that opened to the public in 2001 and features some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the city. The field is a less crowded place to jog or bike and fishing is allowed without a license along the beach.
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    A great park with some famous views, the park is especially great for dog lovers as it's usually packed with different breeds. Everyone should check out the shoe garden behind the public restrooms.
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    A very popular park that features some impressive views of downtown San Francisco. We recommend bringing a blanket and some food for a nice picnic and some great people watching.
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