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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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    Kian L.
    "Truly one of the perks of being an SF resident"(23 Tips)
    Samantha B.
    "Local tip: residents of SF get free admission!"(9 Tips)
    WhiskeyAvenger
    "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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  • 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.
    Upvoted Apr 27
  • 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 Apr 28
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 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.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJuly 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Amanda T.heart icon on user image
    Amanda TaylorJanuary 28, 2023
    Been here 25+ times
    Free admission for SF residents with proof of address! A great place to relax with lots of space.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommySeptember 11, 2016
    Huge! Great place to bring visitors looking for a pleasant stroll. Free for SF residents, $8 for adults otherwise.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 16, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    A great place to quietly read and enjoy nature.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenJanuary 23, 2019
    Such beautiful flowers and spices grown here. Well worth the entrance fee.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Samantha B.heart icon on user image
    Samantha BergMay 16, 2017
    Local tip: residents of SF get free admission! Bring your ID
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧July 16, 2016
    Always beautiful and sometimes musical (during Flower Piano)
  • Alexandra O.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra OsipovaMay 15, 2019
    Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • 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
  • Eleanor R.heart icon on user image
    Eleanor RigbyJuly 10, 2017
    Really nice place to enjoy and perfect to take pictures.
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LOctober 23, 2014
    very peaceful place to relax or picnic♥ $7!!! to get in / SF residents(with proof) get in free.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Leering marsupial
    Leering marsupialJuly 25, 2014
    Check out the etchings exhibit at the library. The "Combine" and "A thousand feathers of blue..." are favorites.
  • 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. ;)
  • 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
  • Jenny K.heart icon on user image
    Jenny KJuly 25, 2015
    Redwood Grove and Fragrance Garden are both highlights. Impressively clean bathrooms, too!
  • Avaheart icon on user image
    AvaAugust 26, 2015
    could easily spend most of a day here, so beautiful on a sunny day
  • Lisa G.heart icon on user image
    Lisa GedertDecember 31, 2018
    Beautiful any time of year! Wonderful, knowledgable staff!
  • 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.
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengJanuary 2, 2018
    Absolutely beautiful garden and free on New Year’s 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!
  • 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....
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Helen Z.heart icon on user image
    Helen ZhangJune 10, 2016
    What's not to like about a big beautiful park with plants 🌲🌳🌿🌵🌷🌺🌸🌼
  • Ryan T.heart icon on user image
    Ryan TamaresJanuary 7, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Free admission on some holidays—double check with their website
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