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San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco

Categories: Gardens, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Open Daily at 7:30am.

Fall & Winter

October through early November: Last entry at 5:00pm

1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4:00pm

February through early March: Last entry at 5:00pm (closed at 6:00pm)

Spring & Summer

2nd Sunday in March through September: Last entry at 6:00pm (closed at 7:00pm)

Admission is FREE for all Members, San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency), and School Groups. Admission for non-residents is as follows:

Age/Category Admission

Adults $8.00

Youth 12-17 and Seniors 65 and over $6.00

Children 5-11 $2.00

Children 4 and under FREE

Families (2 adults and all children under 17

residing in the same household) $17.00

The Botanical Garden is FREE daily 7:30–9am and all day on the second Tuesday of every month as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
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  • There were dried and dead vegetation in many parts of the garden. We learnt that this is the fourth year of drought for California. Signage was confusing, definitely not worth paying an entrance fee. ...  read more »
  • This is a very large botanical garden located in Golden Gate park (do not confuse this with the bridge as this is several blocks inland). The variety of plants here is outstanding, too many to outline...  read more »
  • Our average evaluation is partly due partly to the cold windy day we visited the gardens. Lots of walking and not much in bloom. It was a little disappointing. 
  • So many spots to take great photos. The weather in February can be cool and overcast, so bring a jacket if you're from a warmer climate. Very well-maintained botanical garden. Busy but not overcrowded.
  • Absolutely beautiful. We went during the flower piano concerts and it was a wonderful and memorable day. It was a special treat to wander through the gardens and happen upon a piano being played by a talented musician and stop for a while. It is free for SF residents but still only $8 for visitors.
  • The Google directions on how to get there did not lead me to the entrance area. It told me to go to 12th Avenue on Lincoln, make a U turn, and my destination will be on my right side. The actual entrance was on 9th Avenue. But once I arrived, I was happy to see it was free for local residents, you can bring your lunch, and enjoy the pleasant environment full of plants, succulents, and trees everywhere. I would go back again just to walk through the gardens and have that peaceful feeling with serenity in the clean air atmosphere that seems to calm all my senses even if the Google map directions was a little off at the entrance location which, in fact, I found out there were two separate entrances. Have a cell phone in case you want to meet friends, relatives, and guests there. Take a warm jacket because the weather can change from sunny mornings to afternoon overcast and winds.
  • My secret chill spot in gg park. Clean bathrooms and lawns to set up a picnic. Seasonal blooms for the plant photographer. It's free if you live in the city and have identification to prove it.
  • Great romantic place to walk around and enjoy nature. There are paved walkways and gravel walkways. All sorts of neat plants. We made a new friend during our sightseeing.
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