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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing
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    Kian L.
    "Truly one of the perks of being an SF resident"(22 Tips)
    Samantha B.
    "Local tip: residents of SF get free admission!"(8 Tips)
    DadOnTheScene
    "Come here during Flower Piano and bring your favorite libations."(5 Tips)
    riley s.
    "... tons of variety! the redwood grove was amazing. I saw a ton of plants and..."(5 Tips)
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  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    For an especially zen break, check out the Japanese-inspired Moon Viewing Garden, located in the mild-temperate climate section of the garden’s northwest corner. Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Megan Allisonheart icon on user image
    Megan AllisonJanuary 16, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Free for SF residents but paid admission for everyone else, so it's one of the nicest uncrowded secret spots in Golden Gate Park. Great for picnics, dates and meditating.
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseJuly 9, 2018
    Free admission for SF Residents; they host the best event in all of SF : Flower Pianos, usually the weekend after the 4th of July.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • riley s.heart icon on user image
    riley starshipNovember 11, 2015
    beautiful, well-maintained garden with tons of variety! the redwood grove was amazing. I saw a ton of plants and flowers here that I'd never seen before.
  • DadOnTheSceneheart icon on user image
    DadOnTheSceneJuly 8, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Come here during Flower Piano and bring your favorite libations. Sipping whiskey from a flask while listening to beautifully played piano is wonderful.
  • DadOnTheSceneheart icon on user image
    DadOnTheSceneJune 27, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Attend the Flower Piano event. It is enriching to the soul to hear beautiful music surrounded by beautiful greenery.
  • Brad D.heart icon on user image
    Brad DJanuary 20, 2014
    I love this garden. It's my second one now since the Mendocino Coast Gardens and I love it, I don't think they have quite the same verity but I'd defiantly come back and plan on it!
  • Sravanti T.heart icon on user image
    Sravanti TekumallaJuly 9, 2018
    Love that it’s free for SF residents (bring a utilities bill if you don’t have a CA driver’s license). In July, be sure to check out Flower Piano, where there’s pianos all around the park :)
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.February 5, 2018
    Free for SF residents. I hadn't changed my ID since moving to the City but was able to show a bank statement I found on my phone for free admission!
  • Stephanie R.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 10, 2015
    Free admission daily from 7:30-9am and on the second Tuesday of every month. Great place for a romantic walk and picnic.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    The Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park is a great place to spend the afternoon with your parents. It is so beautiful and peaceful that you forget you're in the middle of a busy city.
  • DadOnTheSceneheart icon on user image
    DadOnTheSceneJune 27, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    You can make a day of walking and sitting in this park. It has plants from all over the world and fragrances that are heavenly.
  • Bommy C.heart icon on user image
    Bommy ChaSeptember 11, 2016
    Huge! Great place to bring visitors looking for a pleasant stroll. Free for SF residents, $8 for adults otherwise.
  • Shirin J.heart icon on user image
    Shirin JafariApril 26, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    A secret getaway. Bamboos. Flowers. Beautiful flowers. Scents. Sun. Reading books while lying on the grass. If you're interested in any of that, you should go! Free for SF residents :)
  • Amy L.heart icon on user image
    Amy Le RoiAugust 1, 2014
    It is SO beautiful here! I originally came here at the suggestion of my acting teacher, and I absolutely fell in love with this place. I need to come back when the seasons change.
  • Nespresso USA
    Nespresso USADecember 10, 2012
    The 55-acre garden is ideal for a beautiful San Francisco day. Grab your favorite book and head to the Great Meadow for a relaxing outdoor experience!
  • Nespresso USA
    Nespresso USADecember 10, 2012
    The 55-acre garden is ideal for a beautiful San Francisco day. Grab your favorite book and head to the Great Meadow for a relaxing outdoor experience!
  • Jacob H.heart icon on user image
    Jacob HerbstOctober 6, 2015
    Great park/garden, shame about the $8 fee... We went on a sunny saturday afternoon in October and there were probably not more than 10 people in the entire park.
  • DadOnTheSceneheart icon on user image
    DadOnTheSceneJune 16, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    A great place to quietly read and enjoy nature.
  • Spare the Air a.
    Ask about the free daily docent-led guided walks of the gardens! Walking is a great way to improve your health.
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda MarchettiMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The magnolias on spring are stunning and the Fragrance Garden is definitely worth a wander! You're allowed to touch and smell everything there.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenJanuary 23, 2019
    Such beautiful flowers and spices grown here. Well worth the entrance fee.
  • Steep B.heart icon on user image
    Steep BeachOctober 2, 2016
    Perfect place to spend a Sunday. Bring a blanket, the lawns are studded with goose poops.
  • Ellie K.heart icon on user image
    Ellie KravetsFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Located just steps from public transport & close by nice dining spots. Great place to relax & unwind.
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LOctober 23, 2014
    very peaceful place to relax or picnic♥ $7!!! to get in / SF residents(with proof) get in free.
  • Samantha B.heart icon on user image
    Samantha BergMay 16, 2017
    Local tip: residents of SF get free admission! Bring your ID
  • Saliemheart icon on user image
    SaliemJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the library. It's a small place but has interesting south east Asian sculptures sprinkled on the shelves
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 25, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST PLACE TO STOP & SMELL THE LAVENDeROne of Golden Gate Park's most attractive & aromatic little nooks... Read more
  • Alexandra O.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra OsipovaMay 15, 2019
    Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Eleanor R.heart icon on user image
    Eleanor RigbyJuly 10, 2017
    Really nice place to enjoy and perfect to take pictures.
  • Readiness K.heart icon on user image
    Readiness KFebruary 19, 2019
    Keep your receipt if you aren’t an SF resident - you can re-enter all day
  • Samantha E.
    Samantha ErinFebruary 12, 2013
    The botanical gardens are gorgeous, wish I was able to visit in the spring... But at least I made a friend....
  • Jenny K.heart icon on user image
    Jenny KJuly 25, 2015
    Redwood Grove and Fragrance Garden are both highlights. Impressively clean bathrooms, too!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧July 16, 2016
    Always beautiful and sometimes musical (during Flower Piano)
  • Carly S.heart icon on user image
    Carly SJanuary 7, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Prove you're a SF resident (they'll accept your lease on your phone) for free entry!
  • Laura S.heart icon on user image
    Laura ShumNovember 9, 2015
    55 acres.. You could spend a whole day here. Check out the garden of fragrance!
  • Avaheart icon on user image
    AvaAugust 26, 2015
    could easily spend most of a day here, so beautiful on a sunny day
  • David R.
    David ReimanAugust 10, 2013
    Free for SF residents, and if you're here during Outside Lands, you can hear the music off in the distance!
  • Vivek N.heart icon on user image
    Vivek NairJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Lots of hidden sunny benches. Also free if you're a SF resident.
  • Leering marsupial
    Leering marsupialJuly 25, 2014
    Check out the etchings exhibit at the library. The "Combine" and "A thousand feathers of blue..." are favorites.
  • Chamin M.
    Chamin MillsMarch 16, 2010
    Check out Pacific Catch Restaurant- 2 minute walk, lunch and dinner, full bar, fresh seafood, family friendly, full bar with happy hour 4-6 M-F. Read more
  • Athena
    AthenaSeptember 16, 2013
    If u can prove that ur an sf resident it's free. If not, it's 7. Only "service" dogs allowed. My french bulldog was a "service" dog. Obviously. ;)
  • Amy B.heart icon on user image
    Amy BFebruary 8, 2016
    Free for SF residents. If you don't have ID they accept an email receipt from a shipment or delivery.
  • Kian L.heart icon on user image
    Kian LaviSeptember 3, 2019
    Truly one of the perks of being an SF resident: free entry to this lovely garden.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 7, 2010
    Kids and their clans can listen to stories with a gardening theme & take a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens at 10:30am on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of most months. Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Carlos A.heart icon on user image
    Carlos AndradeAugust 16, 2015
    Redwood Grove makes you forget you are still in the city
  • Lisa G.heart icon on user image
    Lisa GedertDecember 31, 2018
    Beautiful any time of year! Wonderful, knowledgable staff!
  • John C.
    John CoxonSeptember 12, 2012
    If you're a student from a British university flashing your uni ID card is enough to get you the $5 student ticket price!
  • Michael Y.heart icon on user image
    Michael YshanghaiMarch 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Wonderful SF morning in the Botanical garden
  • Helen Z.heart icon on user image
    Helen ZhangJune 10, 2016
    What's not to like about a big beautiful park with plants 🌲🌳🌿🌵🌷🌺🌸🌼
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