- City Sophistication
- Family Time
It’s natural to think of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park as primarily an outdoor experience. But the park has world-class museums that provide an indoor experience worthy of a weekend getaway for those times when the weather is less than ideal.
Located within steps of each other in the music concourse area of the park is the arts-focused de Young Museum and the natural history-focused California Academy of Sciences. The de Young’s stunning copper-clad building includes a 144′ tower that rises above the trees and provides an unforgettable view. Inside the museum, you’ll find exhibitions of culturally important art from around the world.
The California Academy of Sciences occupies its own architecturally interesting building with a 2.5 acre “living roof.” Its educational and interactive exhibits include a large aquarium, planetarium, and an incredible indoor rain forest. You can easily spend hours here.
Nearby is the Conservatory of Flowers, a giant greenhouse filled with rare and exotic plants. The warm, humid building provides a nice break from cold weather as you stroll through different ecosystems showcasing plants and flowers from around the world.
Families and friends of all ages will enjoy this educational yet entertaining trip.
On Saturday, visit the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. Get an early start because there’s more than enough stuff to see to fill the entire day. Then, return to Golden Gate Park on Sunday morning to tour the Conservatory of Flowers before heading home.
Things to Do
When to Go
Since this trip takes place mostly indoors, visit any time of the year but confirm that the museums will be open if you plan to visit on a holiday.
Adult admission to the de Young Museum starts at $15, with youths 17 and under free. The California Academy of Sciences has dynamic pricing based on the date and time – purchase tickets in advance. The Conservatory of Flowers charges $7-12 for adults and $2-7 for children (kids four and under are free).