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Fairs and ParksGolden Gate Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world

Street Fair Culture

San Francisco is a bustling city-by-the-sea with many cultural influences. Year-round fairs and festivals celebrate the city's heritage, its people and its bountiful selection of food, wine, music, theater and other cultural arts.
  • A few of the most festive celebrations include: Chinese New Year, Carnaval, Bay to Breakers and Gay Pride.

Parks & Open Space

The city is situated in a natural setting of hills surrounded by the ocean and SF Bay.

City planners added to this open space a total of 18 parks, including the three-mile-long Golden Gate Park. It offers enough beauty and activities to fill an entire day:

  • • Paths to walk, bike and skate.
  • • Try fly fishing, lawn bowling and ultimate frisbee.
  • • Explore the Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden.
  • • The five-acre Japanese Tea Garden is perfect for quiet contemplation.
  • • Sun, swim and surf at Ocean Beach.

Other unique parks

  • • Mission Dolores Park and its amazing view of Downtown
  • • Stern Grove Park to enjoy a relaxing sunday afternoon with a jazz concert.

City secrets

  • • Learn about SF's history and traditions on a free walking tour from the hostel.
  • • Find local restaurants, bars and clubs in the Bay Guardian and SF Weekly.
  • • Visit 6 attractions, ride a cable car and more with a 7-day City Pass.
  • • Tour free art galleries in many of the city's neighborhoods.

Art exhibition in Maiden Lane