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Top garden recommendations from locals

Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
  • 473 locals recommend
Garden
“If you love flowers and tea and/ or are looking for a romantic date idea, this is place is lovely!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Garden
“Its free, inside it is a relaxing place with an array of flowers and plants. ”
  • 125 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Free to San Francisco residents, Feb marks the start of the magnolia walking tours: magnolias. Camellias and rhododendrons are in full bloom.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Garden
“Wonderful inner city park, with lawns, waterfalls, a tea house etc. Right across from SF MOMA”
  • 62 locals recommend
Garden
“Views of the Golden Gate Bridge. See if you're lucky enough to be there late afternoon in the summer with the fog rolling in. Historic WWII airfield”
  • 16 locals recommend
Garden
“Lovely little Japanese garden in the midst of GG Park. Nice place to relax in the afternoon. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Super fun slides for little and big kids! Shh..The neighborhood's best kept secret..”
  • 21 locals recommend
Garden
“2 miles away. In Golden Gate Park, the National AIDS Memorial Grove is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS, and a dedicated space where people can gather to heal, hope, and remember. Its purpose is to ensure that those who have suffered from the AIDS epidemic — both those who have died and those who have shared their struggle — are not forgotten. It is a place for quiet reflection among the rhododendrons and redwoods, where people can seek out solitude or gather in groups for memorial services, celebrations, and picnics.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Garden
“Free entrance to this aromatic sanctuary with lots of benches for sitting and smelling the roses for a while.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Spire by Andrew Goldsworthy is one of about 5 sculpture art in the Presidio. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Garden
“stroll our awesome community garden! i'm the succulent whisperer maintaining the retaining wall bed just to the south of the garden. :)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is the main fine arts museum in San Francisco. The architecture is very cool and if you visit, be sure to check out the view from the tower. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Plaza
“Critical Mass begins at this downtown square at 5:30 on the last Friday of every month. The group ride started here, and is now in hundreds of cities worldwide. It’s a thrilling, charming, and authentic way to explore the city—a giant bicycle parade of hundreds celebrating a friendlier, greener, healthier way to get from point A to point B. Most rides start as a celebration with a slow pace and a density that fosters a social atmosphere and makes it easy to meet the riders around you. The event can feel more political as the night goes on, so drop out whenever you like. And come ready: The mass doesn’t wait if you need to stop to pee.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Garden
“music entertainment in the park--bring your blanket and mark a place on the grass to catch some live outdoor music”
  • 4 locals recommend
Garden
“Gorgeous little spot within Golden Gate Park, great for a picnic or meditation”
  • 6 locals recommend