We know you’re searching for things you can do outside with the kids. We get it. Good news: these local botanical gardens are open for visitors so you can swing by and smell the roses. Here are our favorite picks for families.MoreLess
This 55-acre garden is an urban oasis in the middle of Golden Gate Park. Families can still enjoy the Bean Sprout Family Days that is currently being offered on weekdays with pre-registration required. Each pre-registered family will receive an activity bucket containing clean tools, activity suggestions and craft materials. No matter when you visit, be sure to stop by the Children's Garden to hunt for bugs! COVID-19 Update: Pre-purchase of tickets is recommended.
The hills of Saratoga are home to this 18-acre Japanese estate, garden and retreat center. Listen to the waterfalls and surround yourself in the zen of the bamboo garden when you enjoy the tranquility just outside of the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. Docent tours and tea demonstrations are available to reserve in advance. COVID-19 Updates: Face coverings are required for visitors age 7 and up.
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants, including California native plants as well as plants from around the world. In the summer, kids ages 5-10 come for Green Stuff, a hands-on science camp where they learn about habitats, animals and how to be good environmental stewards. COVID-19 Update: The Garden is open by reservation only. Make your reservation before you head over.
Visit this historic house and garden in the hills of Woodside and take in the panoramic views, lush vegetation and critters that make their homes there. Kids will especially enjoy walking the 1-mile Estate Trail to the Sally MacBride Nature Center (currently closed). Explore the collection of artifacts and wildlife of the natural preserve and maybe even spot a California quail on your walk over. COVID-19 Update: Pre-purchase of tickets is required. Tickets are not available at the door.
A trip to the family-favorite Tilden Park should always include a stop at the Botanic Garden. Not only is it totally free, but they offer free guided tours on non-rainy Saturdays and Sundays. Explore beautiful landscapes displaying California’s diverse plant life, from the High Sierras to the southern deserts. Flowers bloom every month of the year, reaching a spectacular peak in spring through midsummer. COVID-19 Update: The garden is open with pre-reserved tickets.