San Francisco Botanical Garden
75 locals recommend ·
Why locals recommend it
The Redwood Trail in Golden Gate Park’s San Francisco Botanical Gardens lets you meander through the giant redwoods, some of the tallest living things on earth. They’re only in a small area of the world, so it’s worth a visit to walk among these giants. Although young for their species, these redwoods are over 100 years old. You can download a free audio tour of the Redwood Trail on the Botanical Gardens’ website.
Tips from locals
55 acres of serene gardens showcasing diverse plants from around the world & a magnolia collection.
• 3-4 hour roundtrip, 5-10 minute walk from home - Walk to the nearby SF Botanical Gardens and enjoy the beautiful outdoors! - There's a small entrance fee for non SF residents
2 miles away. Escape to a unique urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing nearly 9,000 different kinds of plants from around the world across 55 acres.
A must see in Golden Gate Park. If you're an early riser, it's free in the mornings!
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Harbour / Marina
“A beautify small lake in Golden Gate Park, where you can rent a paddle boat that you can take around the lake. You can also hike to the top of the island in the middle of the lake. ”
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