Salesforce Park: Free Gondola Ride and Play Area - 510 Families
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Salesforce Park: Free Gondola Ride and Play Area

Given how expensive most Bay Area attractions have become, I was absolutely stunned to learn that an outing to San Francisco’s Salesforce Park, including a ride in the glass gondola, is free. Located at Mission and Fremont Streets, at the base of the future Transit Center, the gondola operates from 8 am to 8 pm and there is no ticketing required. Website for updated hours and details >>

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Find the Salesforce gondola at the corner of Fremont and Mission and ride it up to the rooftop | Photo: J. Currier

The short ride takes guests up to Salesforce Park, a beautifully landscaped rooftop garden with a strolling path, multiple play structures, access to restrooms, and abundant seating areas. The entire park sits a couple of stories above street level.

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Salesforce Park walking path | Photo: Kat Choi
Salesforce Park Playground
Children’s Playground at Salesforce Park | Photo: Whitney Moss

Community activities are on a schedule, including family-centric programming, such as drum circles and storytimes.

Salesforce Park Children's Book Cart
Salesforce Park is like an open-air library where you can settle in with a book | Photo: Whitney Moss

Several of our contributors have taken their children on this outing, where the only expense is either your BART fare or parking. One reader said, “Taking a double-decker Transbay bus and then going to this park has been the highlight of my 2-year old’s life.” Add Salesforce Park to your bucket list!

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Exploring Salesforce Park, “floating utopia.” | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Tips for Visiting Salesforce Park in San Francisco

  • Be clear: the park is on top of the Salesforce Transit Center, not in or on the skyscraping Salesforce Tower.
  • If you take BART, you’ll exit at Embarcadero and then take a five-minute walk to the corner of Fremont and Mission.
  • If you take a bus, you can get off right at the Transit Center. Find your way to the top to see the park!
  • Time your visit for toddler programming if you have little ones:
    • Toddler Tuesday: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • Toddler Thursday: Thursday, 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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