This 55-acre arboretum is a great spot to picnic, with picturesque bridges, ponds, and statues dotting the landscape of 6,000 types of trees and bushes. Check out the fragrance garden with its heady sent of lemon verbena and lavender. There is a small bookstore from which tours are given daily.
The garden is divided into climate-specific collections, including Mediterranean, tropical, and specialty gardens devoted to rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, succulents, and fragrant plants. A terrific place to take young children, the garden contains fountains, ponds, bridges, and walkways for exploring.
Address and phone: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate park; 415-661-1316
Getting there: Take the #44 or #71 Bus or N Judah Streetcar
Hours: Open weekdays 8-4; weekends 10-5
Admission: Beginning August 2010 admission for non-San Francisco residents will be $7 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, and $2 for children.
Note: Free guided walks are offered daily at 1:30