Conservatory of Flowers

100 John F. Kennedy Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118- Map It
(415) 831-2090

AAA Editor Notes

Conservatory of Flowers is at 100 John F. Kennedy Dr. at the eastern end of Golden Gate Park. This Victorian-style white building, capped with an ornate dome, encapsulates the original intent of a plant conservatory: to transplant a bit of wonder and beauty from faraway jungles to a climate-controlled environment for the enjoyment of the masses. The Lowland Tropics room, which sits beneath the conservatory's upper dome, contains a tangled assortment of exotic plants and trees, while the damp, humid environment in the Aquatic Plants room nurtures pitcher plants, bromeliads and Amazon water lilies. The name is actually a misnomer, since there aren't that many flowers aside from the lovely orchids in the Highland Tropics room. This is, however, the perfect place to try out your new high-tech camera. Special plant exhibits also are presented. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
$8; $6 (ages 12-17, ages 65+, and college students and San Francisco residents with ID); $3 (ages 12-17, ages 65+ and college students with San Francisco ID) $2 (ages 5-11); free (ages 0-4 and to all first Tues. of the month).
Hours: Tues.-Sun. (also Memorial Day and Labor Day) 10-4:30. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Guided tours are given at 11, 12:30 and 2:30, subject to staff availability. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.