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Conservatory of Flowers

John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
415-831-2090
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$58*
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85%
Ranked #37 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner 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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Goleta
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

If you love flora, this is the place to visit in San Francisco. The specimens are well maintained and labeled. The variations are amazing. Its a great picture spot. The admission fee is reasonable. The history of the building itself is fascinating. I would not take young children here as the botanical exhibits are fragile.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

The conservatory was smaller than expected and very warm (do not wear warm clothing or you will end up dripping in sweat). However it was packed with unique and exotic flowers and plants, as well as every day variety. It was a great experience for the adults and educational for the kids who were busy finding all the plants and... More

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

I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the tropical jungle - indoors in Golden Gate Park! And yes, it is warm in here - a great place to escape the San Francisco fog. The children's game you mentioned was created in conjunction with the "Let's Move" Museum initiative. The map helps children learn about how healthy food... More

Newquay, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We visited as the wedding reception we were invited to was being held here. Spent a lovely evening of sipping sangria ,looking at exotic flowers/plants and talking to a very informative guide .I will now have to visit Kew gardens which its design was based on. A magical venue .

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

Thanks so much for sharing your experience at the Conservatory. It's wonderful that you traveled so far for a wedding here in beautiful San Francisco. We do believe that weddings here at the Conservatory are magical! It's nice for the guests to have an opportunity to stroll through the tropical jungle while the bridal party is having their photo session.... More

San Diego
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We began our visit to the Park with a visit here. Not a "wow" experience, but a good beginning. The five-rooms of plants are thoughtfully displayed, balancing the "chaos" of a rain forest (and its "explosions" of natural growth) with a carefully arranged presentation. I enjoyed the room with the fragrant tropical flowers. My princess sat on a bench, and... More

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Casper, Wyoming
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

we spent 5 to get in. It was 85 degrees and 65 on the humidity. Spent about an hour taking pictures of every flower and interesting plant I could find.

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

Thanks so much for visiting the Conservatory. I really like your subject line! There are a number of photographers who strongly agree with you and are here every week capturing what's new in bloom. We would love for you to share some of your photos along with your comments on TripAdvisor. Jane Scurich Director of Administration and Development More

Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We used our San Fransisco Go Card to visit. The current display was caniverous plants. My poor camera kept fogging up due to the high humidity in some areas. There are some beautiful and unusual plants and flowers. I took loads of photos. It was educational and very well presented.

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

Thank you so much for coming half way around the world to visit the historic Conservatory of Flowers! So glad that you had the opportunity to visit CHOMP! We're feeling really sad that this is the last week for this carnivorous plant special exhibit although we always have an extensive collection of nepenthes in our permanent collections. Enjoy your travels,... More

Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Lots of interesting plants I have never seen before. Not a terribly big place, but lots packed in the building/greenhouse. The exhibit when I was there was on carnivorous plants. Inexpensive ($8) and well worth the visit.

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

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your experience. We do feature about 1700 plant species so I'm not surprised to learn that there were some you had not seen before. I hope you found a few new favorites. Jane Scurich Director of Development and Administration More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
61 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Cheap to access, for plant enthusiasts this is the place to be. Great displays of orchids and carnivorous plants. My camera worked overtime in here! Photo opportunities galore! Our visit was on a hot, sunny day- imagine it must be wonderful to visit on cooler days!

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

Thanks so much for your review. You were here on one of the warmest days of the year and our tropical jungle was definitely steamy. You're so right - the Conservatory is a great warm place to visit when San Francisco's fog rolls in. I hope that you will enjoy viewing your photos and remembering your visit. Come see us... More

Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
44 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited the Golden Gate park a second day . The conservatory of Flowers is a beautiful place to visit and spend an hour or two enjoying the plants and their location. The park is great to visit to get away from the busy city and the no. 5 bus will leave you at the gate. Get off at 8th... More

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

Thank you so much for sharing your experience at the historic Conservatory of Flowers. I'm delighted you found your way to Golden Gate Park for a relaxing visit. Be sure to stop by next time you're in town! Jane Scurich Director of Development and Administration More

British Columbia, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Great variety of plants to see in this oasis of calm. As mentioned above, the Carnivorous plant exhibit was quite interesting and would make an otherwise static exhibit quite interesting for little ones.

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

Thanks so much for visiting with us. So glad you had the opportunity to experience CHOMP! We're kind of sad around here as this exhibit closes on October 19 and we have to say goodby to many of the delightful carnivorous plants that have been featured since April. Be sure to visit next time you're in town and enjoy another... More

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