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Friday, November 13, 2009

Coming Up: Golden Gate Express at Conservatory of Flowers

The Golden Gate Express, last year's popular train show in the the Conservatory of Flowers, is back.

The model trains and cable cars wend their way through the conservatory's foliage and dwarf plants, while zipping past mini versions of San Francisco landmark buildings. Included are Ghirardelli Square, the Transamerica Pyramid, Ferry Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and Chinatown's dragon gate.

These monuments were made from recycled and repurposed materials like corks, wine boxes, cheese graters, cutlery and more. For example, the Ferry Building and Transamerica Pyramid are studded with more than 600 computer keys.

New this year: six landmarks including City Hall, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Castro Theater.

Also new this year: two interactive trains for children.

When: November 19, 2009 - April 18, 2010. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays ­ Sundays

Where: Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Cost: $1.50-$7.00 depending on your age and city of residence. Children 4 and under FREE

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