Last year, I was lucky enough to travel to San Francisco for a quick visit and on the first day, the open-topped bus tour I took drove right past the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and I knew that was going to be on my must-visit list while I was there.
On my last full day, I took an Uber from my hotel to the Golden Gate Park and headed straight for the Conservatory of Flowers. It cost me $9 for a ticket to get in and there was no queue so I got straight in (I believe it’s free on the first Tuesday of every month at the moment – check the website for more info though as this could change at any time).
I was pretty exhausted after my whirlwind of a trip so I was really looking forward to wandering around with my camera and although it wasn’t what I expected, I really enjoyed myself.
I say that it wasn’t what I was expecting because it was a series of areas that you walk through that are filled with all sorts of beautiful and unusual plants. In my head, I’d been expecting full-on flower blooms – almost like a garden centre or a flower market.
What it actually is, is a series of areas that you walk through that are all themed (aquatic, tropics, potted plants etc) and there are very few actual flowers in the conservatory itself. There are some flowers but just not as many as I was expecting due to the name. 😉
It didn’t matter in the slightest though because I loved wandering through the areas with my camera and discovering so many plants that I’ve never seen before.
I spent about an hour in there because it’s not a huge space and to be honest, had I not had my camera or if I’d had the kids with me, I probably would have been done in half the time. If I was to make one suggestion, it would be to time your visit to coincide with one of the guided tours if you want to learn about the plants as one was just starting as I left and the guide sounded really knowledgable and enthusiastic about the plants.
Here’s some of my photos from my visit…
How to get there – The main entrance to the Conservatory of Flowers is near the entrance to Golden Gate Park. There’s a free city shuttle bus that stops right outside which you can find out more about here.
Cost – Basically it’s $9 for an adult and $6 for children but if you check out their website there are various other concessions available. Also, the Conservatory of flowers is free for all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.
Opening hours –The Conservatory of flowers is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
The above details are correct at the time of publishing but as always, it’s worth checking their website to make sure nothing’s changed and that they’ll be open when you’re planning to visit.
You can find out more about my open-topped bus journey here.
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