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Conservatory of Flowers

John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
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Ranked #56 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: The oldest existing building in Golden Gate Park, this Victorian-era greenhouse showcases a wide variety of tropical and seasonal flowers.
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Anchorage, Alaska
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This wouldn't have been on my list of places to visit in San Francisco but for the behest of another family member. I've seen photos of the greenhouse for many years and it is iconically beautiful on the outside. Situated behind some lovely flower beds and next too a gorgeous dahlia garden, the conservatory houses a mini-tropical rainforest and even... More

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This gracious old glasshouse is chock full of glorious warm-climate plants. Browse nature's strange splendours in this hot house. We loved the temporary exhibition of carnivorous plants. And we loved the volunteer who sold tickets at the door who was as colourful and exotic as the plants in the greenhouse!

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Mexico City, Mexico
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We spend a while there and the place is just lovely, both inside and out. We got to see the "Chomp" exhibit, which features meat-eating plants, and the permanent "collection" with tons of lovely plants and flowers. The location is great since it's at the entrance of the Golden Gate Park which is beautiful. Consider that it gets very hot... More

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Inverell, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We got to see the Carnivorous plants exhibit which was very cool but my favourites would have to be the orchids, oh my gosh so beautiful and so many colours! I love the separation of eco systems as well. Bonus was that it was a bit windy outside but inside it was just beautiful! Only a very small fee to... More

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Jane S, Manager at Conservatory of Flowers, responded to this review

I'm delighted to learn that you enjoyed our Victorian greenhouse! Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community. Jane Scurich Director of Development and Administration More

Chelsea, vtrmont, USA
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The carnivorous plant exhibit was really neat. The conservatory itself is beautiful Victorian and worth a walk through. Made us appreciate the cooler weather outside afterwards!

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113 reviews 113 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Beautiful flowers and plants in a gorgeous park. The flowers on the front of the conservatory are stunning. Inside the conservatory there are an array of plants and flowers. My favorite are the orchids. Really beautiful.

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San Francisco, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This building grabs your attention right when you enter Golden Gate Park. It looks like a huge bright white palace, set up on a hill and surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and palm trees. Inside, this historic Victorian greenhouse is full of rare orchids and tropical plants from around the world. Right now they have a special exhibit of carnivorous... More

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Lafayette, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you enjoy gardens or flowers or nature, you need to visit the conservatory. Its a gorgeous sight. Don't forget your camera.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Stunning mini version of Kew Gardens (England) - an amazing lady on the door was so enthusiastic, the hothouses are full of beautiful specimens - a photographer's delight! Plenty to see and wonder at.

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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We came across this as we strolled though the park and it is well worth the small entrance fee. So many beautiful plants in attractive landscaping. And what a surprise at the end, to see a small pond in the gift shop with two live turtles swimming around!

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