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5 Best Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in San Francisco

San Francisco is rich with gorgeous spots in which you can enjoy the spring season. The Bay Area has a lot more to offer outdoors than you think. Here now are the five picks for the best places for taking advantage of the outdoors.

ALAMO SQUARE

If you’re a Full House fan, visiting Alamo Square is probably already on your list of places to see in S.F. The vibrant line of Victorian homes (better known as the Painted Ladies) and the lush grassy area across the way are just a few of the draws to this part of the city. A picnic blanket, a few sandwiches, and some good company are all you’ll need to complete the experience.

Alamo Square, Hayes Street, between Steiner and Scott streets.

DOLORES PARK

As it turns out, S.F. doesn’t have foggy weatherall the time. If you’re not a fan of sunbathing at the beach, Mission Dolores Park might be the right choice for you. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll or challenging your friend to a match of tennis, there’s something for everybody to enjoy here. The awesome view of the skyline is just an added bonus.

Mission Dolores Park, 19th and Dolores streets.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

This charming outdoor oasis is every garden lover’s dream. Located in S.F.’s Golden Gate Park, it’s home to a variety of trees and flowers, ranging from redwoods to magnolias.

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue (between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Lincoln Way); (415) 661-1316.

Baker Beach

Ask any S.F.er where to find the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and we’ll bet they’ll say Baker Beach. This serene spot is also dog-friendly, which is good news for anyone who has a four-legged friend at home. Tip: If you’re going to explore the northern area of the beach, beware — it’s clothing-optional.

Baker Beach, near Bowley Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

Japanese Tea Garden

Tranquil is the only way to describe the Japanese Tea Garden. The picturesque garden, featuring a tea house, koi fish, and traditional pagodas, is also located within S.F.’s Golden Gate Park. After a visit here, it’ll be hard not to feel absolutely relaxed.

Japanese Tea Garden, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (between John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. drives); (415) 752-1171.

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