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Hidden Treasures of Golden Gate Park: Self-Guided Walking Tour

A local storyteller leads you on a fascinating walking tour that plays out as a game. Follow the tour’s clues as you visit Golden Gate Park’s attractions and unravel the mystery.

Guided walking tour by local storytellers
HIdden clues to unravel the mysteries of Golden Gate Park
Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
Visit top attractions like the de Young Museum, AIDS Memorial Grove and Japanese Tea Garden
Explore hidden gems like the Shakespeare Garden, WWI Gold Star Mothers Stone and Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden
Meals or beverages

After completing this walking tour, you’ll be amazed by what you’ve discovered about one of the best urban parks in the world.

Larger than New York’s Central Park, Golden Gate Park is a cultural hotspot with attractions like the de Young museum, California Academy of Sciences, Botanical Gardens and sunny picnic areas. It is also home to many lesser known features, tucked away in forested corners of the park.

This quest takes you to experience ten spots woven into a mystery from 1962. In the story, you take on the persona of a hardened criminal who has just escaped from Alcatraz Prison. While everyone presumed you drowned, you managed to make it to shore and into Golden Gate Park.

In the park, you find that the pieces of your escape plan have been hidden by an accomplice. You must solve the clues to find the critical information and tools that will help you escape the city forever.

On the roughly one mile walking tour, you’ll visit the following sites:

  • Cervantes, Juniper Serra and Verdi memorial statues
  • WW1 Gold Star Mothers Stone
  • Shakespeare and Rose gardens
  • National AIDS Memorial Grove
  • de Young Museum
  • Japanese Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park is a not-to-be-missed open space in the heart of San Francisco. Solving this Questo mystery is the most entertaining way to see and explore attractions that you might not have discovered on your own. Leave time to explore the park’s many museums after you finish this self-guided walking tour.


Take this self-guided walking tour at your own pace, using your phone as your guide. Golden Gate Park is most enjoyable from mid-morning through late afternoon when it’s not rainy.

Important Information
Where is the starting point?

The tour begins at the 8th Street (and Fulton) entrance to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

How long is this tour?

Approximately 90 minutes or longer with pauses to explore the museums, open spaces and attractions in Golden Gate Park.

Is the route hilly?

San Francisco is full of great hills but this area is relatively flat for the entire 2.5 mile path.

What is weather like in San Francisco?

LIke much of the California coast, San Francisco has a temperate climate with highs between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (12 to 24 Celsius) all year around. Winter storms, however, can make it feel much colder, so visitors should dress in layers and bring a warm rain jacket.

Once I start the tour, can I pause it?

Yes. Simply hit pause on the tour and do what you’d like. Hit play when you return, even the next day if needed.

What time do the museums in nearby Golden Gate Park close?

Most museums in Golden Gate park close at 5:00 pm.

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends next to the Japanese Tea Garden.

How many miles of walking does this tour require?

You’ll walk about 2.5 miles on this tour.

What should I bring?

Remember to bring your own headphones. Please charge your phone as well.

Where is the closest parking to the starting point?

There is free street parking along Fulton Street. There is also a parking garage at 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco.

Hidden Treasures of Golden Gate Park: Self-Guided Walking Tour
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