Ingleside is one of the neighborhoods on Lake Merced. It is also near San Francisco State University and the Stonestown Shopping Center, the only “suburban” shopping center in the city of San Francisco. Merced Manor is a small tract of modern condominiums and townhouses. Lakeside, despite its name, is not on the lake. This neighborhood is located behind San Francisco State University, and the homes have charming picket fences surrounding tidy rose gardens. Also in the District is Harding Park. Playgrounds, trails, lake access and a public golf course, deemed a “hidden gem” after its recent renovation, make Harding Park a favorite of San Franciscans.
The ethnic and racial diversity of the large multicultural and multilingual public school system is viewed very positively, readying students for diversity in the “real world.” The University of California, San Francisco is a top health and science institution. San Francisco State University is a top school for applied research studies. The Academy of Art College is the largest fully accredited private school of art and design in the nation. The arts are important to San Francisco residents. Murals decorate the Mission District and museums are everywhere, housing a vast range of objects. The Cartoon Art Museum features comic books, animated movies and sculpture. The Ansel Adams Center for Photography displays the artist’s works in changing exhibits. The Cable Car Museum is the home of the city’s first cable car, built in 1873. The underground viewing room displays how cable cars work. The Pacific Heritage Museum showcases the cultures of people living all round the Pacific Ocean. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park features a bayside recreation area called Aquatic Park. The Maritime Museum chronicles the history of water transportation from 1800 in models, artifacts and photographs. The Telephone Pioneer Communications Museum contains antique telephones along with switchboards, photographs and memorabilia. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is housed in a modern building designed by Mario Botta. The museum houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art. The Mission San Francisco de Asis was built in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra. The original redwood timbers still stand, lashed together by leather strips. A museum at the mission contains old manuscripts and relics of bygone days.
Golden Gate Park was designed by Scottish landscape gardener John McLaren. A dozen lakes, plant material from all over the world, and trails are just some of the things to see at the park. A bison paddock, Dutch windmill, playing fields, tennis courts, a polo stadium and equestrian center, golf course and music concourse offer something for everyone. Golden Gate Park is a great place to watch the sun set, the famous fog roll in, and the Golden Gate and Bay bridges light up. Experience the cultural riches of the city by visiting Chinatown and the Japan Center. Shopping highlights include Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Plaza, Pier 39, Jackson Square, and Ghirardelli Square.
Professional sports teams in the Bay Area include the National League Giants, the American League Oakland A’s, the National Football League San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, the NBA Golden State Warriors, and the National Hockey League San Jose Sharks.
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