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San Francisco Ferry Building/Farmers' Market

San Francisco's revitalized Ferry Building has the advantages of spectacular scenery, unique vendors and impressive historic architecture. During the weekend, it is unbeatable as a location to people watch and nosh happily while perambulating. The constant presence of street performers and toddlers is a great indication of how safe and vibrant the Ferry Building feels.

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Dolores Park, San Francisco

While not the most attractively landscaped park, this neighborhood hangout is a perfect nexus of neighborhood cafes and shops, nearby transportation, and a piece of sun in foggy San Francisco that attracts a lively crowd at all times.

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Mint Plaza, San Francisco

In April 2007 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Mayor approved legislation to transform a 290’-long portion of Jessie Street stretching between Fifth and Mint Streets into San Francisco’s newest public open space, aptly named Mint Plaza. Existing streets and sidewalks have been demolished and replaced with a new pedestrian surface composed of composite stone pavers, a steel arbor with climbing vines, trees ...more »

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Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

A magical space within Golden Gate Park, the Botanical Gardens, formerly called the Arboretum, showcases plants from Mediterranean climates around the world. There are large lawns where people stretch out on blankets, goregous ponds, a boardwalk that takes you past prehistoric plants, and many winding paths for contemplative walkers. Outstanding site for bird watching. Neighbors have been fighting attempts to impose fees ...more »

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