Spring in Bloom in San Francisco

From Tulips to Cherry Blossoms, Spring Comes Early to San Francisco

Spring in Bloom in San Francisco

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit San Francisco — days grow longer, temperatures are comfortable, everything’s in bloom and that signature fog of summer hasn’t crept in. Golden Gate Park is car-less on weekends from April through September, so lace up your walking shoes to explore the fragrant spring in the city’s step by starting in the park.

 

Conservatory of Flowers
100 John F. Kennedy Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 831-2090
www.conservatoryofflowers.org

Just looking at the stunning exterior of this Victorian palace for plants, you get the feeling there’s something wonderful on the inside, and there is! Dating from 1879, the oldest conservatory in the Western Hemisphere is bursting with exotic palms, tropical specimens and rare flowers from all over the world. Special exhibitions change throughout the year, so there’s always something new taking root.


Japanese Tea Garden
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 752-1171
www.japaneseteagardensf.com

Some say the gardens are at their loveliest in spring when delicate cherry blossoms appear. Perfection, harmony, symbolism are played out in classical features including a moon bridge over the koi pond with stepping stones, Buddha statue, brightly painted gilded pagodas, stone lanterns, bonsai and a raked zen garden. Linger longer over refreshments served in the authentically-styled tea house overlooking the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States.


San Francisco Botanical Gardens
1199 9th Ave.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-1316
www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

It’s a park within a park. These 55 acres of landscaped gardens arranged around a central fountain showcase a collection of 8,000 plants from all corners of the world, cultivated over the past 75 years. Visit the city’s own Coast Redwood grove, where Sequoia sempervirens tower in spite of their youth at only a century. Picnicking is welcome.


Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

In 1915, San Francisco threw a party and 19 million people came. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was a World’s Fair to shine a spotlight on San Francisco’s rebuild from the ashes of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 and to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. The strikingly beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, its rotunda, colonnade and lagoon are the remaining landmark from that fair that applauded innovations such as airplanes, telephones, typewriters and ukeles a century ago.


Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave.
Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121
415.750.3600
www.legionofhonor.famsf.org

Vibrant in pastel hues of pink, blue and green, impressionist Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” is part of the permanent collection at the classically beautiful fine arts museum on a hilltop overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Built in the Beaux-Arts style as a three-quarters scale replica of its Paris namesake, the museum is also home to an Auguste Renoir collection, including “The Thinker.” Arrive on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for a free concert on the museum’s own 1924 Skinner Organ, one of the world’s finest.

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