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The Best Hidden Parks in San Francisco

June 29th, 2016

Tired of rotating through the same old parks? We’ve created a list of the 5 best hidden parks in San Francisco for you to scoot to instead.

1. Heron’s Head Park: Bayview

Herons head park

Named because it looks like a heron’s head upside-down, this park has great bird watching, waterside trails and a fenced off dog park! Heron’s Head Park is a destination for many of San Francisco’s bird watching clubs so bring some snacks, a juice box, and your favorite binoculars and have your very own Bayview birdwatching picnic.

2. India Basin Shoreline Park: Bayview

Inda basin

If you are looking for something a bit more active, India Basin Park is for you. This quiet park has some great running trails, a basketball court, and expansive green space. Rumor has it there is also some really good rock skipping here! Bring your sport shoes, get that ball out of storage, and break out those shorts; the Bayview is known to be one of the warmer neighborhoods in San Francisco.

3. Sunnyside Conservatory: Glen Park

Sunny side

This beautiful little building just south of Noe Valley is surrounded by a hundred-year-old palm grove and amazing landscaping. If you love architecture and succulents, this park is for you. The building in the center also operates as a community center and wedding venue, check out their website for community events like yoga and classical music concerts.

4. Precita Park: Lower Mission

precita park

This little gem is perhaps the city’s most family friendly park. Stop by if you’ve got baby fever or want to pet some dogs. There’s a great little grocery store at the west end of the Park where you can pick up some picnic supplies if you’re in the mood to snack. Precita Park also has plenty of green space so it’s a great place to throw a frisbee around.


5. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps: The Sunset

Tiled Steps

Hidden in a series of curvy roads, this stairway to a 360 degree view of The Sunset is a loved landmark among those who’ve been there. Flanked by beautiful foliage, the 163 steps form an amazing mosaic resembling a windy San Francisco sky. (Bonus) Hike to the top of the stairs then hike some more to reach Grandview Park for a spectacular 360 degree view of the city.


Revisit this list next time you’re looking for a change of scenery, we promise it won’t disappoint.

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