Fodor's Expert Review San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

Golden Gate Park Garden

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 lilly-pilly tree. You don't have to go to Muir Woods to see the largest living things on earth: the botanical garden boasts a 4-acre redwood grove in the heart of the city. Kids gravitate toward the large, shallow fountain and the pond with ducks, turtles, and egrets.

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San Francisco, California  94122, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $9 weekdays, $12 weekends, free 2nd Tues. of month and daily 7:30–9 am; free for SF residents, Mid-Mar.–Sept., 7:30–6; Oct.–early Nov., 7:30–5; Nov.–Jan., 7:30–4; Feb.–mid-Mar., 7:30–5; garden closes one hour after last entry.

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