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Peak of Fall Colors at SF Botanical Garden | Golden Gate Park

Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’ (syn ‘Purpurea’) – Copper Beech tree, fall color in San Francisco Botanical Garden

The fall color is at its peak right now at San Francisco Botanical Garden … we’re told this should last just only 2 weeks. Weather looks good for a while, but bets are off if it rains, so folks should get out there soon if they want to see it.

While the color of the leaves in San Francisco will never be confused for Vermont in fall, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a nice show to take in a few pockets of the Bay Area and the Garden offers one of the nicest in the city when its Moon Viewing Garden and Temperate Asia Garden begin to turn.

In the Moon Viewing Garden, stepping stones lead down a small stream to the banks of a quiet and still pond surrounded by Japanese maple trees, at their autumn best right now. Visitors can step out over the water on a wooden deck to immerse themselves in the mosaic of reddening leaves overhead.

Platform viewing deck over a pond in Moon Viewing Garden in San Francisco Botanical Garden with fall foliage color in Japanese Maple trees.

Visitors can also admire the blaze of the golden Ginko biloba trees and Chinese tulip trees in the Temperate Asia collection. There are other nice splashes of color throughout the 55 acre Garden right now too, including at the Great Meadow, Redwood Grove and beyond.

Peak Fall Colors at San Francisco Botanical Garden
Nov. 24 to Dec 3 (approx) | 7:30a to 5p (Last entry is 4p) – Winter hours
San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th and Lincoln, Golden Gate Park
FREE with proof of SF residency

The Garden is also free for everyone (including non-residents), every day from 7:30-9 am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month. Admission for non-residents is $9 general, $6 youth 12- 17 and seniors; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE. Families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $19.

Free Docent Tours

  • Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate
  • Saturday & Sunday; 2pm at Friend (North) Gates
  • Bird Walk: first Sunday of every month: 8am at Main Gate

Walkway by Moon Viewing Garden in San Francisco Botanical Garden with fall foliage color in Japanese Maple trees, Acer palmatum.

Boardwalk path covered with autumn leaves of Plum tree in Temperate Asia section of San Francisco Botanical Garden

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