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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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Ranked #45 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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San Diego
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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
61 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We paid $8 pp to enter the conservatory and are very pleased we went in. We had fun taking cool flower photos, and saw some interesting stuff! Really hot inside so you can't last too long. Well worth viewing.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by. You're so right, it is warm inside - perfect for a foggy day in the park - or any day you're looking to visit the tropics! We're always happy to see visitors photographing some of our exotic plants to help remember their visit to the historic Conservatory of Flowers. Be sure to check in... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The docent tour with Susan was EXCELLENT. I arrived about 30-45 minutes before the 12:30pm tour, so I walked around taking photos. It was nice enough -- looked like there was a wide variety of plants, but not too terribly exciting. BUT then I learned SO MUCH on the free tour and appreciated the knowledge about all the plants and... More

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

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and some great photographs. Our docents are always delighted to learn that their tours have helped visitors enjoy their experience in the historic Conservatory. With over 1700 plant species tucked into our five galleries, it's nice to have an experienced guide leading the way, pointing out special plants in the collection and answering... More

Stanton, California
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I'm glad we came to visit here my daughter, husband and I walked around the garden got to take beautiful pictures of different flowers and enjoyed the calmness we felt after a long hectic tour day.

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