If you’re heading to San Francisco, don’t skip the Mission District. More specifically, if it’s a nice sunny day, don’t skip Dolores Park, which is like a little oasis in the city.

A Leave No Trace park, encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations.

The vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood.

Here you’ll find:

– lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees
– a soccer field
– six tennis courts
– one basketball court
– a multi-use court
– a playground, and,
– two off-leash dog play areas.

Reviews:

“A very nice relaxing park. Clean, family friendly, dog friendly and kid friendly. Kids have a clean modern jungle gym/play area. Clean bathrooms which I found very surprising after all it is San Francisco. The park is situated on a hill so therefore there’s plenty of views of the city.”

“Such a great place to relax with friends and strangers. Good vibes and plenty of room, even when it’s packed on those beautiful sunny days. There are definitely some characters but that makes the experience even better.”

Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are held here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

Added to that, San Francisco has long been an immigrant gateway; in 1860, half of its population was immigrant. Today about 283,000 immigrants live in San Francisco – accounting for 35% of the population.

[Image Credit: Mission Dolores Park]