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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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Cardiff by the Sea, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I did enjoy the gardens. Every time I see the new name I cringe. We are not in the city of San Diego, we are in Encinitas. Yes, we are in San Diego County. Poor choice and even worse marketing the name change to the locals. You have lost my support.

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

San Diego Botanic Garden, previously called Quail Gardens (which I like better, still), is one of my all-time local hangouts. It's a fantastic place for families to gather, nice to go solo for contemplation or meet a friend for a little picnic lunch and then wander about. It has many areas of interest; tropical forest, bamboo forest (with beautiful clumps... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Three years into a severe drought and the SD botanic garden looks great! My uncle worked as a caretaker decades ago, and the place is still magical. I didn't realize how extensive the gardens is and didn't have the time to see everything. I especially loved the overlook natural area. It made me realize how much water is wasted in... More

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I visited on a Saturday with my mom and husband. We were happy to discover this little gem in San Diego. It is not spectacular but still is a wonderful place to spend half a day walking around in the garden (they have a bamboo garden, tropical fruit garden, rain forest, Mexican garden and many more) or picnicking in the... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was a wonderful, educational garden with a huge variety of plants that even my master gardener parents were taken with. But the free Tuesday was full of screaming , unruly kids and an army of strollers. I felt bad for the older seniors, who were dodging running children while trying to enjoy the garden. It's worth paying the park... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What a fabulous place this is! I was attending a family wedding there on a Friday afternoon, but walked down from my nearby hotel (great Best Western!) to check it out in the morning; folks were so helpful and I roamed around in the beauty, knowing there would not be time to do that at the wedding!

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El Segundo, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I hated going to places like this when I was a kid! We went to the Botanical Gardens with our adult children and young grandchildren. We all enjoyed it. There is an area for children that we all enjoyed. It is a lovely place to walk around. You are doing an easy hike in some areas and enjoying beautiful views.... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Tired of the beach? Head to the Botanical Garden for the afternoon. What a wonderful experience. It was a quiet retreat from a busy afternoon.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

These gardens provide botanic beauty and fun for the whole family. While adults can appreciate the diversity of the well-signed plants, children can have a blast in the children's section, complete with lots of hands on activities. Some of the pathways are dirt and a little steep, so if you are planning on going off of the paved trails bring... More

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San Diego, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Note that there are two Botanical Gardens in San Diego, one in and part of Balboa Park, and this one, still in San Diego County, but in Encinitas, a bit further than downtown San Diego. Admission is $14.00 for adults and parking is free if you are four or more in the vehicle; otherwise it is $2.00. There are restrooms... More

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