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The Best Playgrounds & Parks on the San Francisco Peninsula

Published May 22, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Want your kids to go outside and have some fun? There are plenty of free outdoor playgrounds that can be found throughout the San Francisco Peninsula.

We've compiled a list of the best playgrounds, parks & picnic spots on the San Francisco Peninsula. Find out some of our favorite places to soak up the summer with your family.

Mission Bay Kids' Park

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Location: Long Bridge Street & China Basin St, San Francisco

Mission Bay Parks (MBP) has acres of clean, safe and friendly green space open to enjoy with family, friends and co-workers. There are shoreline, pocket and kids’ parks. Dogs are also welcome in the park, so feel free to bring your furry friend. 

Koret Children's Quarter Playground

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Location: Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Bowling Green Dr

The Koret Children's Quarter Playground is a lively playground featuring a variety of equipment, an old-fashioned carousel & tons of green space for your family to burn off some energy. The spider web climber is our favorite piece of equipment and will keep your kids busy. 

Julius Kahn Playground

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Location: Pacific Ave & Spruce St

This is such a cute park! Not only can you can see the Golden Gate Bridge from here, but it is also a great spot  for older kids, as there is a ton of climbing equipment which is more challenging than your typical slide structure. That said, there's a designated spot for smaller kids that's not as intimidating. There are also some hiking trails if you need to take a break from the playground. 

Mission Dolores Park

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Location: Dolores St & 19th St

Mission Dolores Park is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco with a local Mission District feeling. There are so many things to do at Dolores like take your kids to the climbing structures, or to the sand area at the playground. If you like sports, this park houses 6 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, and a open field.

Walter Haas Playground

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Location: Addison St

Walter Haas Playground offering scenic views, swings, climbing areas, trails & a basketball court. There is a brand new children's playground, a dog run and a beautiful lawn. 

Parking is really easy and free, which is a big perk! Not to mention there is an absolutely stunning view of the city.

Alta Plaza

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Location: Jackson St. & Steiner St.

Alta Plaza Park features a playground and a large lawn area, two full tennis courts, plus a multipurpose basketball/tennis court. There are plenty of paved walking trails, benches, and views of the city. There are also different play structures for your kids to enjoy, a sand pit, benches, slides and seven swings. 

Frontierland Park

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Location: 900 Yosemite Dr, Pacifica

Frontierland Park is an amazing and unique playground for all ages. This park is nestled up against the hills of Pacifica with lots of open space to picnic, BBQ, play horseshoes, or just enjoy the playground amenities. The park also has one large-group picnic area that can be reserved.

Golden Gate Park

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Location: San Francisco

Golden Gate Park is the ultimate haven away from urban chaos. Kid's will enjoy the gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities.

Presidio Heights Playground

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Location: 3437 Clay St

Presidio Heights Playground is another great place for toddlers to gain more confidence in their unsteady steps. Fences separate the little and big kid areas, allowing younger children to avoid the accidental knockdown by a boisterous older child that can sometimes occur at larger parks. 

Kids enjoy the swings, slide, sandbox and climbing structures. There are a few nice picnic benches and restrooms so bring a snack and enjoy some time here. Full length basketball and volleyball court onsite.

Helen Diller Playground

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Location: San Francisco

The Helen Driller Playground offering awesome slides, unique play structures for all ages, and spectacular views of the gorgeous city skyline. It's just as fun here at night as it is during the day, with or without the kiddies in tow.

Looking for other cool things to do with your kids in San Francisco Peninsula? Check out our Events section for free community events & festivals! 

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