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This self-guided automobile tour is a great way to see San Francisco at your own pace. Follow the distinctive signs displaying seagulls pointing the way along The Bay City's streets as you visit the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a unique treasure. From Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Park to Fort Point, there's no better way to take in the sights than this looping route. Plan at least an afternoon for the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, more if you want to stop and explore what you find along the way.
Tucked away amidst the houses of Seward Street is a set of concrete slides. The slides were built upon the designs of Kim Clark, who was only 14 years old at that time. What was once a vacant lot is today a mini park that thrills and delights children and adults alike. At the center of the park lies a pair of steep concrete slides that are perfect to be enjoyed by the entire family. Laugh till your sides ache and bask in the after-glow of the adrenaline rush that is sure to engulf you as you slide down the Seward Street slides. The park is open daily during daylight hours, and all adults must be accompanied by a child. You will find a few cardboard boxes at the park to ride down the slides, however you are always welcome to bring your own along.
Duboce Park was established in 1902 and was used as a refugee camp after the devastating 1906 earthquake that nearly destroyed the city. This small park has a separate are for dogs to play unleashed. It also features a playground, basketball court and the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. There are many residences close to it and there are no boundaries distinguishing them which is rare for parklands.
Corona Heights Park is one of San Francisco's green spots that anyone can see from the street, but few know how to get to. Located adjacent to the Field Museum, this park is for those who enjoy the climb as much as the view. It will most likely be uninhabited save for wildflowers, dog walkers and urban explorers. Climb the path towards the rocks at the top of the hill and behold a grand view of San Francisco. Don't let the strong winds sweep away the moment, you can walk down the stairs and grab an ice cream on Castro Street.
At one time this beautiful area in Hayes Valley was scarred by the lanes of the Central Highway. The highway has since been demolished and in its place is Patricia's Green. Renamed for the local community activist Patricia Walkup (it was previously known as Hayes Green), this urban oasis represents many of the ideas that she fought for. With a play area for kids and unique installations of local art put forth by the Hayes Valley Art Coalition, this park delivers a rest from the bustle of the city. Nearby cafes make this neighborhood commons area a fun retreat for the day.
Precita Park, located on Folsom Street is a wonderful shaded haven smack between the Mission District and Bernal Heights. The beautiful park features several benches, playgrounds, and is exceedingly popular with kids from the neighboring school areas. Although not as popular as the neighboring Dolores Park, it has all the trappings of a low-key fun day out where everyone in the family can enjoy. Established in 1894, Precita Park witnesses many a fun kiddie birthday party, dog training session and quick lunch relished by workers from neighboring areas. It makes for a nice stop-by when you're in Bernal Heights with the family.