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San Francisco Noob Mission in the Parks

May 27th, 2010 · 11 Comments · San Francisco · By: Casi

Although it’s raining like a mo outside today, weather.com says it’s going to be sunny and in the 70’s over the weekend. Although I secretly wished it was going to rain this weekend because I tend to spend money on sunny weekends going to cafe’s, bars, restaurants, boutiques, vendors, and the occasional happy bum donations; I have decided to put on my thinking cap and find something free to do.

I’ve never lived in a city with so many beautiful parks, so I have made it my mission to go to as many parks as possible over the sunny weekend. Below you will find a list of some parks that were suggested to me on twitter, some I have already enjoyed going to, and some I had no idea were even there until I found them on Wikipedia. So help a noob out and vote for your favorite park to hang out with a beer, a book, a park that has great people watching, cute puppies I can steal pet, or any other random reason you enjoy it. I plan on bringing a backpack of all the essentials (so I don’t spend a dime), my bus pass, my new book (you will see a post about this soon + a giveaway. GET EXCITED!), and my trusty phone/camera.

Please leave comments if there are any extra special things I should know about your park suggestion (i.e. stay away from the bum who likes to lick people). Also, pick as many parks as you like, and suggest some that aren’t on the list! I will try to make it to all the most voted. YaY for three day weekends!

Oh yea, and thanks to all the men and women out their who have fought their hearts out for this country. We are all greatful for your service, which allows us to have fun noob-tacular missions!


#1. Dolores Park
#2. Washington Square/Duboce Park/Marina Green
#3. Alamo Square/Palace of Fine Arts
#4. Corona Heights
Other = Lincoln Park/McLercan Park/Buena Vista

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  • http://goldengatebeerbars.com troymccluresf

    Duboce may be my favorite of these choices (and not only because I live like forty feet from it). There's not really a view, though it's nice as the sun sets behind Sutro Tower and the hospital. But it does have great, new lawns and tons of dogs. And it's easy to get to.

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki

    The city is small. You'll be able to go to a BUNCH of them! Marina Green and Palace of Fine Arts are close to each other. :)

    This was totally one of our date day activities: Grab a sandwich at Lucca's in the Marina and walk over to a bench by the Palace of Fine Arts!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    Duboce is one of my faves too! It was one of the first parks I went to in SF and I went to Dogfest there!! I loved all the cute puppies!

  • sfBirdie

    I love Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies. Also, the view is the one from the Full House opening, which is always a plus in my book.
    Oh and definitely go to Washington Square. North Beach is always buzzing on sunny days!

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  • Nikki

    I like Washington Square … and I always see a ton of cute puppies there. Maybe you could find one to “pet”.

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    I think Washington Square is definitely going to be a stop I make on my park mission. It's my favorite! But, there is so much good food around there it's going to be tough to stick to my stupid homemade sandwich! And yes, I will be “petting” lots of puppies!

  • jlynes

    GREATTTT idea!!!

  • njudah

    If it's sunny out there, I suggest McLaren Park, in addition to the aforementioned Duboce (awesome, site of a fake BART station in a movie) and the others. McLaren has some unique views, and it's huge.

    As a bonus, if you have time one day, taking the 29 Sunset bus from McLaren takes you on an odd journey across many parts of SF, and you end up at the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. I was going to start a feature called Muni Trekker (which I may be reviving) and the 29 was a test line we tried out.

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    awesome!!! thanks for the suggestions!!

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