The Best SECRET Parks In San Francisco

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Tired of your go-to local park? Want to get out of your hood? Why not mix it up?! Grab your kiddos, dust off your explorers hat and hop on over to one of these hidden garden gems. We’ve rounded up the best secret gardens and parks right here in San Francisco. All you need to do is go, go go!

Empire Park, Financial District

Why it’s great: A POPOS (privately-owned public open space), Empire Park is a secret mini garden, nestled between Montgomery and Kearny Streets. The perfect pit-stop, away from the hustle and bustle of the FiDi, kids will love the water feature by Pepo Pichler, a fun focal point of the courtyard. During the spring, white wisteria welcomes you at the entrance, while potato vines climb up the walls of surrounding buildings. To get there, stroll along the quaint, no-cars-allowed portion of Commercial street, dotted with boutiques, cafes and offices. Mom needs a caffeine hit? No problem! Stop off at Chapel Hill Coffee, a few steps away, serving up Four Barrel coffee and pastries from Dogpatch’s Neighbor Bakehouse.
Where: Entrance is off Commercial Street, between Montgomery and Kearny. The park is open during daylight hours, daily. Chapel Hill Coffee at 670 Commercial St. is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Photo Credit by Adam S. via Yelp

Have you and your little one found an off-the-beaten-track park or garden in nestled in the heart of SF? Care to share the secret? Feel free to comment below.

–Kirsty Wilson Denovan

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