Golden Gate Park Gardens Now Free for Low Income Families
San Francisco just announced that San Francisco Botanical Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, and the Japanese Tea Garden will offer year-round, free admission to any visitors receiving government food assistance benefits.
Free admission of up to four people will be granted at all three Golden Gate Park gardens with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card showing enrollment in CalFresh or other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). San Francisco residents who show their Medi-Cal card can also receive free admissions to the gardens of Golden Gate Park.
The free access to the gardens of Golden Gate Park advances a key priority of the City’s Economic Recovery Task Force by serving San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents and ensuring all San Franciscans can access and enjoy the City’s unique cultural assets.
“Access to nature is more important than ever and Golden Gate Park in particular has been an oasis for so many of us during COVID-19,” said Mayor Breed. “All San Franciscans, regardless of their income, should have access to the art and cultural institutions that our city has to offer.
Admission fees at the gardens range from $20 to $38 for a family of four to visit, creating a barrier for low-income families to access the cultural and educational benefits that these institutions offer. While access to the San Francisco Botanical Garden is free for San Francisco residents, approximately 35% of the Garden’s visitors live outside of San Francisco.
Eligibility Guidelines for Free Admission to the Gardens of Golden Gate Park:
- San Francisco residents: People who receive CalFresh or Medi-Cal can receive up to four free tickets when they show their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card or Medi-Cal card and proof of San Francisco residency.
- Non San Francisco residents: People who receive CalFresh or SNAP benefits can receive up to four free tickets when they show their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.