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Golden Gate Park San Francisco
There of plenty of parks in San Francisco, of course, and there are more than plenty of other things to do there, too. It's the best city in America. But when people in the City refer to the Park, they mean Golden Gate Park. As one man told me, "The Park is the jewel of the City."
And so I went, one day, to Golden Gate Park. But before I tell you about my visit, I need to tell you a little about the Park. It's 1,017 acres, or about three times the size of Overton Park. But a list of all the stuff to see and do in Overton Park would fill a couple of paragraphs at best; the same list for Golden Gate Park would fill the rest of this column.
In 1870, when the City bought the land, it was all sand dunes. For that reason it is considered a world masterpiece of landscape architecture. It's peacefully magical, or perhaps magically peaceful, considering it's surrounded by the City. Its winding roads are lined by magnolias and cherry trees and rhododendrons and oaks and elms and fragrant eucalyptus. Seemingly every bend in every road brings you to another meadow or garden or place of interest. The Shakespeare Garden is not far from the Moon-Viewing Garden and the Succulent Garden and the Garden of Fragrance; the archery field is between the golf course and the windmill, which overlooks Ocean Beach....read more about Golden Gate Park San Francisco
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Swim with the Dolphins at Six Flags Marine World in collaboration with Ocean Discovery.
The new Caribbean-themed destination is the only place in Northern California where guests can personally interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, southern stingrays and warm-weathered penguins.
The 2-acre area provides guests the opportunity to interact with and feed some of the world's natural wonders while learning about the animals and the importance of natural habitat conservation and protection.
Ocean Discovery provides interactive experiences with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins inside a custom designed 200,000-gallon pool where guests can have direct contact with the animals and their trainers. During designated times guests can touch and feed the dolphins with the assistance of the Park's veteran trainers. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the dolphins from an underwater viewing area....read more about swimming with dolphins in California >>