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Love is still in the air, enjoy a weekend full of flowers!


Some of the common places to have a date on Valentine’s season are restaurants, parks, movie theaters, beaches, at home and more. You might be trying to think of a new place to spend this special moment near Half Moon Bay. You may not have thought of it before, but planning a visit to the botanical gardens for you and your partner is a romantic date idea.

Take advantage of the beautiful season and hold hands as you walk down flower and tree-lined paths, examine brand new plant species in the greenhouses and cuddle on a garden bench!

Here are some of the Best Botanical Gardens that can help make your time more special this Valentine's weekend near Half Moon Bay.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden, which calls itself “a living museum”, offers 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces and is currently showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world.

LOCATION:
San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. There are two entrances, the Main Gate near Ninth Avenue, just inside the Park, and the Friend (North) Gate on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

HOURS:
They are open daily, starting at 7:30am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry.

ADMISSION:
Admission is FREE for all Members, School Groups, and San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency).
Admission for non-residents (Adults): $8.00

ATTRACTIONS:
The garden has many features that are created to make the experience of each visitor more memorable. They have the Flower Piano, Conifer Collection, Ancient Plant Garden, Cloud Forests and many more! To see more of what they have to offer, click here. This botanical garden has so many to offer and it can be a wonderful option for you and your loved one.

Filoli Historic House and Garden

The Filoli Historic House and Garden was designed between 1915 – 1917 and is designated with the beautiful scenery of the Northern Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, California. Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture.

LOCATION:
86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062

HOURS:
Filoli is open to visitors from Tuesday through Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Last admission is 4:30pm.

ADMISSION:
Admission is FREE for Members.
Admission for non-residents (Adults): $22.00

ATTRACTIONS:
Filoli has many features that makes it a magnificent place to visit not only for the nature surrounding it but also the culture, architecture and history behind it. They have the Filoli House, The Libraries, The Florilegia, The Garden, Nature Preserve, The Estate Trail and many more!
To see more of what they have to offer, click here. If you are a lover of design, architecture, and history, the Filoli can be a great option for you and your loved one.

Conservatory of Flowers

The Conservatory of Flowers is a glass and wood Victorian structure, built in 1878 and it is home to exotic wildlife that were nurtured within a protective environment that allows the general public to enjoy, admire and appreciate this rare treat of nature.

LOCATION:
100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

HOURS:
The Conservatory is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10a.m. – 4:30p.m.  (Last ticket sold at 4p.m.)

ADMISSION:
Admission for residents with ID: $6.00
Admission for the General Public (Adults): $9.00
For more information on prices, click here.

ATTRACTIONS:
The Conservatory of Flowers is a great place to spend the day with the beauty and company of flowers and other wonderful flora. They have the The Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden, Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, Murder at the Conservatory, Photosynthesis: Love For All Seasons and many more! To see more of what they have to offer, click here. If you want to spend the day indulging your senses through sensually-inspired experiences taking place throughout the Conservatory galleries, then the Conservatory of Flowers can be a nice option for you and your loved one.

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.   

LOCATION:
Japanese Tea Garden is located at 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, east of Stow Lake, between John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

HOURS:
Open Daily, no holiday closures. Summer (3/1 through 10/31): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm while Winter (11/1 through 2/28): 9:00 am to 4:45 pm.

ADMISSION:
Mon, Wed, Fri: FREE admission if entered by 10:00 am
Adult: $6.00 (Residents), $9.00 (Non-Residents)
For more information on prices, click here.

ATTRACTIONS:
The Japanese Tea Garden is best known for showcasing the authentic Japanese-style designs and nature. Aside from the wonderful views and sceneries of the garden, they also have a Tea House, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and try their fortune cookies, and the Gift Shop, where you can purchase authentic Japanese items. To see more of what they have to offer, click here. If you are a Japan-loving couple, the Japanese Tea Garden is an amazing option for you especially if you do not have the budget to actually go to Japan.

The San Mateo Arboretum Society

The San Mateo Arboretum Society was founded in 1974, by Peninsula resident and garden enthusiast, Marion Panaretos. With her love of gardens, Mrs. Panaretos recognized the importance of protecting the botanical aspects of San Mateo’s Central Park. The society continues its mission to protect and preserve nature of the gardens.

LOCATION:
The San Mateo Arboretum Society is located in the southwest end of San Mateo Central Park with access from Ninth Avenue.

HOURS:
Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 12 pm (Noon)

ADMISSION:
FREE admission

ATTRACTIONS:
The San Mateo Arboretum Society is considered a hidden gem and beloved for its beauty and allure. Aside from the wonderful views and sceneries, they also have the Rose Garden, Native Plant Gardens, Community Outreach Gardens, Orchids Nursery and many more.
To see more of what they have to offer, click here. If you are a hidden paradise surrounded by the most beautiful of flowers, then the San Mateo Arboretum Society is an wonderful option for you to celebrate Valentine’s weekend near Half Moon Bay.

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