Golden Gate Park’s Hidden Gems, On Bicycle
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Golden Gate Park’s Hidden Gems on a Bike, Via ‘The Wiggle’
From Market St. to Ocean Beach, the San Francisco ‘Wiggle’ is a wonderful bike route that avoids all the hills and passes through some of the city’s most beautiful spots. I personally love to take this route on Sundays because that’s when Golden Gate Park closes some of its roads to cars and lets bicycles and pedestrians get free rein. Sunday is also the day that delightful characters hold a roller disco dance party, there’s also a Lindy in the Park all-day swing dance session, and often times Park Chalet Beer Garden has live music outdoors.
If you don’t feel like busting your hump, have no fear, this bike route ain’t the Tour de France, it’s a chill, flat, glide through the city, avoiding all the hills, and if you don’t have a bike don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to get your hands one (read bellow)! Most importantly you can get all the stops, the bike route, and our descriptions on the handy little FREE App GLOQL, download it on your iPhone and you will have this tour in your pocket!
If you are new to biking or to the city, a great resource for ALL THINGS cycling is the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, they have info on how to park and lock up your bike, bicycle traffic laws & safety, they even have an exhaustive paper and digital riding map of the entire city, SFBC just happens to be located on Market St. right near the start of The Wiggle too!
If you don’t have a bike or a friend to borrow one from, you can easily rent one for the day at City Ride in Hayes Valley, (Hayes Valley Shop 370B Linden St. San Francisco (415) 500-2050) which is also real close to the start of our hidden gems starting point, and they’re super nice people who will rent you a sweet bike for the day, for like $25 (you get 20% discount by booking online by the way).
Wet your whistle before launching off
Duboce Park Cafe has good food and beverages as well as outdoor seating with a view of all the dogs running around Duboce Park, its a nice spot to get fueled up before you hop on the tour. You can spy ‘The Wiggle’ bike path by the bright Green Bikes Painted on the Street:
Pandhandle Your Way to Golden Gate Park
After you’ve wound your way through the Lower Haight following the green bike lane indicators on the road, you’ll find yourself in the SF Panhandle. It’s a strip of pines, cypress, and redwood trees that line a bike path through the ‘handle’ of Golden Gate Park. At the end of the panhandle you’ll find your way into Golden Gate Park.
Flowers Flowers & More Flowers!
Ahhh, it’s hard to miss, beds and beds of flowers. The Conservatory of Flowers opened to the public in 1879, and if you’re into plants (orchids especially) check out inside as well, they’ve got veritable rainforest inside.
Roller Disco Party Sundays
It’s exactly what it sounds like, delightful SFers rollerskating and rollerblading their little hearts out to funky beats. Check out their website for their schedules, but Sundays are almost always a good time to check it out.
Get your Swing Dance On Sundays!
This is a big, open, free, swing dance party that happens every Sunday. For more info check out lindyinthepark.com. Don’t be shy, the water’s just fine.
Check out this dope view for Free at De Young
Ya that’s right, a little known gem in GG Park is the Hamon Observation Tower located at the tipy top of the De Young Museum. You don’t have to buy a ticket to check out the view, just get in the elevator and shoot up into the sky. The 360 view of West San Francisco is splendid, you can see all the way to the Pacific on a clear day.
Cruise Stow Lake
Whether you want to paddle boat around, row your lover past the waterfall, or just get a cold beer by the water, this is cool spot to ride past.