Enjoying Leisurely Life at the Music Concourse in San Francisco, CA
Between the industrial-chic De Young Museum and the state-of-the-art Academy of Sciences, you stumble upon the Music Concourse, a peaceful, sunken, open-air plaza. Benches and statues of historical figures are scattered among pollarded trees with thick, curvy branches. Artists display their paintings near water fountains, creating a Parisian-park-like ambiance. At one end sits the Bandshell, where music performances, festivals, and even old-school techno gatherings have been held. Rows of benches face the stage, where skaters practice their tricks. Couples stroll the long, oval-shaped expanse, while young urban parents push strollers toward the Japanese Tea Garden, just seconds away. It's laid-back but lively here, as the site connects Golden Gate Park's most popular attractions; visitors always come and go, so it's a prime (and free) location for people watching, picnicking, appreciating the city's natural elements, or simply contemplating on your favorite bench.