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. 


Daily: 7:30–9am (enter via the Main Gate)

Monthly: Second Tuesday of every month 

Holiday Free Days: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day

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)









Hours -The Garden is Open with Additional Safety Measures -More

We are open daily, starting at 7:30am. 

The Garden closes one hour after last entry. 

Last entry changes seasonally:


Fall & Winter Last Entry:

October - early November: 5pm

1st Sunday in November - January: 4pm

February - 2nd Saturday in March: 5pm


Spring & Summer Last Entry:

2nd Sunday in March - September: 6pm


The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture:

Children's Books To Go currently available

Indoor Space Closed Due to COVID-19 Safety Concerns 


Garden Bookstore and Plant Sale Arbor:

Plant Arbor Open Weekends, 9am-3:30pm

Bookstore Closed Due to COVID-19 Safety Concerns


Location, Map, Public Transportation & 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 - Last Entry, and is an additional entry option.

Public Transportation

*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.

CalTrain 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 of the garage is closest to the Botanical Garden. Parking in the 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.

Garage Hours: 

  • 7am–7pm except Thursday: 7am–11pm; Open other evening hours for scheduled events


Garage Hourly Rates:

  • $5.00 weekdays, $29.00 maximum

  • $6.00 weekends, $33.00 maximum

  • After Hours/Events: $17.00 flat rate

  • Monthly parking: $232 per month



Wheelchair Access

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 in 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 Littering

  • No Pets

  • No Feeding Wildlife

  • No Smoking

  • No Picking or Stepping on Plants

  • No Tree Climbing

  • 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

We're Here to Help

Have questions about visiting the Garden? 

Please let us know how we can help. 

(415) 661-1316 x412

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. 

COVID-19 Protocols

For everyone's safety all visitors must abide the following rules:

  • If Sick, Stay Home

  • Face Coverings Required

  • Stay 6 Feet Apart



1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

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