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It’s always amazing to visit San Francisco any time of the year, but springtime in the city is definitely when the city starts to open up and unfold all its delightful layers. Each district seems to bustle with more activity and people enjoying the springtime weather, being outdoors and checking out the local scene or just spending some time outdoors.

 

 

Lands end at spring time

Let’s explore the outdoors in San Francisco

Enjoying nature and the outdoors in San Francisco is easily accessible with the many parks, trails and public venues around the city.  Golden Gate park offers a multitude well-known attractions like the Conservatory of flowers, the arboretum, Japanese tea garden and local museums including the De Young and California Academy of Sciences. There are many areas within the park for recreation and sporting activities, along with trails and bike paths leading all the way to Ocean beach.

 

Golden gate recreation park at Lands End trail

 

 

Hiking along the coastal trails at Lands End and China Beach

 

Hidden beaches of San Francisco

 

 

Hiking the coastal trails around China Beach

Hiking the coastal trails around China Beach

 

 

As part of the Golden Gate National park system, the area starting from Lands End connects all the way to the Golden Gate bridge with trails, green belts, beaches and a golf course.  The public beaches and coves are all connected by well maintained trails including China beach, Baker beach, and Marshall beach (walking directly on the beach along the shoreline leads directly underneath the Golden Gate bridge and Fort Baker).

 

Fishing and surf at Baker Beach

Enjoying a day out at Baker Beach

 

Golden Gate bridge hidden by fog

 

 

From the Golden Gate,  there are more green belts, parks and trails covering the Presidio (another national park and monument) and along the bay front at Crissy fields, the marina district and down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Its amazing in such a condense and packed urban metropolis, San Francisco has successfully save some of it’s best views and public parks and green belt areas for the public to enjoy.

 

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Visiting San Francisco – a riot of blooms

It’s not surprising that springtime along these open areas are bursting with color and abundant plantings of native flora and flowers. Vivid blooms of yellow and blue lupines, native orange poppies and the various blue shades of  Ceanothus, a native California lilac fill the coastal areas, dunes and beaches.  Careful planting and maintenance with the various conservancy groups and the Golden Gate park system has ensured that these areas are well cared for and they hope to revert the area back to its original landscape prior to development.  Along the trail head leading to Baker beach, I bump into a group of local volunteers maintaining the area and  diligently planting a new bed with seedlings. Eventually this area will develop into a larger patch of sandy dunes covered with local flowers and ground cover so the dunes are well-preserved and lovingly cared for with these volunteer groups.

 

Wildflower blooms at the Golden Gate Recreation park

 

 

 

 

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San Francisco coastal walk in spring

In San Francisco must see the outdoors and nature

It’s so nice to spend some quiet time and visit a part of the city that is still connected to nature. It doesn’t take too far to actually see and enjoy nature in this large and urban metropolis. Open spaces and parks are a natural extension of the California lifestyle outdoors, and recreation and sports activities are a year round activity. But in springtime when the weather is pleasant, taking some time to seeing the natural beauty around San Francisco and its parks and recreation are a nice way to spend the day outdoors outside of the typical tourist attractions available in the city.

 

Wildflower blooms along the San Francisco coastal walk

Wildflower blooms along the San Francisco coastal walk

 

To visit the various areas of the Golden Gate Recreation Area, you can visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm

To visit the various sites around the Presidio at San Francisco, you can visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm

 

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If you enjoyed this post, check out my other San Francisco posts below

Visiting the new SF Moma – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Fantastic places to eat in San Francisco

San Francisco views from above

San Francisco Mission district food tour

San Francisco North Beach food tour

The cool stairs of San Francisco

San Francisco – best views to take a picture

 

Thanks for checking out the blog today and finding out about San Francisco in springtime, hopefully you enjoy your San Francisco travel and experience some of these cool and local things to do in the city.

Have you done anything else cool or unusual in San Francisco? Please share it with us in the comments below.

 

 

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