Lifestyle San Francisco Spring Things to Do

Visiting Dolores Park

As promised in yesterday's post, this post will fill you in on all you need to know about Mission Dolores Park, commonly referred to as Dolores Park.

Along with info. on Dolores Park, please enjoy some photos I snapped of it and the Helen Diller Playground – the highlight of the park for me and my daughter.

Miguel Hidalgo Mission Dolores Park

Dolores Park is located 2 blocks south of Mission Dolores, on the Western edge of the Mission district in San Francisco. It encompasses nearly 16 acres and is a Leave no Trace city park. This means that it adheres to these 7 principles:

  1. plan ahead and prepare,
  2. travel and camp on durable surfaces,
  3. dispose of waste properly,
  4. leave what you find,
  5. minimize campfire impacts,
  6. respect wildlife,
  7. be considerate of other visitors.

Mission Dolores Park

Dog Play Area Mission Dolores Park

Street parking was pretty easy during the week. Mid-morning on a beautiful Wednesday (the better the weather, the more people the park attracts), we were able to park 1/2 a block away. I’m not sure how parking would be on the weekends, since street parking is the only option. Just to be safe, I’d recommend taking the Muni to the park. The J-Church line runs right along side the park and stops at it.

Mission Dolores Park Garden

Hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm
Features: Spectacular City Views
Helen Diller Playground 2 Off-Leash Dog Play Areas
Free WiFi (#SFWiFi) Tennis Courts
Basketball Court Soccer Field
Multi-purpose Court

Being one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations, this park hosts many festivals, performances, and other cultural events.


Helen Diller Playground

The Helen Diller Playground, specifically, has several highlights of its own, including the following:

  • 45 foot long super slide,
  • Sand Garden,
  • Play Mound,
  • Wood Cluster Climber,
  • Shipwrecked Boat,
  • Natural Climbing Stone,
  • Lateral Net Climber, and
  • Swing Set Play Areas.

Dolores Park Playground


Mission Dolores Park View

Any questions on visiting this park? Let me know!

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