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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
760 436 3036
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Encinitas
Type: Gardens
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our... more » Owner description: Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast. « less
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Dayton, OH
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Excelent gardens, well laid out, a bit on the wild side, in a good way. Realy great for families. We saw a number of 3 to 7 year olds having a blast. About 3 miles of trails, some fairly steep with steps in some areas, so somewhat limited accessibility. The children's garden is a delight for all ages. Reasonable price.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Simple... GO VISIT! You'll love it! everything is so lovely and its well kept. Very relaxing and a place families could visit and enjoy without all the extras. just beautiful and lovely

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Holton Le Clay
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Repository of San Diego area natural plants of all kinds, plus a rich collection of bamboos and tropical plants, grove plants, make an amazing visit. Plenty to watch, to admire and to take pictures of. Like all tropical gardens it can feel difficult to breathe sometimes especially if one has asthma. Make it a shorter visit, not more than 3/4... More

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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Visited in The middle of a heat wave with kids aged 8 & 11. Could have been a disaster, but the gardens were so spectacular that everyone was thoroughly entertained and we ended up spending several hours there. The fruit garden was a big hit as was the bamboo garden and the rain forest. Don't miss this gem!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

nice way to spend an afternoon. Lots of walking and lovely garden. Get many good ideas for you own garden.

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Stunning displays of plant life from all parts of the planet; lot's of walking required, some inclines and steps; a large pond with frogs and lilies; a children's discover area. I've gone twice and was awestruck both times.

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Fremont, California, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were there to attend a wedding - didn't get to see all of the grounds. Nice staff and what we did see of the gardens made us want to come back another time just to see the grounds.

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Boise, Idaho
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My granddaughter (3 years old) and I attended the garden on a Sunday morning and had a great time. Bring snacks and drinks, there is a lot of walking and hills to navigate. She loved the tree house and the water area. Wear play clothes!

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San Marcos, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful and relaxing great place for a picnic. Can spend hours here seeing the many different gardens. The children love this place. You can spend the whole day looking at everything. There is a nice view point you can see the ocean from . There is a nice water fall where you can just relax and take it all in.

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Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One of the best botanic gardens I've been to - large, we'll-kept international tropical and desert plant collection. Well worth a visit.

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