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San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum Review

One of the best picnic spots in a very picnic-friendly park, the 55-acre arboretum specializes in plants from areas with climates similar to that of the Bay Area. Walk the Eastern Australian garden to see tough, pokey shrubs and plants with cartoon-like names, such as the hilly-pilly tree. Kids gravitate toward the large shallow fountain and the pond with ducks, turtles, and egrets. Alas, the city began charging admission to the gardens in 2010, so it's a slightly less alluring picnic spot compared to the free stretches in front of the Conservatory of Flowers and on the Music Concourse between the de Young and the Cal Academy.

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  • Address: Lincoln Way and 9th Ave. entrance, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94122 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/661–1316
  • Cost: $7, free 2nd Tues. of month
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 9–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–5
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  • Location: Golden Gate Park
Updated: 03-30-2013

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