Today’s Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
San Francisco is a city with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to natural beauty. And as if the sparkling San Francisco Bay, the towering redwood and bay trees, and craggy sea cliffs weren’t enough, inside the rambling green miles that make up golden Gate Park are the hauntingly beautiful white glass arches of the Conservatory of Flowers.
The beautiful structure, originally built in 1878 is the oldest glass and wood conservatory in North America. It’s had a tumultuous history, including fires, earthquakes and condemnation, but in 2003 after extensive renovations the conservatory re-opened its doors for good.
Inside visitors will find rooms full of unusual, rare and exotic plants, including the amazing Victoria Amazonica water lilies whose leaves can grow to be three meters in diameter and can hold the weight of a small human.
Entry costs $7, $5 for seniors and students, but admission is FREE to everyone on the first Tuesday of each month. And don’t forget to check out the wonderful gardens outside of the building which have impressive rotating seasonal flowers blooming.