Whether you tinker with a model train set at home or have children fascinated with magical locomotives, Golden Gate Park is currently home to the Golden Gate Express – the first ever garden railway exhibition for the Conservatory of Flowers (John F. Kennedy Drive).

Surrounded by replicas of famous San Francisco landmarks, a miniature G-gauge train zips by local attractions, such as the Transamerica Pyramid, Golden Gate Bridge, and Ghirardelli Square. Living plants create endless green spaces that depict parks and gardens. Reusable materials (like old computer keys and plumbing supplies) are used to build some of the significant structures.

The Golden Gate Express also offers:

• Access to a vintage train station seating area
• Guest appearances by costumed conductors
• Information regarding the development of San Francisco and its railways

So, the next time you’re wondering what to do this weekend or any weekend until April, come browse the Golden Gate Express – an entertaining holiday experience. This Conservatory of Flowers event will continue on every day (with the exception of Monday) until April 19th, 2009 – from 9am to 4:30pm. Without a paid admission to the Conservatory, expect a fee between $3 and $5. For more details on this event, call 415-831-2090 or 415-666-7001.

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