Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Entering the Friend Gate at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

As promised in yesterday’s post, this post will contain some of the photos that I took on a recent trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. In addition to my photos, I’ll share with you some details about visiting this glorious garden.

An Overview of the San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park. There are two entrances that may be used, one at Ninth Avenue and one at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The Ninth Avenue entrance is known as the Main Gate, and the secondary gate at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is known as the North/Friend Gate. We’ve used both gates on different visits to the Garden. The gate we use is determined by where we park.

Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Speaking of parking, you may park anywhere on the street outside of the Garden, inside of Golden Gate Park, for 4 hours for free. There is also a parking garage near the Main Gate of the Botanical Garden. This parking lot is convenient, you don’t need to drive around trying to find a nearby space, but it is not free.

The Succulent Garden at the SF Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden opens daily at 7:00 am, and closes one hour after the last admission of the day. The time of closure depends on the time of the year, there are earlier (4pm-5pm) last entry times in the winter and a later (6pm) last entry time during the Spring and Summer.

The Perennial Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Admission is free for members, school groups, and San Francisco City & County residents. For everyone else, admission is as follows:

Youth 12-17 and Seniors 65 and over$6.00
Children 5-11$2.00
Children 4 and underFREE
Families (2 adults and all children under 17
residing in the same household)

I love visiting this botanical garden, it’s a lovely location to take a walk or to sit down, relax, and enjoy a picnic on the Great Meadow. There are so many gardens, ponds, forests, and lawns inside this large garden that I can’t name them all! For a little snippet of what you can expect to see at the garden, here is a list of my favorite spots:

  • Ancient Plant Garden
  • Garden of Fragrance
  • Mesoamerican Cloud Forest
  • Redwood Grove
  • Rhododendron Garden
  • Children’s Garden.

In the Children’s Garden, the little ones can enjoy story times, garden crafts, treasure hunts, and guided walks.

Any questions? Let me know!

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  1. July 14, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    What a beautiful place. I wish I had time to visit there when I was in San Francisco. I only had 1 day there but I packed plenty must see’s in.

    • July 14, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Next time! There is SO much to see in this city, there’s always something to look forward to. 😊

  2. May 13, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog! Love it! This garden is gorgeous, and the pictures are stunning. Great post!

  3. May 13, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I love walking in Golden Gate Park in general. There is so pretty and peaceful <3

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