15 Best Spots for Fall Colors in and around San Francisco


When the leaves start to turn and the air gets crisper it’s a great time to put on an extra layer and take the kids out for a hike or a bicycle ride to see the best of the fall colors. Best times for fall color photos are early morning with the sun backlighting the foliage or late afternoon to bring out the color. It’s important to remember that kids need to be active so plan frequent stops places of interest on a road trip and for food refuels. The SF parks on our list have lots to keep kids amused other than playing in the fallen leaves.

1. Japanese Tea Gardens – Golden Gate Park

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This is close by and an ideal place to go with tiny tots to appreciate some fall foliage- it may not be swathes of trees – the park is only 5 acres but it is beautifully kept and has interesting features like the Koi Pond, bridge and pagodas and one can stop at the teahouse for refreshment. The Gingko Biloba trees have bright yellow leaves and the Acer Palmatum leaves range from plum to pink, orange and yellow.

Where: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Hours: Summer (March 1st through October 31st): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Winter (November 1st through February 28th): 9:00 am to 4:45 pm.
Cost: Adults $8, Youth (12 to 17) $6, Kids (5 to 11) $2, Kids 4 and under free. Free on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if you enter before 10 am.
Contact: info@japaneseteagardensf.com

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