Washington Square Park
Washington Square Inn is next to Washington Square Park and close to a few other parks, making it easy to relax in the San Francisco sunshine or even hold a picnic or an impromtu game of frisbee.
Washington Square Park
Right across the street from the inn is Washington Square Park. Legendary San Francisco columnist Herb Caen loved to comment about the park: “It is a square that isn’t a square, in the heart of North Beach, which isn’t a beach. Washington Square isn’t on Washington Street and has a statue of Benjamin Franklin instead of George Washington.” Discover for yourself the distinct charms of this urban retreat, an ideal place to take a break while exploring San Francisco.
Angel Island State Park
This park covers 740 acres and offers such outdoor activities as hiking, fishing, biking and environmental camping sites available. Explore the military building build in 1863. Visit three historical homes on the island. Open all year around.
Golden Gate Park
Even if you’ve only got a couple days for your romantic getaway in San Francisco, CA, head down to this lovely place, one of the finest city parks anywhere. The park offers visitors a Rose Garden, an Observatory and an arboretum. There are also lakes and plenty of green space framing the magnificent Golden Gate. The Golden Gate Bridge is nearby if you decide you’d like to walk or cycle across. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses over 75,000 acres of land and includes Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, Fort Mason and more
Once an airfield at the historic Presidio of San Francisco and now part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Crissy Field is a great location for taking a relaxing walk along the bay and enjoying the views of the ocean, boats, Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin County. Minutes from the Washington Square Inn, the park also features Crissy Field Center, where guided walks, workshops and more are available to the public, as well as a café and giftshop.
Muni offers convenient connections to the Golden Gate State Park from transit stops throughout the city. Muni riders with Fast Pass or transfer receive a $2 discount to the de Young Museum. See the Muni to Golden Gate Park map (PDF), use 511.org’s transit trip planner for specific directions.
Golden Gate Park Shuttle:
This free shuttle picks up passengers at 15 locations throughout the Golden Gate State Park on weekends and holidays, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. through mid-December. Free. See a complete schedule at the Golden Gate Concourse Authority Web site.
At the Golden Gate State Park, the Music Concourse Garage is open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, and costs $2.50 an hour during the week, $3 an hour on weekends (bicycle parking is free). The entrance is at 10th Avenue and Fulton Street. There’s also time-limited parking along JFK Drive, MLK Jr. Drive and side streets within the park