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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco, CA

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Address: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94122 How do we get there? Number: (415) 661-1316
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About this activity

The hustle and bustle of San Francisco can get too busy for some, which is why we LOVE the San Francisco Botanical Garden as here you can oescape into an oasis as you surround yourselves with 8,000 plants from all over the world!

It's a nature loving families paradise!

Whether you want to just take a stroll through the grounds and take in the magical energy of nature, or if you want to learn about the various plants and gardens, this is the place for you.

Kids can surround themselves with plants from Australia, Chile, and California - they might want to see what grows in the Mediterranean, and even New Zealand! How do these plants compare to what you might find in South Africa?

You can explore palms that grow only in high elevations, and discover what grows in the clouds!

Also at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens are themed gardens. What plants grew in ancient times? Here you can find out (and it feels like you might just spot a dinosaur or two!)! Kids can play in the children's garden, or take it easy in the Moon Viewing Garden.

The Great Meadow is a fun, park like experience for the whole family, or for a heightened sensory experience the Garden of Fragrance is the place to be!

A fun, nature filled family day out in San Francisco for the whole family. There's nothing wrong with taking it easy on your family day out, and just stopping to (literally) smell the roses!

Activity location


San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way.

There are two entrances, the Main Gate near Ninth Avenue, just inside the Park, and the Friend (North) Gate on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, just steps from the Japanese Tea Garden, de Young Museum, and California Academy of Sciences.

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How much does it cost?



$10 - $13



$3 (ages 5 to 11), $7 (ages 12 to 17)



Free for San Francisco residents


Free Under

4 years


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San Francisco Botanical Garden FAQ’s

No picnics are permitted

The free Golden Gate Park Shuttle offers access to the Botanical Garden and the eastern half of Golden Gate Park with stops along JFK Drive, Stow Lake Boathouse, Haight Street, and at the Music Concourse near the Japanese Tea Garden and de Young Museum. The shuttle stop is a short walk to the Friend (North) Gate entrance of the Botanical Garden.

There is a Garden Bookstore, open daily 10am - 4pm but closed on Federal Holidays

Most of the Garden's pathways are wheelchair accessible, and accessible pathways are marked on wayfinding signage with the ISA symbol. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at either Garden entrance on a first come, first served basis.

No smoking, pets, littering, tree climbing, and make sure you don't feed the wildlife!

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