Koret Children's Quarter at Golden Gate Park

320 Bowling Green Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94122

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Koret Children's Quarter is formerly known as the Children's Playground. This playground was first established in 1887 and is considered the first playground to be built in the United States. In 2007 it underwent a $3.8 million renovation with generous support from the Koret Foundation (hence the name). It is a truly beautiful playground!

The inspiration for the design of the playground comes from the natural landscape of San Francisco. In the play area you can easily see the transition from the hills to the shore to the sea. Play opportunities include climbing wave walls, seaside animal sculptures, sea caves, and tot and big kid tree house villages. It really is a safe and imaginative place for children to play.

The tree house villages offer numerous climbing opportunities, a neat lily pad bridge, small tunnels, ten slides, and a zip line. Beside the big kid tree house is a massive climbing net structure. Older kids will thrill in making it to the very top!

Be sure to bring your own cardboard for the two hillside cement slides. Sliding down those is a requirement of every kid who visits the playground and some adults too.

There are two sand pits for digging in. One has a small water source, so watch for muddy knees from digging near it. There are plenty of places to sit and supervise, but not much shade. Also, keep in mind that this is Golden Gate Park in SF, the weather changes in a moment. My advice - dress in layers.

Next to the playground is a wonderful carousel. A carousel has been at the park since it opened in 1888. The current carousel is the third one. Prices are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids ages 6-12. Children under 5 ride free with a paying adult. For information about the history of the carousel:

One other thing to note, the bathrooms are quite a hike away from the playground. Head towards the carousel and then up the hill behind the Sharon Art Studio.

This playground really is special to the city of San Francisco. I'd be willing to wager that generations of children who have grown up in the city have had the opportunity to play here - right alongside many who are just stopping by for a visit.

Park Features

  • Bathrooms - Yes
  • Climbing Wall - No
  • Parking Lot - Yes
  • Rec Center - Yes
  • Sand - Yes
  • Skateboard Area - No
  • Slides - 12
  • Swings (Big kid) - 4
  • Swings (Tot) - 4
  • Tire Swing - No
  • Water Play - No
  • Zip Line - Yes
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