Admission is FREE for Members, School Groups, and San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency).
Proof of San Francisco Residency:
A California driver license or ID showing your San Francisco address is best for proof of residency.
A recent utility bill, lease, or other official documentation showing your San Francisco address as well as a photo ID is acceptable too.
Digital proof on your smart phone (i.e. photo of your ID, screenshot of your utility bill) is acceptable.
Admission for Non-Residents:
Adults - Weekend
Youth & Seniors (Ages 12-17 and 65+)
Children (Ages 5-11)
Toddler (Ages 4 and under)
(2 adults and all children under 17 residing in the same household)
Daily: 7:30–9am (enter via the Main Gate)
Monthly: Second Tuesday of every month
Holiday Free Days: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day
Museums For All
All visitors receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) are offered free general admission. Free admission for up to four people may be redeemed by presenting a valid EBT card upon entry. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions, events, and programs still applies. More info
Open Daily at 7:30am
The Garden closes one hour after last entry
Last entry changes seasonally
Spring & Summer Last Entry:
2nd Sunday in March - September: 6pm
Fall & Winter Last Entry:
October - Early November: 5pm
1st Sunday in November - January: 4pm
February - 2nd Saturday in March: 5pm
Open Fri-Mon, 10am-4pm
Children's Books To Go currently available
Indoor Space Temporarily Closed
Location, Map, Public Transportation, Shuttle, & Parking
San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way.
There are two entrances, the Main Gate near Ninth Avenue, just inside the Park, and the Friend (North) Gate on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, just steps from the Japanese Tea Garden, de Young Museum, and California Academy of Sciences.
Use the Main Gate for all entry.
Friend (North) Gate is currently open weekends-only, 9am-6pm, and is an additional entry option.
*Public Transit service is changing frequently due to COVID-19 - check respective providers website for latest*
The Garden is served by several public transit routes such as the N-Judah streetcar, 44, 28, 29, 7, 6, and 43 buses.
Muni information here.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) here.
Golden Gate Transit here.
AC Transit here.
Sam Trans here.
See weekend and holiday free Golden Gate Park shuttle information here.
Parking for cars and bicycles is conveniently located in the Music Concourse Garage. Access to Music Concourse Garage parking is from Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. across from the Botanical Garden (enter the park at 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, garage entrance will be third right) or Fulton Street at 10th Avenue. The south pod (Cal Academy side) of the garage is closest to the Botanical Garden. Parking in the 800 space garage is encouraged.
Limited street parking is available in Golden Gate Park.
Additional bike parking is available at both the Main and Friend (North) entrances.
7am–7pm; Open other evening hours for scheduled events
Garage Hourly Rates:
$5.25 weekdays, $29.00 maximum
$6.25 weekends, $33.00 maximum
Monthly parking: $240 per month
The free Golden Gate Park Shuttle offers access to the Botanical Garden and the eastern half of Golden Gate Park with stops along JFK Drive, and at the Music Concourse in front of the de Young Museum, which are a short walk to the Friend (North) Gate entrance of the Botanical Garden. The shuttle operates on weekends and holidays from 10am to 7:30pm.
Learn more about the shuttle and access to Golden Gate Park here
Most of the Garden's pathways are wheelchair accessible, and accessible pathways are marked on wayfinding signage with the ISA symbol. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at either Garden entrance on a first come, first served basis.
Restrooms and Pathways
Accessible restrooms are located near the Friend (North) Gate, at the the Botanical Garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Tea Garden Drive.
There are also restrooms inside the Library building adjacent to the main entrance, and near the Great Meadow. These restrooms are not accessible. See the visitor map for accessible restrooms and paths.
Rules & Regulations
In order to ensure the enjoyment for all visitors please abide by the following rules:
No Wheeled Vehicles (Except for Wheelchairs and Strollers)
No Feeding Wildlife
No Picking or Stepping on Plants
No Tree Climbing
No Playing Sports
Park Code Sec. 3.02, 3.05, 3.12, 4.01, 4.04, 4.05, 4.06, 5.02, 5.07; Health Code Article 19I
Note about Service Animals:
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA.
For everyone's safety all visitors must abide the following rules:
If unvaccinated, face coverings are required to enter the Garden Bookstore. Face coverings are otherwise not required for Garden visitors.
If Sick, Stay Home and Talk with your Doctor
With California's reopening face coverings, social distancing, and capacity limits are no longer required