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Aerial Pic Shows Golden Gate Park in San Francisco?

A vibrantly green oasis is seen sandwiched by an urban cityscape.

Published Dec 9, 2023

Image Via Screengrab/Reddit
An aerial photograph genuinely depicted Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.

A vibrantly green urban oasis stretching toward the Pacific Ocean is a scene depicted in a photograph shared to Reddit on Nov. 27, 2023, which claimed to show “Golden Gate Park in San Francisco”:

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
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Though Snopes could not determine the original source of the photograph above, our newsroom compared it to authentic visuals of Golden Gate Park. We have no reason to doubt the authenticity of its depiction and have therefore rated this claim as “True.”

An aerial view of the park hosted by Google Maps confirmed the location of several of the prominent features in the photograph shared to social media, including the large, green square, which is the Golden Gate Park Polo Field, and a water feature, known as Stow Lake, surrounding Strawberry Hill.

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A reverse-image search revealed that the Golden Gate Park Golf Course also hosted a nearly identical photograph taken from the same perspective. At over 1,000 acres, Golden Gate Park dates back to 1870. It’s estimated that an average of 25 million people have visited the park annually in the 21st century.


Discover Golden Gate Park | San Francisco Recreation and Parks, CA. https://sfrecpark.org/770/Golden-Gate-Park. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

ericgtr12. “Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.” R/Pics, 27 Nov. 2023, www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/185bmtx/golden_gate_park_in_san_francisco/.

Evon, Dan. “Snopes Tips: A Guide To Performing Reverse Image Searches.” Snopes, 22 Mar. 2022, https://www.snopes.com/articles/400681/how-to-perform-reverse-image-searches/.

“Golden Gate Park.” Golden Gate Park, https://www.google.com/maps/search/golden+gate+park/@37.7668077,-122.485592,3097m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4?entry=ttu. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Golden Gate Park Golf Course |. https://goldengateparkgolf.com/. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Google Lens. https://lens.google.com/search?ep=cnts&re=df&s=4&p=AbrfA8pl6vWr4W9n8B3cQ8Kmv3Zi_Ch8qZG3DzzExZKVDjkPVy3U0VP8YuNw2N19QTsVj9L9QXreJoCzTolDizkIQnTP2PCAjZmmkjhpGNNdFx8OHmAlZmyTCWaV0GhXyi56DAUDU5W1lY1YVJFxp161Ud3eFf6Tx7yYvC7Qlsm96b2fqcMIKiB-7iq8o3iyLX4MKmoWoU5i15tmcoK5Lp8C5oiyCixX3CeTtYikN1L_Fb02wJxn73sIvfv0_SBCS27E2itOZR6Z5LfHfBhYQDNJ0hprLKMe4Eh3zb1UiHfEZH7BC61aT6Ff1AxDsPNAJma8v3D_7JVDi9y7&st=1701666967593#lns=W251bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLG51bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLG51bGwsIkVrY0tKRFprTW1JME9UWTNMVGczTVRBdE5EUmxZaTFpT1RkaUxXSmhOVEV4WkRkak1qVTBaaElmUVMxbFZWWnJOa3hNYzJkbFNVVXhUR3gwZUVKVlRHOUpWRnAxUTNkU1p3PT0iXQ==. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

History of Golden Gate Park | San Francisco Recreation and Parks, CA. https://sfrecpark.org/1119/History-of-Golden-Gate-Park. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Madison Dapcevich is a freelance contributor for Snopes.