Before traveling, we usually gather all the information we got from different blogs or recommended places by our friends and get frustrated with all the dits, squeezing all those places on your list is impossible to do if you have a day or two. To make it easier for my readers I , myself make a list 11 possible places to add  on your "Where to" list. This #SanFranciscoWhereTo is all about The Golden Gate Park which is the number 2 place to visit on my list after The Golden Gate Bridge. 

 

The Young Museum

Tuesday-Sunday:9:30-5:15pm

General Admission

Adults $10
Seniors 65+ $7
Youths 13–17 $6
College students with valid ID $6
Children 12 and under Free
FAMSF members (join today!) Free
First Tuesday of the month Free (special exhibition fees still apply)
Active U.S. military personnel
(plus up to 5 family members)
Free
Audio tour $8 ($7 FAMSF members)

Prices may vary for special exhibitions.

ORDER TICKETS

Purchase by phone: 888-901-6645 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 800-777-9996 for member tickets | Transaction fees apply for all phone orders.


Admission tickets to the de Young include same-day general admission to the Legion of Honor. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions. Prices and hours subject to change without notice. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. Discounts cannot be combined with other offers or previously purchased tickets.

General admission to the de Young is free for all veterans and active military personnel with military ID on Veterans Day.
 

Location

Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
 

T. rex skeleton at main entrance of California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

California Academy of Science

 

Monday–Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Last entry at 4 pm

Member Hours

Tuesday: 8:30–9:30 am
Sunday: 10–11 am
See their  membership benefits page for details.

General Admission
 

General Admission tickets include access to all museum and aquarium exhibits—including the rainforest, planetarium, living roof, and a wide range of daily programs.

$34.95 - Adult
$29.95 - Senior (ages 65+)
$29.95 - Student
$29.95 - Youth (ages 12–17)
$24.95 - Child (ages 4–11)
Children ages 3 and under are free

 

Conservatory of Flowers

Tuesdays-Sundays: 10am - 4:00pm 

Mondays: Closed on Mondays, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Sundays: There is no driving or parking allowed near the Conservatory on Sundays, and on some major holidays. At these times, visitors may walk to the Conservatory from outside the park, or take the FREE Golden Gate Park Shuttle Bus.

Holidays

The Conservatory is OPEN on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

The Conservatory is CLOSED on Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1, and we close at 1:30pm on December 24.

Admission fees 

General public:

$8.00 for Adults
$6.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under

If you show a San Francisco ID:

$6.00 for Adults
$3.00 for Youth, Seniors and College Students
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under

Conservatory members enjoy unlimited free admission. Become a member.

Group Visits

Interested in scheduling a visit for a group or 10 or more people? Please visit Group Reservations page. 

Free Every First Tuesday!

The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Groups are not permitted on free days. Visit the Group Reservation page to schedule a group visit.

Directions & Parking

Accessibility information

Inside the Conservatory: The Conservatory of Flowers is wheelchair accessible for both motorized and non-motorized chairs. We also have two non-motorized wheelchairs in the ticket booth, which visitors may use (*at their own risk) on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Parking: Handicapped parking is located on the east side of the building and also on John F. Kennedy Drive in front of the Conservatory. Drop-off ramp access to the Conservatory is available on the west side of the building near the public restrooms. Strollers are not allowed in the Conservatory.

On Sundays, the roads around the Conservatory are closed to vehicular traffic. No driving or parking is allowed on Sundays. Visitors may take the FREE Golden Gate Park Shuttle Bus, which runs every 15-20 minutes during park hours.


Public transportation: The number 5 Muni bus stops closest to the location. Get off at the 8th Avenue & Fulton stop. The safest entrance into the park with accessible pathways is right there at 8th Avenue. After entering the park at 8th Ave, make a left onto John F. Kennedy Drive and continue on to the Conservatory, which you will soon see on your left.

Guidelines for visiting the Conservatory

  • Food and drink are not allowed inside.
  • Strollers are not allowed inside, and may be parked outside the Conservatory on the grass.
  • Pets and outside plants are not allowed inside. (Service animals are okay).
  • Tripods are not allowed inside. (Permits are required for commercial/ professional and school photography).
  • Close the doors between exhibit galleries.
  • Keep cell phone conversations to a minimum.
  • Temperatures may exceed 85 degrees (29C).

Group Tours

For information about booking group tours for 10 or more people or field trips for students, click here.

Public Tours are available on most days* of the week at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

 

Japanese Tea Garden

Open Daily, no holiday closures.

  • Summer (3/1 through 10/31): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Winter (11/1 through 2/28): 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Admission

  • Mon, Wed, Fri: FREE admission if entered by 10:00 am
  • Adult: $6.00 (Residents), $8.00 (Non-Residents)
  • Senior (65+) and Youth (12-17):
  • $3.00 (Residents), $6.00 (Non-Residents)
  • Child (5-11): $2.00  (Residents), $2.00 (Non-Residents)Child (4 and under): Free

 

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

Hours

Open at 7:30am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry. Last entry changes seasonally:

Last entry: Fall & Winter
October through early November: Last entry at 5pm.
1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4pm.
February through 2nd Saturday in March: Last entry at 5pm.

Last entry: Spring & Summer
Second Sunday in March through September: Last entry at 6pm.

Extended Evenings
The Garden stays open 6-8pm for Members only on Wednesdays in September during Extended Evenings.

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is open 10am–4pm; closed Tuesdays and major holidays. The Garden Bookstore and Arbor are open daily, 10am–4pm; closed on major holidays.

Admission
 

Admission is FREE for all Members, School Groups, and San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency). 

A California driver license or ID showing your SF address is best for proof of residency. A recent utility bill, lease, or another official documentation showing your SF address as well as a photo ID is acceptable too. Digital proof on your smartphone (i.e. photo of your ID, screenshot of your utility bill) is acceptable. 

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
 Free Days
  • Daily 7:30–9am
  • Second Tuesday of every month
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day

 

Stow Lake

Hours: 5am to Midnight

Address: Stow Lake Drive San Francisco, CA 94118

Accessibility: Accessible

Parking: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Destination Type: Lake or Ornamental Garden

Reservation and Permit Info

For all reservation information please contact the Permits and Reservations Office @ 415-831-5500.

Buffalo Paddock

Contact Details 

Address: Within the Golden Gate Park, the Buffalo Paddock is situated off of John F. Kennedy Drive in the north/west corner of the park. Heading between 41st Ave and Sunset Blvd/36th Ave will bring you closer to this destination.

Interesting Fact: Although you may not have the chance to observe, bison are known to reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

 

Dutch & Murphy Windmills

Address: The North and South Windmills can be found in the western section of the Golden Gate Park.

Phone: Friends of Recreation and Parks; (415) 263-0991

Interesting Fact: The Murphy Windmill differs from traditional specimens from the Netherlands because its sails turn clockwise, rather than the typical counterclockwise motion.

Music Concourse

A visit to the Music Concourse brings you closer to neighboring Golden Gate Park attractions, such as deYoung Museum and California Academy of Sciences. It is located on Music Concourse Drive and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Fee-based parking is available at the Music Concourse Garage, as well as limited four-hour street parking situated on John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Drives.

Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers

Shakespeare Garden

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Closed at Thursday: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Saturday 9:00am to 12:00noon

Locating Shakespear's Garden

The Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers is situated at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Middle Drive East, located not too far from the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum. A sign directing visitors to the garden’s free entrance is also in the area.

 

Hippie Hill

Hippie Hill is found on the eastern end of Golden Gate Park. Head for the hill located in between the Conservatory of Flowers and Haight Street.The best way to ride a bike us on Sundays because main roads through the park are closed to cars.

The best way to ride a bike us on Sundays because main roads through the park are closed to cars & fun activities such as Archery is available.

If you are starving after all the activities you've done click here for the list of restaurants nearby. 


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-N

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