Golden Gate Park: East End
Flowers & Tunnels & Bears, Oh My!

Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park


It was the 1860s, and everyone had heard about New York City’s Central Park — a spacious plot of green that contrasted sharply with the metallic landscape beyond. To recreate such a space in San Francisco, city officials looked west, where the unincorporated Outside Lands lied dormant and unused. By the turn of the century, Golden Gate Park had developed into an enormous playground for a recreation-starved city, earning its nickname as the “Lungs of San Francisco”.

Extending from the Conservatory of Flowers to the Music Concourse, the East End is home to sites both historically significant and contemporarily beautiful — including AIDS Grove, the Shakespeare Garden, Children’s Playground and the Music Concourse.

Next Tours

  • Friday, April 19 at 1:30 pm given by Melisse L.Sign Up
  • Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 pm given by Rosalie G.Sign Up
  • Friday, May 10 at 11:00 am given by Debbie W.Sign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours



Meet at the top of the stairs at the Conservatory of Flowers at 100 John F. Kennedy Drive.

Note: Please check MUNI’s current schedule.


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Please note: Private group tours required for groups of 8 or more.