Easter Sunday morning dawned gray and rainy, but that didn't stop the Easter Bunny from visiting the M Lounge at the Marriott Marquis during breakfast. We knew the lounge would be very busy during breakfast hours (6:30-9:30), but they were prepared with extra tables set up in the atrium adjacent to the lounge. It was easy for us to get there early since we were still waking up on central standard time.
We had considered several activities including going to the Giants-Rockies game, viewing the Cherry Blossom Grand Parade in Japantown, or visiting Golden Gate Park. Since the weather was not the best for watching a baseball game (and not knowing if the game would even be played) or watching a parade, we decided on taking the bus to Golden Gate Park. When we got there, we found a bike rental kiosk set up and decided to rent bikes. We ride in the rain at home when we get caught in it , but at this time it was more of a heavy dew than rain so we started in it. We had planned on riding around the park and ending up at the ocean, but the rain picked up and it was windy, so we limited our stops.
Our first stop was the Conservatory of Flowers. Admission was $7. A visit to the butterfly garden was included in the price. The building itself is beautiful. It was built in 1878 an is topped with a 14-ton glass dome.
Our next stop was the tower at the de Young Museum. There was not an admission charge for the tower. By then it had gotten foggy, but the views were still impressive.
Our next stop was The Japanese Tea Garden. Admission was $7.
These ladies, dressed as anime characters, were filming a video.
We decided we would have to continue our visit to Golden Gate Park on another day, so we returned our bikes at the bike rental shop on Haight Street.
Even though the weather was not ideal, we had a good time. When we return to San Francisco, we will continue our journey through the park.
We walked a few blocks on Haight Street, famous for the influx of hippies in the the early 1960's before catching the bus back to the hotel.