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Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is home to a number of places well worth visiting. Here are some near the SF Botanical Garden. The map below shows these places relative to each other.
The Japanese Tea Garden was built as part of San Francisco's California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. The oldest public Japanese garden in the U.S., this complex of paths, ponds, and a working teahouse features trees and flowering plants of Japanese and Chinese origin. Scattered throughout its five acres are pagodas, sculptures, and footbridges. Read about the interesting history of the Tea Garden at sfcityguides.org.

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The Conservatory of Flowers (first built in 1878) is a large botanical greenhouse in Golden Gate Park that houses an important collection of exotic plants. It also hosts special exhibitions throughout the year. The white structure is the oldest building in the Park. It is listed on the National and California registers of historic places, and is a much-loved local landmark for its delicate Victorian beauty. Visit the Conservatory web site. Conservatory of Flowers PhotosConservatory
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At Stow Lake you can rent a paddle boat or bicycle, or walk around the lake and take in the sights. You'll see ducks, gulls, and pigeons. You can cross a footbridge to climb Strawberry Hill for the view from that island in the middle of the lake. If you're lucky you'll spot a Great Egret, a Night Heron, or a Great Blue Heron (they nest on one of the islands). There are turtles, too. Renovations of the boathouse and its snack bar began in fall 2011. You could pack a lunch, or else rely on temporary vendors for snacks. Read what people have to say about Stow Lake. Stow Lake PhotosStow Lake
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