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Koret Playground

free admission
Koret Playground

Visit America's first public playground in Golden Gate Park.

If you're visiting Golden Gate Park, don't forget to stop by the historic Koret Playground, first opened in 1888. The Koret Playground has a lovely setting surrounded by lawns and woodland, with a historic carousel and picnic tables.

5 best things about Koret Playground

1. Koret Playground has fabulous climbing structures, towers, slides and walkways.  

2. It has 30-foot long concrete slides, which are a big hit with kids! 

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3. The Koret Playground is believed to be the first public playground in America.

The concept of a dedicated play space for children in a public park was a ground-breaking idea when the Koret Playground first opened in 1888.

4. The old carousel is still there, and you can ride it for a small fee. 

The Herschel Spillman Carousel was built in 1914, and has 62 wood carved, menagerie animals in bright colors.

5. It's adjacent to the historic Sharon Building, home to a community arts center.

The historic Sharon Building was damaged in both the 1906 earthquake, and a 1974 fire, but is still standing today.  It was built in 1888, and originally served as a kiosk for families visiting the playground and carousel at the Golden Gate Park Children's Quarters.

Learn about other popular attractions at Golden Gate Park, including a botanical garden, Japanese garden, science museum for kids, art museum and more.

Know before you go

  • Picnic tables:  Reserve a picnic table adjacent to the Koret Playground at the red barn.
  • Address:  320 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, 94122.
  • Restrooms: yes.
  • Parking lot: yes.
  • Carousel cost: small fee.

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