San Francisco Botanical Garden

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Welcome to San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the most diverse gardens in the world. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world.
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,895 contributions
Couples
A unique area within Golden Gate Park offering both landscaped & open spaces garden with 8000 plants from around the world.
The unique climate of San Francisco allows plants from all over globe to grow & conserve .
The main attractions are Australian , Chile, New Zealand , California native, South African, Temperate Asia etc.
Ancient plant , Fragrance & Celebrations gardens are special.
Visiting hrs : 7.30 am to 5.00pm
Admission fees : Nominal
Free for SF residents & veterans
Written July 18, 2022
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GitchSup
Duluth, MN1,247 contributions
Because we are a member of the American Horticultural Society many of the entry fees for gardens and such are waved so we decided to check this one out since we were near the Palace of Fine Arts. I was not expecting it to have as many diverse areas with paths that meander through the park. It was absolutely stunning and well worth our time, even if we would have paid an entrance fee. There was a lot of wildlife as well as quite a few plants we had never seen, including some new to us species of Calla Lilies. The paths are dotted with places to sit and it's really peaceful for being so close to the city, we spent quite a bit longer than we planned because we enjoyed it so much.
Written June 4, 2022
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Ruhungrytientien
San Francisco, CA25 contributions
Solo
I went to San Francisco botanical garden 7 times. Today it make my 8th time. Although it has light drizzle. It was so wonderful to come the garden again. I felt was in Brazil’s rain Forest. In 55 acres, you will see over 8000 different plants. And they are from all over the world. The tall great iconic tree in the front. And great pond towards the back and water fountain in the middle. I also saw teacher conducting class with young students in the park. The ducklings, geese, and birds are all friendly when I got near them, they don’t fly away and kept eating their food. They call this a interactive garden, I say they are right on. 1 minute you are in Asian garden, the next you wound up in Africa, and New Zealand.

I love this garden rain or shine. It located in the Golden Gate Park, a few steps from Lincoln Ave. you can take bus 7 or N train to get here. Walk is on only 5 to 7 minutes. And there is plenty of place to eat or snacking. It is only a couple blocks away from northern Sunset neighborhood.

Daily, if you can come between 7:30 to 9 am it is free. So what guy are waiting for. Early bird will get the worms. This botanical is a must see even if you pay fir the $13 admission for weekend and $10 during weekday. It’s totally worth it.

ruhungrytientien
Written November 20, 2021
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bg564
Windhoek, Namibia807 contributions
First time I've been to the Botanical Garden. Very well organized and amazing diversity. We went mid week so it wasn't so crowded and check to see times when there is no entry fee, we arrived too late for free entry unfortunately. Must see in SF.
Written May 11, 2022
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Bethany A
Milwaukee, WI7 contributions
Couples
We went in February which only the magnolias were in bloom. It’s a great spot to relax and walk around with some calm space. I wouldn’t recommend going in February if you like taking photographs of plants/flowers or even seeing flowers for that matter.
Written February 27, 2020
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Mister Ex
3 contributions
Hard to believe there is such a beautiful garden smack-dab in the middle of a big city! I visited in mid-spring and the flowers were in full bloom. The garden is organised by country/region where the vegetation is found or native to but the signs are extremely confusing. The map is not to scale either! These are some improvements the management could make.
Written May 27, 2022
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Gagan_Gupta_1975
Macau, China654 contributions
This will be on of the stops in your Tour or Hop on Hop off bus. Keep about an hour to explore all the things in and around the garden.
Starting with SFO Public Library, The Garden and the Academy of Science all can be explored here. Picture perfect places all around.
Written May 6, 2020
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LHS329
Satellite Beach, FL312 contributions
This is a beautiful botanical garden. It is separated into different zones, all of them different and inspiring. We spent about two hours wandering the paths, enjoying this peaceful environment. The paths are nothing more than gentle slopes and all re paved. So, it's safe for all ages and abilities. Bring a picnic and a blanket, leash up your furry best friend and have a terrific day.
Written February 9, 2022
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Pattpro
Virginia200 contributions
Friends
This garden inside the Golden Gate Park is huge. You will need several hours to see it all. The park is divided into geographic regions and they are all interesting. We particularly enjoyed the Ancient Plants.
Written March 3, 2020
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AndrzejK0725
Winnipeg, Canada1,030 contributions
Solo
It is not a Kew in London or Royal Gardens in Burlington ON
You can easily save $7.00 per person if you don’t go and rather visit rest of Golden Gate Park with for example nice AIDS memorial park on the grounds and for free...
I would rather recommend to see newly opened recreation area on top of Transit Center if you like unique vegetation and it is for free...
Written September 2, 2019
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