Located in Nob Hill, Huntington Park is a great place to meditate. The spacious, 1.3-acre park offers plenty of areas to choose from, whether it’s one of the many benches, a place near the grand water fountain, or just lying back on the grass. Huntington Park opens at 6am, making it a perfect place for the early meditating practitioner. The park is surrounded by the Grace Cathedral, the Fairmont Hotel, and the Mark Hopkins Hotel, making the view for meditative walkers or open-eye practitioners worth the visit.
California Street and Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 695 5003
Kadampa Meditation Center
Kadampa Meditation Center offers a variety of meditation classes for everyone from beginners to aspiring meditation teachers. Although this is a Buddhist center, there’s no need to be a practicing Buddhist to meditate here. The atmosphere is warm and inviting to everyone who walks in. Small fees are asked from class attendees; drop-ins are welcome. This beautiful temple also offers retreats and other events throughout the year. Kadampa Meditation Center is truly an oasis in busy San Francisco.
3324 17th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 503 1187
Shakespeare Garden is a garden filled with flower species that have actually been mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. This garden is tucked beside The Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, a quick little stroll off of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Surrounded by tall trees and other greenery, the many available benches in the garden offer the illusion of detachment from the city. Shakespeare Garden is truly a perfect little getaway each meditator in San Francisco should visit.
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 831 2700
San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco Zen Center was established in the sixties by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, also known as the author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, a spiritual classic. Both a meditation practice and retreat center, San Francisco Zen Center welcomes any and all types of people, from committed meditation practitioners to one-time visitors. There’s also a bookstore located in the center for anyone who wishes to take home any meditation or philosophy books.
300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 863 3136
Rainbow Falls, which can be spotted along John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park, offers more than one area to sit and meditate. Take a short hike up to Prayerbook Cross and you’ll find yourself a perch right on top of the falls. Another option is a walk along the pond at the bottom of Rainbow Falls, where you’ll find a rock on which to sit and reflect. The noise of the falls creates a calming rhythm. Rainbow Falls carries such a tranquil atmosphere, it’s hard to believe the falls are right out in the open.