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“Relaxing Place in the Heart of the City”

San Francisco Botanical Garden
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Ranked #37 of 546 things to do in San Francisco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Relaxing Place in the Heart of the City”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

At first we were not going to go here, but while we were visiting the Japanese tea garden, we stopped in. It has a fee to get in, but I think the price was fair.

Everything has a label and there are so many different plants to see...and to smell! They have about 10 different sections to the gardens. The sections I remember are the Asian, fragrance, ancient, and Australian. I spent about 30 minutes wandering in the Asian gardens. It was delightful and very relaxing!

This place is great to relax, have a picnic lunch, and see all different types of plants and trees. I wasn't expecting as much as they had; it is a huge area!

Visited April 2014
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Redding, California
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Tropical paradise”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

I've been by this building before and was in awe of its architecture but it was closed every time. That did not stop me from enjoying the immense flower gardens outside. My husband and finally planned a trip around attractions we hadn't seen yet and this was top of the list!!! We arrived and were escorted into a humid paradise of plants and flowered from around the world:) I got to enjoy water features, ponds, and the butterfly exhibit is not to be missed. We loved reading about all the different flowers and plants origin and history. We tagged in on a tour in progress and learned a few unique things about a sculpture in place. We will go back for sure.

Visited February 2014
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Eugene, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Very Nice and Very Big”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a very large garden. The map is a bit difficult to follow and it takes time to get to the different areas. I would only go here if you truly LOVE gardening.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Ana V
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Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Set aside a whole day for this place”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

One of the best botanical gardens I have ever been to see. It's unbelievably huge and very cheap for the amount of time you will end up spending there. There are hundreds (thousands?) of different plants to be seen at this place. Give yourself a lot of time.

Visited March 2014
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utah, USA
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2014

For only $7 we got to wander through this big park of well kept nature. It was perfect for a leisurely stroll and we really enjoyed it.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Danielle C
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