Golden Gate Park is every San Franciscan's beloved backyard. Any weekend finds hundreds of people coming here to play or just to relax and breathe in the heady air. Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape but 20% larger than Central Park in New York, to which it is often compared. It is over three miles long east to west, and about half a mile north to south. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate is the third most visited city park in the United States.
Almost every conceivable sort of recreational activity is available: hiking, running, cycling, golf, tennis, baseball, soccer, fishing, and more. There's also the very first children's playground in the US with the magnificent Herschel-Spillman Carousel, built in 1912. Even on a rainy day, the park offers world-class activities in the form of the California Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium and the marvelous Steinhart Aquarium.