I'll find almost any excuse to spend my day in San Francisco. Since Spring + Summer are soon approaching, I've made it my mission to visit as many parks as I can in The City. There are a few things I am looking for while checking out these parks; bathrooms, water fountains, cleanliness, gated area, tables, grassy area & unique park attractions. If you are planning to enjoy one of the lovely parks in San Francisco make sure head out as early to get those prime parking spots which are hard to come by.
Alta Plaza Park is in Fillmore District, aka Lower Pacific Heights (between Van Ness Avenue and Divisadero Street). You'll find casual places to pop in for a quick bite. You'll find that Alta Plaza Park is located on a hill so you'll get your workout in and enjoy the view once you reach the top. Moms will really enjoyed this park because its modern and clean. The fact that it has a gate is a plus. The tractor in the sand area kept these boys entertained and it had everything I was looking for.
Lafayette Park is in the Fillmore District. It has all the features I was looking for. Its about 3 blocks away from Fillmore street so if you are up for the walk go for it its worth it. This park is fairly new and has a water attraction for the kids to use during the summer. Asael's favorite part climbing the big stone steps and coming down the tunnel slides.
This park is located in North Beach aka Little Italy. It's walking distance from all the restaurants on Columbus Street which is so convenient because you can walk off your meal. It has a lot of seating areas that allow you to keep an eye on your kids. It has really cool playground structures and it has two bocce balls courts (equipment not included). My husband is already looking for a set of bocce balls to make it a day thing. Here's a tip, grab some lunch from The Italian Homemade Company down the block, you won't be disappointed.
**For directions click on each parks name