round and round and round we go

Golden Gate Park has amazed and amused me for the two decades I’ve been here. There’s seemingly something for everyone, especially children. The Children’s Playground (seen here from above) is a cornerstone to any child’s visit to our fair city, and a staple for inhabitants. (The playground is the oldest public children’s playground in America.) These are the concrete slides, on which kids sprinkle sand so their cardboard sleds race even faster.

slides, childen's playground, golden gate park, san francisco

Long ago there were grizzly bears and elephants (the latter for riding) near the Children’s Playground, but these days it’s the free play structures and the pay-per-ride 1912 Herschell-Spillman carrousel that bring kids and adults here.

(The carrousel was built near Buffalo, New York, and would up at the Golden Gate International Exposition, on Treasure Island, in 1939. An earlier carrousel, opened to the public in 1999, was here first, its motor driven by a steam engine. Call first, +1.415.831.2700.)

There’s a public bathroom nearby, and cotton candy a few feet away. You have been warned.

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