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Conservatory of Flowers

Address: John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
Phone Number: 415-831-2090
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Ranked #37 of 330 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The oldest existing building in Golden Gate Park, this Victorian-era...
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Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We came in and the lady at the entrance said that there was a tour inside and we can join. We weren't sure if we wanted to stand and listen, but we were captivated. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and you could see that she loves what she does. I never figured that standing and watching plants can be... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A great place to spend 30 to 45 minutes if your spending part of the day in the Golden Gate Oak area. Lots of beautiful flowers and unique plants.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I had a couple of hours after missing my flight, so I made a round trip from the airport to go check out the underwater gardening (Aquascapes) exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers. Given that one way transit took me somewhere between 1 and 1.5 hours, the <1 hour I spent at the Flower Conservatory seems a bit not-worth-it, but... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It is always great to visit the conservatory, especially on a cold winter day. Lots of great orchids in the warm, humid rooms. The only downside was the temporary exhibit, Aquascapes, which was merely some aquariums, same size, shape, etc. as you'd see in someone's house.

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

So glad to hear about your visit. And, yes, it is nice and warm inside the tropical jungle. The orchids are looking fabulous! The Conservatory is a great place to visit on these chilly winter days. I'm really sorry to hear that you weren't thrilled with our Aquascape exhibit. An aquascape is an ecosystem in which every living and non-living... More 

Buckhead, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

You'll never see so many gorgeous orchids and flowers in one place! From 3' Dracula Orchids to little Parrot Impatiens, you'll be astounded at every bend of the planters. The Hibiscus are gorgeous, too. Go slowly and soak it all in. The Conservatory is outstanding. I went on a cloudy, cool December day. The building was comfortable for this Georgia... More 

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

Glad to hear a Georgia girl was in SF for a visit - I'm a southerner who now calls CA home. Thank you for your lovely comments about the Conservatory. We do have a fabulous variety of orchids in bloom right now and they like being nice and warm inside our tropical jungle. I really like your phrase, "at every... More 

Goleta
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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 

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