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If You Live in SF, Golden Gate Park’s Coolest Gardens Will Soon Be Free

Written by Meaghan MitchellPublished Mar. 08, 2022 • 6:50pm

If there was ever a moment to brag about being a San Francisco resident, now is it! Residents of the city and all veterans will soon be able to visit the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden for free, in addition to already complimentary Botanical Gardens. 

Mayor London Breed’s ordinance to make all three of Golden Gate Park’s specialty gardens free to San Francisco residents passed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 8. It will take effect in late April, 30 days after Breed signs it.

“Access to our city’s vibrant public spaces and cultural institutions is more important now than ever before,” said Mayor Breed in a press statement.  “As our city continues to reopen, providing equitable admission to historic attractions where residents can gather safely and engage in enriching activities is critical to the development of our city.”

Not a San Francisco resident? Fear not! The legislation provides free or reduced pricing for both gardens, which has been in effect since 2019. Discounts are available for visitors receiving government assistance (EBT) or purchasing a multi-garden ticket. Last month, Supervisor Gordon Mar amended the law to allow non-resident veterans free entrance.

Visit the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden for more information.

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