We all love Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, but did you know San Francisco has over 220 parks and open spaces? Curbed SF wants to bring fame and glory to some of the smaller, lesser-known parks, and we're doing so with our series Park Life. Each week we'll spotlight a different San Francisco park or open space, and bring you all the details you need to plan a visit.[Photo via Patricia Chang]
Known officially as The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park since 1981, this park is often referred to as simply Aquatic Park, which is technically a district within the park itself. Whatever you call it, the park is loaded with fun activities, sites, scenic views and an abundance of adjacent places to head for if the wind and fog pick up and chase you away. Where it's located: At the northern end of Russian Hill on the waterfront between the Hyde Street Pier and the terminus of Van Ness Avenue.
What it features: This park is loaded with stuff to do:
the Hyde Street Pier with its fleet of historic boats, the Maritime Museum, a visitor center, a beach, a grand lawn, amphitheater-style seating and an open water swimming area (bring a wetsuit).
How to get there: The Powell-Hyde Cable car and the 19 bus line will get you the closest, but you cal also take the 47, 49, and 30 bus lines and the F streetcar line to get very close.
Dogs allowed: Yes, but on-leash only.
Don't miss: This park on a hot day. It's rare enough when San Francisco has a true beach day, so taking advantage of it is a must. The popular area serves a great central location to take in the bay and views while soaking up some rays. Be warned, however, as on the weekends and special occasions this park be very crowded.
·San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [nps.gov]
·San Francisco National Maritime Park Association [maritime.org]