This extremely popular San Francisco park is at the heart of one of its most interesting and culturally diverse neighborhoods. Within its 16 acres, you'll find expansive green space shaded by palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, a basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash areas where your canine friends can frolic and play. No wonder it attracts 7,000–10,000 people on sunny, weekend days.
Have a look around in the video below:
The park lies east of the Twin Peaks in the warm and sunny microclimate of the Mission neighborhood. It's located two blocks south of Mission Dolores, the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. The tiny adobe building was completed in 1776 and served as the headquarters of the Spanish Roman Catholic missions in the area. A large basilica, completed in 1918, is right next door.
Mission Dolores Park plays host to many popular festivals, performances, and cultural events throughout the year. Over the years, these have included political rallies, Aztec ceremonial dances, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and the annual San Francisco Mime Troupe performances. Visitors to the city in winter should note that the park is generally closed between December and February. Tap the link below for more information about park hours, special events, and directions to the park.
Cover photo "mission-dolores" by Alex Grenon is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0