The Conservatory of Flowers

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

AAA Editor Notes

The Conservatory of Flowers is at 100 John F. Kennedy Dr. at the eastern end of Golden Gate Park. This Victorian greenhouse, 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, as there are more than just flowers inside with a collection of close to 1,800 species of plants. Lovely orchids can be found in the Highland Tropics room. This is 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).
Station: UCSF Parnassus
Hours: Tues.-Sun. (also Memorial Day and Labor Day) 10-6:30; 10-4:30, rest of year. Closes at 1:30 on Christmas Eve. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Guided tours are given at 11, 12:30 and 2:30, subject to docent availability. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.