Spring is a beautiful time in the City to get outside and explore a trail, ride a bike, pack a picnic or take a stroll with your pooch. San Francisco has a variety of outdoor destinations for you to get your dose of nature. Here are a few of our favorites, but remember to maintain a safe social distance, wear a mask and be safe.
Alamo Square, 1.1 miles from NEMA. Pack a picnic and visit the Painted Ladies! Don’t forget your camera: historic Alamo Square offers quintessential scenes of the City, including the famous Postcard Row. There’s a dedicated dog park, but the entire area is canine-friendly, so you can go ahead and bring your puppy to play.
Baker Beach, 4.9 miles from NEMA. Gaze in wonder towards the Bridge and Marin Headlands from outside the Golden Gate at mile-long Baker Beach. It's nestled at the foot of rugged cliffs on the Presidio's western shore where you can spy the sunset as dogs sprint circles through the sand, fishermen pull in buckets of crab, and paddle boarders brave the cold water.
Bernal Heights Park, 2.6 miles from NEMA. Reward yourself with 360-degree panorama views of San Francisco sights after a hike up to Bernal Heights Park. Enjoy fresh air at the pleasant park that offers plenty of space to roam, an extensive playground and a beautiful backdrop for selfies.
China Beach, 5.2 miles from NEMA. China Beach is in a tiny cove tucked between Lands End and Baker Beach in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco. This sheltered pocket of sand features a picnic area, sunbathing, good play spots for children, and spectacular views of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate.
Crissy Field, 3.6 miles from NEMA. The restored Crissy Field is a stunning place to walk or bike on a flat, hard-packed promenade with iconic views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. A beautiful and much-loved trail winds through Crissy Field between Marina Green and Fort Point.
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, 4 miles from NEMA. Featuring classic elements such as an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden. Cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the garden in March and April.
Jefferson Square Park, 0.7 miles from NEMA. This grassy 5.6-acre park features an off-leash area. The park is also on a hill so you'll also be able to enjoy some views of the city, including City Hall's rotunda.
Mission Dolores Park, 1.6 miles from NEMA. Spanning nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks. On sunny afternoons it is an ideal place to lounge, picnic, walk a dog, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.
Ocean Beach, 5.3 miles from NEMA. This 3.5-mile stretch of white beach sits on the westernmost border of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park. Great for strolling and flying kites, but the water is frigid and the currents hazardous for all but the most experienced surfers.
Patricia’s Green, 0.4 miles from NEMA. The long, narrow park consists of two open lawns interspersed with circular plazas. The park is a beautiful centerpiece to this growing neighborhood and is worth spending an afternoon in.
San Francisco Botanical Garden, 3.1 miles from NEMA. This living museum within Golden Gate Park, offers 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Spring is an ideal time to visit the park's Japanese Tea Garden, especially when the cherry blossom trees come into bloom during March and April.
Salesforce Park, 1.6 miles from NEMA. This 5.4-acre rooftop park is located above the Salesforce Transit Center in the heart of SoMa. Lush landscape features 600 trees + 16,000 plants arranged in various parts of the park, and a linear fountain. The perimeter of the park is a walking trail that spans half a mile. Along the trail are 13 small botanical gardens with flora and fauna representing different regions of the world.
Top of Twin Peaks, 3.4 miles from NEMA. Want a spectacular 360 degree view of San Francisco? Head for the top of Twin Peaks. At more than 900 feet above sea level, these two hills offer views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, downtown SF, Angel Island, and so much more.
Yerba Buena Gardens, 1.2 miles away from NEMA. Pedal down to play and relax amid landscaped lawns, serene waterfalls and colorful gardens at the cultural heart of San Francisco. The Gardens’ open spaces are available to you to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
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