A Majestic Lunch Spot: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers - 510 Families

A Majestic Lunch Spot: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

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 is the perfect location to have lunch outside with the kids, with tons of photo ops and socially distant fun. The indoor spaces of the Conservatory of Flowers are closed due to Covid-19 but the area in front is accessible. I had been inside the conservatory before but never walked around the surrounding gardens. It is breathtaking!

Gardens at SF Conservatory of Flowers
Outdoor lunch in the gardens at SF Conservatory of Flowers | Photo: Mishi Booker

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.

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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.

Picture-perfect moments in the garden
Picture-perfect moments in the garden | Photo: Mishi Booker

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
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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.

Carter loved the SF Conservatory of Flowers
Carter loved the SF Conservatory of Flowers garden lunch | Photo: Mishi Booker | Find Carter's Brown Boy Joy shirt here

Here are ten things I pack for an outdoor lunch with the family:

  1. Waterproof mat
  2. Extra clothes
  3. Blankets
  4. Portable speaker
  5. Garbage bag
  6. Bottle opener
  7. Sharp knife
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Chairs
  10. Wagon
Carter pulls the wagon of food and gear
Carter pulls the wagon of food and gear | Photo: Mishi Booker

Thanks so much to Mishi B, author of Hey Carter! Books for sharing her family's adventure with us. Follow Mishi B. on instagram as @MelaninMommy.

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