The Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers, in a classic Victorian building built in 1879 and renovated in 2003, houses 1,700 species of plants from around the globe. It’s also one of only four institutions in the U.S. to feature a highland tropics display–ferns, vines, mosses, and orchids from the world’s elevated climates. Visit the lowland tropics exhibit and take in the sights and smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and cashew nuts growing on trees. Just don’t pick the crop.
100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park
(415) 666-7001
www.conservatoryofflowers.org