Mission Dolores contains many historic homes and buildings, some with brick construction. Many are painted light or bright colors and are well maintained and attractive. The neighborhood is named for the Mission Dolores Basilica built in 1776. Featuring unique architecture, it is the oldest intact structure in the City of San Francisco. There are 34 structures including churches, schools, and commercial buildings in the neighborhood that are designated historic buildings and lend beauty and original architecture to the community.
Mission Dolores Park is a picturesque park consisting of a large open area on a hillside with some trees on the edges and a paved pedestrian path running through it. The area to the south is a large hillside and the park has a prominent slope that provides a view of downtown San Francisco. Recreational facilities like tennis courts, a basketball court, soccer field, and playground area are located here. There is a dog play area where dogs are allowed off-leash.
A few blocks to the west, Buena Vista Park and Corona Heights Park are also easily accessible to Mission Dolores canines. Buena Vista Park is 37 acres and located on a steep hill with views of the surrounding San Francisco neighborhoods. Park goers will need to be prepared for some steep hikes to navigate the park. Corona Heights Park is also located on a hill and is more open than Buena Vista Park which is heavily treed.