Golden Gate Park, SF, CA

I drove up to the bay area last week to take an exam that has occupied my last few months of studying. Instead of cramming until the last minute, I decided that I needed to spend the day playing in San Francisco and trying to relax. Since I only really had the one day for this Micro-Adventure, I decided to spend it in Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park is an approximately 1,000 acres of public park that stretch from the beach to Stanyan Street in San Francisco. The land was originally set aside in 1871. With beautiful gardens and many walking paths, even Golden Gate Park was too much to do in one day.

Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

I started off my day around the Music Concourse area, where I walked through the Statue Garden at the De Young Museum. The De Young museum was originally built in 1894 for the California Midwinter Exhibition. The building was completely rebuilt in 2001, and has some very interesting architecture.

Statue Honoring Bacchus in front of the De Young Museum. 

Statue Honoring Bacchus in front of the De Young Museum. 

I had lunch at the famous Japanese Tea Garden.  The tea garden was originally built for the California Midwinter Exhibition, and was maintained by the Hagiwara family until 1942. I love the winding paths and peaceful gardens. The sounds of running water, create an oasis of calm.

The Drum Bridge in the Japanese Tea Garden.

The Drum Bridge in the Japanese Tea Garden.

Tea Sandwhiches and Sencha at the Japanese Tea Garden

Tea Sandwhiches and Sencha at the Japanese Tea Garden

 

I also visited the historic Miller windmill. It was huge, and I later learned it’s one of the largest in the world. It was originally built in 1908 to pump water throughout the park.

The HIstoric Miller Windmill

The HIstoric Miller Windmill

I only saw a fraction of all the wonderful things this park has to offer. All in all, it is a beautiful place to hang out with lots of things to see and many activities to do. I will definitely need to make another trip.

What’s your favorite part of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park? Where should I escape to next?