The Japanese Tea Garden created by Makoto Hagiwara, a wealthy Japanese
5 ★★ = Japanese Tea Gar-
den. This pristine garden features
koi ponds, Japanese maples, and
bonsai. Highlights include a 1790
bronze Buddha, a Shinto wooden
pagoda, a Zen Garden, and an out-
door teahouse. Kids love scaling
the Drum Bridge. @ 1 hour. Music
Concourse (at Tea Garden Drive, off
Concourse Drive near Martin Luther
King Jr Drive). y 415/752-4227.
Admission $3.50, $1.25 seniors
& kids 6-12, kids under 6 free.
Entrance free from 8:30-9am. Daily
8:30am-5pm; summer until 6pm.
6 MH de Young Museum.
In October 2005 the de Young
reopened in Golden Gate Park. The
museum features a superb collection
of art from Africa, Oceania, and the
Americas. Its controversial new
home, designed by architects Herzog
& de Meuron, includes a gleaming
copper facade and 84,000 square
feet of gallery space. @ 1 hour.
75 Tea Garden Dr. y 415/750-3600.
www.thinker.org/deyoung. Call for
hours and admission prices.
7 = Stow Lake. Tool around
this sublime man-made lake in a
boat. This is also where you can
come to rent a bike. Stow Lake Boat
House, 50 Stow Lake Dr. y 415/752-
0347. Rowboats $13/hr., pedal boats
$17/hr. 4 passengers/boat max.
Wheel Fun Rentals. y 415/668-6699.
Mountain bikes $8/hr., $20/4 hrs.,
$25/day; cruiser bikes $6/hr., $15/
4 hrs., $20/all day.
8 Buffalo Paddock. Drop by and
visit these enormous mammals,
descendents of the original creatures
brought here in 1891, when the park
also had elk, bears, and goats.
On John F. Kennedy Dr.
9 Dutch Windmill. This was
one of two windmills that pumped
water to a reservoir on Strawberry
Hill in the middle of the park. Great
Hwy. & Fulton St.
0 Beach Chalet. The food here is
secondary to the stunning ocean
view. If you aren't hungry, hang at
the bar area to grab hot cocoa or
perhaps a house-made beer (brewed
on site!). I recommend their sampler
rack—six mini-mugs of their brews
served in a tiny Lazy Susan. 1000
Great Hwy. (between Fulton & Lincoln
Way). y 415/386-8439. www.beach