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Urban Explorations: The SF Botanical Gardens

February 16, 2017

What if we told you there was a place where you could explore nearly every continent in the world, witness the abundant permutations of nature, and reduce your stress at the same time. What’s more, what if we said you could do it all in an afternoon, and for free? Well, look no further.

The San Francisco Botanical Gardens offer just that and more. Located in Golden Gate Park, this is the perfect urban escape for the city dweller. With 55-acres to explore, the gardens offer everything from redwoods to a moon viewing garden, more than 200 perennials, winding paths, ponds, fountains, microclimates galore and on and on.

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Magnolia Tree at SF Botanical Gardens (SF Botanical Gardens Facebook)

Open 365 days a year, you could visit on nearly every one them and still encounter something new on each visit, even in the dead of winter. During February and March, check out the Magnificent Magnolias as more than 100 trees bloom with variegated flowers of massive circumference and dazzling hues.

Did we say it was free? That’s right, free for residents with proof of residency. So if you’ve just moved, finished unloading, styled your apartment, started your job, and navigated the viciousness that is the DMV, you may as well reap the rewards of residency. Don’t have your license or proof of residency, admission is $8 and goes towards the upkeep of the gardens, which are run almost entirely by volunteers.

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SF Botanical Gardens Facebook

Check out the website and Facebook page for up-to-date info on blooms and special events, including daily tours, classes and nighttime explorations.

The SF Botanical gardens are located a short walk into the park from the 9th Avenue and Irving Street stop along the N Judah Line, which you can board in the outbound direction just steps from Trinity Place at Civic Center Station. Don’t forget to explore the boutique shops and restaurants along 9th Avenue in the Inner Sunset.


ADMISSION FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

Looking for a San Francisco apartment in SoMa? Trinity Place is a brand new building just steps from tech bus stops and The Orpheum Theater on 8th and Market Street.

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