California Street between Mason and Taylor
With swings, as with many things in San Francisco, you have to hit the upscale neighborhoods to find quality. Surrounded by the stately Grace Cathedral, the stately Union Pacific Club, and the stately (are we being clear here?) Huntington Hotel, Huntington Park has long been a quaint and grassy spot for local dog walkers to commiserate — and for fanny-packed tourists to catch their breath after climbing up Nob Hill. But for kids — and for the old romantics who enjoy childish antics (and cheap après-date nightcaps) — the swings on the park's northwest corner are in excellent repair and offer a lovely view of Nob Hill's Town Car glory. On a starry night, when the well-dressed spill out of a Masonic Auditorium jazz show and make their way to the Top of the Mark, it's a great place to people-watch.