We’re happy to welcome back guest writer, Mishi B, owner and author of Hey Carter! Books. She’s the East Bay mom of two little ones, a four-year old and a baby.
The gardens around the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park are the perfect location to have lunch outside with the kids, with tons of photo ops and socially distant fun. I had been inside the conservatory before but never walked around the surrounding gardens. It is breathtaking!
The ambiance in the garden is incredible. I felt like we were eating lunch in the middle of a Disney movie. The flowers are so vibrant and very well manicured. The succulent wall and clock garden were our favorite areas.
Nearby, there are places to rent bikes, roller skate, grab snacks, and lots more beautiful greenery.
If you are looking for a chill day in nature this is the spot for you. There is plenty of space to social distance but you should arrive early to secure the perfect spot near the flowers. The drive to San Francisco was definitely worth the visit to this majestic lunch spot.
Plan your visit to the gardens at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Location: 100 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco in the Northwest area of Golden Gate Park
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Last ticket sold at 4 pm)9
Tickets: No advance reservations required. Adults: $10-$12, Youth 12-17: $7, Kids: 5-11 $3, Kids 5 & under: FREE Buy Tickets>> (Or grab a FREE pass through your library’s Discover & Go program). No cost if you’re just enjoying a beautiful lunch in the gardens outside.
Parking tips: Navigating and parking within Golden Gate Park is its own adventure. Check your map sources ahead of time and plan to arrive early. Depending on where you park you will probably need to walk a little to the conservatory – so bring a wagon or large backpack for your gear. We parked near Fulton and the conservatory was only a five minute walk away.
The weather can fluctuate so plan accordingly for warmth, drizzle, and full sun.
Here are ten things I pack for an outdoor lunch with the family:
- Waterproof mat
- Extra clothes
- Portable speaker
- Garbage bag
- Bottle opener
- Sharp knife
- Hand sanitizer