San Francisco Botanical Garden

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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  • GitchSup
    Duluth, Minnesota1,469 contributions
    There is a lot to see here
    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.
    Visited May 2022
    Written 4 June 2022
  • Arun K
    Nagpur District, India2,933 contributions
    Most Diverse Garden In The World
    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
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2022
  • Ruhungrytientien
    San Francisco, California25 contributions
    Splendid! Travel around world in this 55 acres garden
    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
    Visited November 2021
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2021
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Keith O
Swindon, UK17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The botanical gardens are lovely and a peaceful place to spend a couple of hours. There are a variety of themed gardens and each one is clearly labelled.
Written 25 September 2023
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ken
Rancho Cucamonga, CA8 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
In the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is the beautiful Botanical Garden. A variety of plant species and nature walks await. Right in the middle of the large city is this special place to relax.
Written 11 July 2023
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bobattheeagles
Lincoln, UK218 contributions
Jul 2023
We took the grandchildren here and it is a wonderful place to visit away from the traffic and noise of the city. well worth a visit.
Written 6 July 2023
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Nathan Box
Seattle, WA20 contributions
Aug 2022
I am an amateur photographer but it is one of my favorite hobbies in the world. On this trip, I wanted to avoid shooting the Golden Gate Bridge or the city skyline again. Perhaps it is because I am my mother’s child, but I love shooting flowers and gardens in particular. On this trip, I selected the SF Botanical Garden and Japanese Tea Garden as an opportunity to spend some quality time outside, see a different side of the city, and snap some photos. As we walked through the gardens, the stillness of the space blew me away. It felt serene, and as if we were miles away from the city. I do not know if my photos are any good, but I left those spaces relaxed and filled with joy.
Written 4 March 2023
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travelingbloom11
20 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
The most beautiful park in San Francisco! I couldn’t believe I had not been there in my 15ish visits. Started there early to get a good walk in before museums to be surprised that it is free from 7:30 to 9 am. The grounds were well maintained and a great assortment of different areas. Lots of locals running or on morning walks. Even for December there was much to take in. A top memory of my visit!
Written 11 December 2022
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,201 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Freaking amazing botanical garden. Tons of variety in an easily walkable space. My favorite is the garden of fragrance. I visited on a cool November afternoon. I recommend the San Francisco botanical garden for tourists and locals.
Written 17 November 2022
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Viktoria P
3 contributions
Nov 2022
An indoor rainforest of sorts. Amazing plants will captivate your senses. Thousands of species. No room for pets and we are asked to not touch any of the plants.
Written 7 November 2022
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my89bnz
Phoenix, AZ18 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Beautiful botanical gardens - different regions highlight the different plants in that region. Beautiful areas for sone great picture taking. The gardens are quiet & nice for walking or serenity
Written 16 September 2022
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Sherri F
Langley, Canada210 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited the Gardena nd enjoyed lovey stroll though the grounds, most specimens
were well labeled. (Not all bathrooms were open!) Interesting to know that this entire portion of San Francisco was originally ALL sand and that all of the trees and shrubs were PLANTED there as a public space for the citizens of SF to enjoy.
Would recommend and would happily re-visit!
Written 4 September 2022
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MaiaTheTraveler
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
Feb 2022
IF you're thinking of visiting the arboretum and you can come between Sept. 16 -20, 2022** you'll be treated to something unique and beautiful. It's called "Flower Piano."

Pianos are tucked away in various beautiful spots in the garden, and anyone who wants to can play. It's lovely to hear melodies wafting through the trees, and to hear the kinds of music chosen by each pianist. (There are varying skill levels, but enthusiasm is universal among these musicians.)
(**Dates may change due to weather , etc.)

If you are a serious horticulturalist or somebody who just likes plants, there is a library in the botanical garden open to the public, free of charge, no reservation necessary.
Across from it is a small bookstore (plus). Both are located near the main gate. (Consult your map, or ask a stranger.)
Written 27 August 2022
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