San Francisco’s belated summer is finally upon us. As the fog rolls out, locals and tourists roll in to the city’s numerous parks to hike, wander, and relish in the greenery. To the Individuals looking to steer away from the large crowds that fill Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, here are some lesser known parks with trails, amazing views, and/or secret charms about them.
1. Little Hollywood Park
I have been going to this park since childhood with my family. Although it may be not be as newly renovated as Dolores Park, it is always full of neighborhood people. In the morning, you can catch tai chi lessons and in the afternoon you can act like a big kid and swing on the swings.
2. Precita Park
Precita Park can be found just a few blocks from the Mission. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at the bright and open Precita Park Café where they serve local and sustainable food.
3. Corona Heights
This park is located in the Castro and Corona Heights district. Here you can get a panoramic view of the city. Hike up the steep peak and enjoy a lover’s kiss to top off a romantic evening.
4. Marina Green
The grass is always green at this park. Lay out a blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy a glorious view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
5. John McLaren Park
This park is named after the man that planned Golden Gate Park. It is an expansive stretch of 312 acres and is second in size to Golden Gate Park. With a trail called Philosopher’s Way this park is ideal for college students to think and have peace of mind.
6. Alta plaza Park
This park is amid the beautiful mansions of Pacific Heights. Come here to play tennis or to relax. Alta Plaza is a prime location to people and pug watch during their monthly Pug Sunday events.