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Over 100 year-old Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) inside the Main Gate. Photo by Saxon Holt.

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Welcome to San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the most diverse gardens in the world. Escape to a unique, 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world.


San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. For your convenience, 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. Note: Use the Main Gate for early entry. Friend (North) Gate opens at 9am


We are open daily, starting at 7:30am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry. Last entry changes seasonally:

Last entry: Fall & Winter
October through early November: Last entry at 5pm.
1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4pm.
February through 2nd Saturday in March: Last entry at 5pm.

Last entry: Spring & Summer
2nd Sunday in March through September: Last entry at 6pm.

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is open 10am–4pm; closed Tuesdays and major holidays. The Garden Bookstore and Arbor are open daily, 10am–4pm; closed on major holidays.


Admission is FREE for all Members, School Groups, and San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency).

A California driver license or ID showing your SF address is best for proof of residency. A recent utility bill, lease, or other official documentation showing your SF 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 is as follows:

Age/Category Admission
Adults $9.00
Youth 12-17 and Seniors 65 and over $6.00
Children 5-11 $2.00
Children 4 and under FREE
Families (2 adults and all children under 17 residing in the same household) $19.00

Free Days

  • Daily 7:30–9am
  • Second Tuesday of every month
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day

Navigating the Garden


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.

San Francisco Botanical Garden - Accesibility
Accessible restrooms are located near the Friend Gate, at the North entrance to 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 in the Great Meadow. These restrooms are not accessible.

This link will take you to a printable map showing the location of the accessible restroom and accessible paths of travel.

Click this link for more information on San Francisco Recreation and Parks accessibility, including requesting accommodations.

Rules and Regulations

Please come enjoy the Garden – ENGAGE + ENJOY, LISTEN + LEARN, STROLL + STRETCH, FROLIC + HAVE FUN, INHALE + INVIGORATE, RELAX + RENEW – and come back for more!

In order to ensure the enjoyment for all visitors please abide by the following rules:

  • NO Wheeled Vehicles (Except for Wheelchairs and Strollers)
  • NO Littering
  • NO Pets
  • NO Feeding Wildlife
  • NO Smoking
  • NO Picking or Stepping on Plants
  • NO Playing Sports
  • NO Camping

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

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $9 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

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