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Sharon Meadow located in the southeast side of Golden Gate Park is large open space which is a favorite haunt for family picnics, sun-bathing and soccer games. In fact, some areas also include tables and barbecues. A La Carte is an annual summer event held at Sharon Park, during which there is live music, great food stalls and fund-raiser walks. The lush green place with huge trees will make you fall in love with nature.
This ornate four-story building looks more like a modern day urban castle than a burial vault. Some of San Francisco finest families or rather their ashes, are housed inside, including the Turks and the Eddys. In addition, The Columbarium features a collection of unusual urns and caskets, including the infamous cookie jar urn. The marble-lined space with lovely stained glass windows also has remarkable acoustics, making the concerts performed here on a regular basis a real treat. The Neptune Society Columbarium is owned and operated by the Neptune Society of Nothern California.
This is a living museum in Golden Gate Park that is home to a wide array of rare and exotic plant life from around the world. Visit the 70-acre garden and explore seemingly endless trails with duck ponds, an arbor, herbs, flowers, blooming trees and redwoods, and smaller, specialized gardens with names like the Garden of Fragrance. Also on hand is an education center that provides different gardening, horticulture, botany, and environmental classes for adults and children, plus a horticulture library and bookstore. Admission is free for San Francisco residents and there is a small fee for non-residents.
Located in Golden Gate Park, this garden is a marvel of landscape architect's art. This traditional Japanese garden covers five acres (2.02 hectares). Several paths take you by an authentic pagoda, a monumental Buddha, and a miniature waterfall over an acutely arched bridge that no kid can resist. Overlooking the gardens, a koi-filled pond rests beside a Japanese-style tea house, which in spring is covered with a cascade of wisteria. The gift shop sells souvenirs with a Japanese flair.
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.
You might remember the Alamo Square Park from the opening credits of the 1980s sitcom Full House, where the Tanner family is seen enjoying a picnic here in the backdrop of the Painted Ladies-Alamo Square. That was the park's shot to fame. This lovely green expanse is a place where most of the local families come to spend time under the bright San Francisco sun. At any given time, you can see kids playing, people strolling with babies or walking dogs around the park. In an otherwise bustling city, the Alamo Square Park is an oasis of peace. If you are in San Francisco, the Alamo Square Park is definitely worth a visit.
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.