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Golden Gate Park: A Haven of Nature, Art, and Design

May 06, 2022

Guests are drawn to the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa in part by its lush, pastoral surroundings and old European charm. If you, too, are a fan of exquisite gardens and international design, we highly recommend a trip to nearby Golden Gate Park. With over 1000 acres of beautifully appointed public land, this park has something to delight every visitor. Established in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers is the park’s oldest building and contains 1700 unique plants both tropical and aquatic, including a famed assortment of orchids and a century-old giant Imperial philodendron. In the Japanese Tea Garden, pagodas rise amid tranquil koi ponds, stone paths, cherry trees, and azaleas. Marvel at the two towering windmills that once powered the park’s water supply; explore the impressive art collection housed in San Francisco’s oldest museum, the de Young; and catch a ride on an authentic 1914 Herschell-Spillman Company Carousel. All this and a great deal more awaits you at Golden Gate Park.