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Golden Gate Park: Japanese Tea Garden, Museums, Something for Everyone!

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Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Park

Often when people think of visiting San Francisco, certain things come to mind. The steep hills and cable cars were made famous by the old Rice-a-Roni ads on television. "Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat!" Remember those advertisements? Perhaps some of you even have that food product on your pantry shelves.

And then of course is the famous Golden Gate Bridge of iconic fame. It is a structural beauty connecting part of San Francisco to Marin County and the route that many people take when going to parts of California's Wine Country such as the Napa Valley.

Alcatraz Island where hardened criminals used to be held in captivity, surrounded by the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, has certainly been made famous through the years because of movies. The Bird Man of Alcatraz readily comes to mind.

Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown draw more than their fair share of tourists, and rightfully so.

Remember the television series Hotel? The Fairmont Hotel which was utilized as the setting for that series is on Nob Hill which is just one of many premier hotels in San Francisco.

"I left my heart, in San Francisco"...no wonder that song has been such a hit. I can almost hear Frank Sinatra singing that right now as I am thinking about that eclectic and vibrant city.

I could go on and on mentioning things of interest for visitors to that "City by the Bay" but one place not to be missed is the Golden Gate Park. It is not just another ho-hum city park. Far from it!

It has a spectacular Japanese Tea Garden, museums, horticultural collections from all around the world and one of the most serene and beautiful settings for nature lovers that I can imagine and even more. It literally has something for everyone!

Japanese Tea Garden

This is the oldest of such gardens in the United States. It dates back to the year 1894 when its three acres were constructed to be a part of the Midwinter International Exposition which drew about two and a half million visitors to Golden Gate Park during the six months the Exposition was operational.

It is beautifully landscaped with not only a tea house but bridges, water features including waterfalls, rocks, tiered temples, stone lanterns, various types of appropriate plants and gardens, and even a bronzed statue of a Buddha.

After the devastating 1906 earthquake, thousands of refugees who had lost their homes lived temporarily in the confines of the tea garden.

During World War II, the Japanese family by the name of Makoto Hagiwara who lived in the Japanese Tea Garden managing it and running the Tea House were summarily shipped off to internment camps along with so many others just because of their country of origin. It is a dark moment in American history!

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, suspicions against Japanese Americans ran high. Over 100,000 people (mostly on the west coast) were placed in these "camps" against their will and held there until the war-time hysteria ceased. Many years later monetary reparations were made to those held captive or their heirs, but that hardly made up for this egregious conduct authorized by the U.S. government.

Thousands of people of German and Italian descent were also held in various places around the United States.

Since this country is primarily made up of immigrants and it is such a melting pot of people whose countries of origin come from everywhere around the globe, along with their customs, ideas, and faiths this will hopefully never again happen in today's age and time.

M.H. de Young Museum

This museum contains not only a huge Asian art collection (the largest my husband or I have ever personally seen in one place) but also art coming from ancient times and up to the present. Over 300 cultures are represented and just about every type of art ranging from paintings to silver, furniture to tapestries, sculptures and more can be found here.

It bears the name of Michael H. de Young who was the publisher of the San Francisco newspaper and who was the museums' first major benefactor.

There were some fabulous Bierstadt paintings that my husband and I particularly liked on the day of our visit and represent his work over the course of his entire career.

M.H. de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

M.H. de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

The location of this museum is adjacent to the Japanese Tea Gardens and it was also built for the 1894 Midwinter Exposition. It has been remodeled since that time.

We took time out of our day to have some lunch in their open air courtyard and enjoyed tuna fish sandwiches on dill bread. The resident blue jay birds were eagerly hoping for some crumbs to fall in their direction.

M.H. de Young Museum courtyard where we enjoyed lunch one day.

M.H. de Young Museum courtyard where we enjoyed lunch one day.

It is well worth spending some time in this fabulous museum if one is any type of an art lover.

We purchased a number of postcards to remind us of some of some of the art that we particularly admired to be put into our photo album as a memory of our visit there.

Strybing Arboretum

This area of the Golden Gate Park is expansive covering about 55 acres.

There are expanses of lawn where people can spread out their blankets and enjoy picnics, whisper sweet nothings into a lover's ear, sunbathe or simply decompress from a busy day's work and enjoy the sights and sounds of people at play.

It is now more commonly known as the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Plant species from around the world are featured in various ways. Some are clustered together as to country of origin. Others may be organized by fragrance or by type. Thousands of them are labeled in the Strybing Arboretum so that one can learn about how to grow them in your own landscape, if desired.

Wildlife also shares these spaces with visitors to the park. The glittering scales of fish can be seen swimming in the water. Ducks, geese, pigeons, sparrows and other birds are often nearby to the delight of bird watchers.

Between the fluttering butterflies and other insects, the swishing tails of those ever industrious squirrels and the 200 plus other forms of wildlife, there is much to see and enjoy on the grounds of the Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park.

Rhododendron Dell

At the end of April one year when my husband and I were visiting Golden Gate Park, the rhododendrons were in full bloom. What a sight to behold!

The Conservatory

This is nicknamed the "crystal palace" and that is exactly how it appears as this structure comprised of lots of glass and wood glitters on sunlit days in the park.

It functions as a greenhouse and the conservatory houses tropical and exotic specimen plants which can be enjoyed year round in the appropriately temperature and humidity controlled rooms.

It replicates the design and look of a hothouse in Kew Gardens located in London, England.

Located there since 1878, it is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Park

This amazing city park was built out onto what started out primarily as a collection of sand dunes which stretched for approximately 4 miles by less than a mile in width. It was acquired by the city of San Francisco from a Spanish land claim back in the year 1870.

The first young man who oversaw the development of what would become the 3rd most visited park in all of the United States was a man by the name of William Hammond Hall.

It was quite an undertaking! Plans were made and loads of topsoil had to be hauled in and grasses planted to help stabilize the sand dunes. The first of thousands of trees were planted.

A long time superintendent of the park was a Scotsman by the name of John McLaren. He devoted much of his life to the further development of Golden Gate Park from the years 1887 to 1943.

One could spend countless hours and numerous days trying to see and enjoy all that this spectacular park has to offer. We have visited Golden Gate Park on two occasions. One time we visited it for a full day and during two different vacations to the west coast we have yet to see it all.

People who live in or nearby San Francisco can take full advantage of the sports fields made available and let their children enjoy the playground built especially for them including an old fashioned carousel. Then there are the lakes where one can rent a paddle boat or sail some model boats.

Perhaps next time we will get to enjoy the California Academy of Sciences which is a natural history museum including the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, a tropical rain forest exhibit and more. It sounds like a full day could be spent in that one spot!

There is even an area of the park that has buffalo!

My husband and I would love to return and see more of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park someday. This is one stellar attraction in California that should be added to everyone's bucket list of places to see in my opinion.

Golden Gate Park


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2020:

Hi John,

It is excellent that you and your wife have enjoyed this magnificent park. All of the Japanese gardens that I have ever seen combine beauty and tranquility.

John Dove on February 09, 2020:

Hi Peggy—

My wife and have been there and had tea. Tranquility! Beauty! Ageless! You Hub brought back many wonderful memories. Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2018:

Hi Paul,

It sounds as though you have a fun memory of spending time in Golden Gate Park. We never had the time to take a boat out on that lake but it was fun viewing others.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on January 23, 2018:

When I was stationed at Monterey, California, 1967-1968, I would often spend weekends in San Francisco. During February of 1968, a friend and I visited Golden Gate Park. What I can still remember is taking a rowboat on Strawberry Lake in the Park and finishing off a bottle of wine! Thanks for a sharing a super hub with great pictures. I guess I must have missed or forgotten about the Japanese Tea Gardens.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2013:

Hi Kseniya,

Depending upon which part of the world in which you live, one can always be assured that the months will pass and the weather will change. Hope you get to enjoy those flowers soon. :))

Kseniya on August 26, 2013:

This week?I'm sooooo jeluoas!! I'm up to my ankles in slush and still freezing my lil' butt off at my place . I want some pretty spring flowers too!! Sigh Oh well they're coming. I just know they're coming .. (God, I hope they're coming .)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

As you say there is so much to see in San Francisco and it would take multiple visits to see it all. Happy that you liked these photos and descriptions. Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on August 08, 2013:

Even though we lived only about 3 hours east of San Francisco before daughter was born we never got there to see everything. So much to see and do there and your photos are gorgeous as always. Voted up, interesting and beautiful. Gave you 5 more stars, pinned to my 'purple II' board (the photo with the purple flowers) and will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

We must have lucked out when we visited the M.H. de Young Museum as it was not that crowded. Nice for us! If I lived in that part of the country I would certainly spend much more time at all of the various places in Golden Gate Park like you got to do. Nice! Thanks for your comment and the rest. :)

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 26, 2013:

I used to visit Golden Gate Park, the Tea Gardens and the Conservatory quite a bit when I lived in the Bay Area. I will say, if you plan to visit the de Young Museum, you should go during a non-peak time. I believe I only visited there once, and the main thing I saw was the back of a lot of other people's heads! LOL! I don't even remember what the exhibit was! :D

Nicely presented and lovely photos and video! Voted up, awesome, tweeted, pinned and FB's! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

There are many such gardens in the United States...even one here in Houston. The Japanese Tea Garden in Houston, Texas is different from the one in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco...yet some of the same elements of basic design are still used. I wrote a hub about it if you care to see it. Thanks for all the votes and 5 star rating on this hub. Appreciate it!

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 10, 2013:

Peggy, I never thought that there would be a Japanese Tea garden in San Francisco. Very beautiful picutes. Voted up, interesting , useful and awesome and 5 stars

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

Visiting tea gardens and rock gardens in Japan and actually living there must have been a wonderful experience. Glad that I could give you a look at the gardens and other sites in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Hope that you are also enjoying this new day. Sending angels back to you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 06, 2013:

My knowledge of San Francisco and that area is limited as I have not traveled there.

The gardens sound magnificent. When I lived in Japan we visited tea gardens and rock gardens and were enchanted.

Thank you for showcasing these so that others will be encouraged to visit there and have learned of these spectacular places.

have a lovely lovely day

Sending Angels your way :) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

I know what you mean about tea ceremonies. I have been to some "high teas" a couple of times in fancy hotels. Quite an experience! Am sure the Japanese tea ceremony must be wonderful to experience as well. So happy to know that you liked learning about the Golden Gate Park and all that it encompasses. Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 05, 2013:

A mundane thing such as tea drinking can be a spiritual event in Japanese culture. I once had Japanese friends in Kathmandu. They invited me to tea ceremony. However, I have never been to a place such as this. So beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

One could literally spend many days seeing all there is to do and see in Golden Gate Park. So plan accordingly on your next visit. We have gone there on several different visits and taken in different sites each time. It is such a lovely area. Glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

Although we've been to SF, I'm sad to say we've never visited Golden Gate Park.That's going to change on our next trip to the area. You really make history live. All the Asian connections were interesting. Your photos are gorgeous. The crystal palace and arboretum sound especially appealing. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

It would take quite some time to see all of the sites in San Francisco and you have a good start from what you have said. We have been there three times and have visited Golden Gate (parts of it) on two occasions and have still not seen it all. Thanks for the votes and share. It is certainly a fun city to visit!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 20, 2012:

Hi Peggy, the Golden Gate Park, the Japanese tea garden, the museum and the other attractions are beautiful sights to visit looking at the pictures. I just managed to visit a few of them, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, the crooked street, fisherman's wharf and the Fairmont hotel, on my visit to San Francisco. Maybe I'll plan to see the other attractions on my next visit.

Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2012:

Hi DzyMsLizzy,

Sounds like you have many great memories of spending time in the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco. Your mentioning of seeing the King Tut exhibit there makes me think of our seeing it back in the 1970's in Chicago. That was quite a memorable exhibit!!! Thanks so much for your comment, votes and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

Perhaps you will be able to visit San Francisco on your next anniversary or other occasion. The city is so much fun to explore. Save some extra time to enjoy the many things in Golden Gate Park. It is amazing! Thanks for your comment.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 12, 2012:

Ahhhh, memories! I was born & raised in SF, and GG Park was a frequent weekend destination for my folks and I. I adored the planetarium shows, the aquarium, and the Tea Garden. Sometimes, we would actually stop in the teahouse for a cup of tea...that was a rare treat. The moon bridge was my favorite as a kid--I'd scramble up and down several times. I doubt my knee would allow me to climb it at all these days.

The conservatory, with its pungent, steamy aromas always made me wrinkle my nose as a child, but I did enjoy all the catwalks around the pools. The changing murals of flowers out front, celebrating whatever event was current in town always fascinated me.

My dad and I used to go out on Sundays to watch polo matches...and he also took me to Spreckels Lake to watch the model boats...and a few times I've been in the rental rowboats on Stow Lake...and hiked over its bridge and up Strawberry Hill to the top of the waterfall...

I think the last time I was in the De Young was when the King Tut exhibition was there....the umbrella tables in your photo are a new addition since my days in The City. We moved away in 2003 to escape from freezing all summer...and at the current price of gas..we haven't been back more than once or twice, and that was on business.

Very, very well written and researched article. Voted up across and shared.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 12, 2012:

What beautiful pictures. I have wanted to go to San Francisco for the longest time. My husband and I were going to go for our Anniversary but sadly it fell through. I hope we get a chance to get there sometime soon. It has been a place I have always wanted to see.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2012:

Hi Cathleena,

The photos shown here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to seeing the beautiful parts of Golden Gate Park. It would take a long time to see every nook & cranny of this fabulous San Francisco park. Lucky are the folks who live there! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 09, 2012:

Wow - I never realized before now how beautiful the Golden Gate Park is. What a treat to the eyes. Love each and every photo. Really draws me in and makes me long to be there exploring all that God given beauty up close. Very awesome, beautiful and interesting hub. Voted up and sharing this!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub about the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Obviously you know that we are enamored with it and would go back again if given the opportunity. It would take a long time to see all of it and enjoy each nook and cranny of the park as it is so large. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Ruchira from United States on April 21, 2012:

Hi PEggy,

This is such an informative and attractive hub that any person would be attracted to come visit this place. The tourism dept of SFO should give you some commission on this...lol

voted up and sharing it across!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

Hi Lilleyth,

Japanese maples are truly gorgeous trees and are often incorporated into Japanese Gardens. Nice to know that you liked this hub about the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco which has the oldest Japanese Garden in the United States. Thanks for your comment.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on April 06, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub and I enjoyed it immensely. Japanese gardens have always been my favorite, as Japanese maples, to me, are the most gorgeous trees on earth. Timing is everything, they say, as my first husband and I divorced just before his company transferred him first to Hong Kong for 2 years and then Toyko for a year. Darn it all. Oh, well, in my next life...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Thanks for the accolades on this Golden Gate Park hub. It would be hard NOT to take good photos in such an environment, but thanks. Appreciate your comment and the sharing of this hub with others.

Brett C from Asia on April 02, 2012:

Superb hub! Loved the descriptions and the pictures. Actually, some of the photos look extremely professional (and beautiful of course). I loved the Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea garden. I'm not sure why, but I really like their style of decor!

Thanks for SHARING.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

So glad that you enjoyed this hub visit to the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. If you ever visit California, there will be much that you will wish to see...this being just a sampling of the delights awaiting you. Thanks for your comment and votes.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 31, 2012:

This was wonderful park and I love San Francisco. Peggy, you are one of my favorite hubbers who always give the best information for the reader. I hope I can visit Golden Gate Park one day. Thank you very much. Rated up and pushing all buttons, except funny. Cheers...


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2012:

Hi Judi,

Awesome is certainly an appropriate word to describe the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Beautiful, spectacular, stunning and other adjectives would also nicely apply. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

judio on March 29, 2012:

This place is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hello mollymeadows,

Go glad that you enjoyed these Japanese Tea Garden photos from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Happy to be able to share them with you and others. Thanks for your comment.

Mary Strain from The Shire on March 28, 2012:

Such a beautiful place, the tea gardens are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing your photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

Thanks for using this Golden Gate Park hub on your blog. Nice of you! Hope you someday get to see this fabulous San Francisco park in person. Be prepared to spend a couple of days there in order to see it all. Appreciate your comment. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

Yes, the Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park is a beauty! I had an older 35mm film camera back then. Just imagine the pictures that could be snapped with the new digital cameras! Plus my picture taking back then was long before I ever thought of writing online articles or ever heard of HubPages. Glad that you enjoyed this and thanks for your votes and especially your sharing of this hub.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 28, 2012:

Great hub! Wonderful detailed information and great pictures! Video is good too! I would love to visit there someday, it's "right up my alley"! Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip with us. Voted up, interesting and sharing on my blog! Have a wonderful day! :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 28, 2012:

A fabulous hub Peggy, how I would love to visit!

The Japanese tea garden looks a photographers delight and I always enjoy a visit to an arboretum and museum!

Thank you, voting up and shared.

Best wishes Lesley

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2012:

Hi Leslie (Jon's girlfriend),

Thanks for your comment and I hope that you do get to see Golden Gate Park someday. You will love the natural landscapes and flowers!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2012:

Hi radhikasree,

So pleased to know that you enjoyed this look at some of the things offered for visitors to the Golden Gate Park. Thanks so much for the votes and especially the sharing of this hub with others.

jonsswagger1978 from Birmingham Alabama on March 27, 2012:

Very awesome hub with beautiful pictures. I love flowers and outdoors. I would love to visit California some day and maybe, I could check this out while there. Leslie (Jon's girlfriend)

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on March 27, 2012:

The park looks great, especially the museum. You've given an excellent virtual tour for all of us through this hub.

Up, beautiful and awesome.

Sharing with my friends here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2012:

Hi Pamela,

I agree with you in that there is so much to see and do while in San Francisco. Thanks for commenting on this Golden Gate Park hub. It alone would count for days of enjoyment!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 26, 2012:

There is so much to see when you visit San Francisco and you covered it beautifully. Great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

So glad to know that you really liked learning about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from all of the photos I took and the videos that I found. It is a great place to learn, admire, relax and/or play. Thanks for your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 26, 2012:

Oh what a beautiful hub once more and another for me to bookmark also.

Totally beautiful and told in your own unique style Peggy.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

If you and your partner like Japanese Gardens...you will LOVE the one in Golden Gate Park! Not only is it the oldest one in the U.S., but it is spectacular. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Yes, it definitely takes days to take in all that there is to see and do in Golden Gate Park. We have more to see the next time we are spending time in San Francisco. Thanks for your comment!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

It would take days of spending time in Golden Gate Park to really do it justice. The folks who live in San Francisco or nearby places can enjoy bits of it as they wish at their convenience. How lucky they are to be living so close to this amazing park! Hope your wishes come true and that you get to see it in person someday. Thanks for your comment. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Pat,

Nice to know that reading this hub about the Golden Gate Park brought back happy memories of your own. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 25, 2012:

We have never been to the Japanese Tea Garden nor to the Botanic Gardens. And my partner is into all things Japanese, so we'll need to make a special effort to visit the tea garden on the next trip. Your pics make it especially inviting. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2012:

Golden Gate Park is a beautiful place! Thank you for all the useful and interesting information and for the photos and videos. I love parks that act as an oasis for nature in a busy city, and Golden Gate Park certainly serves this function. I can see how a whole day - or more - could be spent there. There's so much to do in the park!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 25, 2012:

This is a beautiful scenic park. I agree it is one of the most beautiful parks that I have ever seen. Thanks to your photos and interesting videos. I love the greenery and the Japanese Tea Garden and The Rose Garden. I agree this park has so much to offer and appears to be a very large park. I would love to visit this wonderful park in the near future. Great photos, information and videos. Very interesting and beautiful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Charlu,

That Budda and my hubby seem to be gaining some attention. Ha! Glad that you liked all the photos and information about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Thanks for your comment and votes.

P. Long on March 25, 2012:

Fantastic blog. Your observations and pictures reminded me of the times I have visited San Francisco and Golden Gate Park. It was great to revisit this beautiful place again.

Charlu from Florida on March 25, 2012:

Awesome hub with gorgeous pictures, (esp hubby and Budda:) The Japanese Tea Room is so filled with interesting history and beautiful scenery. Also loved the park. Voted all the ups

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your comment. Hope that you do get to see Golden Gate Park and other sites in and around San Francisco someday. It is a fantastic place!

Linda on March 25, 2012:

Hi Peggy. I have never been to San Francisco, but if I get a chance to go, I will definitely visit these Gardens at Golden Gate Park. You are lucky to have traveled to so many interesting places.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Gene,

I can see that our experiences of the Golden Gate Park are very different. HaHa! That running event you attended must have brought out some strange participants...at least some who liked to dress (or not!) in some crazy ways. If you ever get back to San Francisco, check out the gardens, museums, etc. I know that you would like it...and take your great photos! Thanks for your comment.

Gene Jasper on March 25, 2012:

Lovely place! Which one was Buddha again? I did visit the park once during the "Bay to Breakers" running event as an also ran participant, but didn't get to see the Gardens. I did see some really strange fellow runners, including a person in a full Gorilla suit, three guys running and pulling a beer cart while dispensing liquid encouragement and , yes, Nude runners.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

Hope that you do get to see Golden Gate Park and all its beauty in person someday. I would go back in a heartbeat! The people in San Francisco are so fortunate to have so many gorgeous places in their midst. Thanks for your comment.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 25, 2012:

This is just awesome! I would love to see this someday when I get to the US. :) So cool....thanks for sharing such wonderful photos Peggy! I truly enjoyed my virtual visit to Golden Gate Park!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

Hi Don,

Thanks for the first comment on this hub about the fabulous Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. We loved it and have yet to see it all. Thanks for sharing.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on March 24, 2012:

Hi Peggy, San Francisco allows seems attractive.I don't think I would want to deal with all those hills now. Maybe when I was younger.Interesting hub. will share.

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