My daughter and I arrived on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 10:15AM via bus #44.
Hours: Open Daily, no holiday closures.
Summer (3/1 through 10/31): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Winter (11/1 through 2/28): 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Mon, Wed, Fri: FREE admission if entered by 10:00 am
Adult: $5.00 (Residents), $7.00 (Non-Residents)
Senior (65+) and Youth (12-17):
$3.00 (Residents), $5.00 (Non-Residents)
Child (5-11): $1.50 (Residents), $2.00 (Non-Residents) Child (4 and under): Free
Upon entering you tell the cashier whether you are a resident of San Francisco or not. ID is requested if you say that you are a resident. Also your child will be asked his/her birthday if the cashier is told that the child is 17 or below.
I paid for our entrance fee, as we were 15 minutes late for the free entry. I should have listened when a resident told me that he wasn't gonna pay to get in. We weren't given a map to guide us along the course of the garden, and to be honest I don't feel what I saw was worth my money. The tour only lasted about 15 minutes. My daughter made a comparison of the garden to Fort Lauderdale's Japanese Garden. Her statement was. "Mommy, the Japanese Garden in Florida is much better than this garden."
Once at the end we circled back around to take pictures of what we had seen. I'm not interested in visiting the garden at a later date.
The Tea House was so crowded, we didn't have a chance to enjoy any of the food or tea provided. The little souvenir shop was cute and that is where my daughter and I found the maps to the garden. And because the Garden is in the Golden Gate Park, the souvenir shop sells Golden Gate Bridge souvies. However, I recommend buying all souvies in Chinatown because they are muuuuch cheaper for the same quality.
I'm not suggesting that you all don't go an experience the garden for yourself, I'm just giving my point of view based on what I'm used to.
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