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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
760 436 3036
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Encinitas
Type: Gardens, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Getting married
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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.

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Los Angeles
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267 reviews 267 reviews
225 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I have been to a lot of gardens, but this was one of the best. First, we easily parked in a nice large parking lot for $2. I parked near the gate but the entrances to the gardens are across the parking lot. Plan your parking accordingly. We went in the entrance nearest the parking gate first. It was a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Nice almost hidden Encinitas attraction! Very nice variety of local plants and wildlife ... I always knew it as Quail Gardens but it is still nice to walk around!

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Encinitas, California
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43 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Name change is hard for me. Been there many times-walking the paths, a wedding, wine events, and even did the event walking the dogs thru! Plants are marked and in sections-beautiful place to spend some time.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

One of my favorite gardens. I've visited practically every month of the year w/ my annual pass. I've gone with my late Mom in her wheelchair and my son in his stroller. My Mom especially loved the annual Orchid Festival. My son enjoyed the different festivals but his favorite, and mine, is the Children's Garden. Love, love, love the Children's... More

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Surrey, Canada
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64 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We spent a couple of hours wandering and will need to come back. There are so many gardens with specific plant families. Australian, Tropical, South American etc. My favourite had to be the Undersea Succulent Garden -This unique garden of water smart succulents simulates a tropical coral reef, overflowing with marine life.

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La Jolla, California
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23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

A nice place to explore, even the young ones can enjoy walking around looking for the treehouse. Several unusual plants can be seen. A beauty not too far from the highway.

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Dayton, OH
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25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 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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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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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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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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