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Best Parks for Stunning Views and Picnics in San Francisco

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Since we are still limited on what we can do during the pandemic in the Bay Area, consider having a picnic to get some fresh air and take in the beautiful views of San Francisco. Surprisingly the weather is still not that cold even though it is officially winter season so take advantage of the cool breeze and consider checking out these parks. Here are my top four picks for the best picnic spots in the city. Grab your picnic blanket and snacks since you'll definitely stay there for hours!

Mission Dolores Park

If you have never heard about Dolores Park, you are probably living under a rock. Considered one of San Francisco’s popular summer destinations, the park is filled with people having picnics and chilling under the sun. You’ll find people of all ages and dogs sitting on the grassy lawn along with a children’s playground, tennis court, basket court, or the occasional volleyball net. Dolores Park is located in the Mission district and has a beautiful view of downtown San Francisco. I love spending my day here having a picnic on the 15-acre park and people-watch since there are always things happening.

Presidio Main Post Lawn

One of my favorite places in the city to have a picnic. Located near Ghirardelli Square, you’ll find a huge 7-acre lawn at Presidio for the perfect place to relax and hangout. Surrounded by the ocean, bike paths, and green hills, the sights in this area are breathtaking. If you’re bored, head about to the Walt Disney Museum across the lawn to learn about the history of Walt Disney. There used to be events and concerts like Off the Grid here but due to the pandemic, many of these events have been canceled. A popular spot on the weekends, you’ll see families and friends hanging out and enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Yerba Buena Gardens

If you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco, head over to the Yerba Buena Gardens. With a huge lawn right in the middle of downtown, order food for takeout and sit down on the grassy lawn and enjoy the juxtaposition between the craziness of downtown and the serenity of the garden. There are also many things to explore like the waterfall of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial or different activities around the neighborhood.

Alamo Square Park

If you are a huge fan of Full House, you can have a picnic at Alamo Square Park sitting right in front of the Painted Ladies. You used to be able to see tourists lining up to take photos with the houses in the background but have stopped since travel has been limited. Compared to the other parks above, this park is on a hill so you can get a beautiful view of the San Francisco skyline. There’s also a tennis court, trails, and playground that you can check out after your picnic.

Have you been to any of these parks and if so, which one is your favorite? I hope you enjoy reading my recommendations on great spots to have a picnic. The past year has been rough so take the time to get some fresh air and do things that make you happy. There are plenty of other parks sprinkled throughout the city so I would love to hear your suggestions.

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