What is Playland (at the Beach)? Before my time it was a beachfront amusement park on the edge of San Francisco. Think Coney Island or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This was back in the days when frolicking on beach was super popular in the US. We’re talking way back in the depression years.This past Sunday I spent some time at the SF Conservatory of Flowers where they are having a special exhibit called Playland at the Conservatory. It’s a miniature reproduction of the seaside amusement park. It even has some of the actual arcade machines. Not sure of the connection between the flower conservatory and Playland other than both were around at the same time. Unfortunately only one of the two survived.