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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone Number: 760 436 3036
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees,...

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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A peaceful gem of a spot

I was really impressed with this botanic garden. It's beautiful with all sorts of varying foliage. Definitely worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was really impressed with this botanic garden. It's beautiful with all sorts of varying foliage. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited these gardens in the winter on a sunny weekday and enjoyed wandering around the many paths and exploring the different areas when not many people were around. Interesting children's garden with tower to climb up.

Thank CCHBrighton
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I expected something spectacular, and this was only OK. A wide variety of bamboo, which was sort of cool. This used to be a private home, and the gardens feel like a bit of a mishmash, perhaps because of that. Fruit trees, an African plant area, an herb garden, and more. Coffee onsite, which is nice.

Thank Hollingmorris
Bellevue, Washington, USA
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135 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This garden has considerable variety with gardens devoted to Australian plants, to bamboo, to succulents, to fruit, etc. There is a charming tea house (can't go in). The Children's Garden has activities for children built in and a delightful tree house. There are more children's areas, for younger children, off the parking lot. Sculpture for sale is scattered throughout. There... More 

Thank Jeanne J
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, I'm not a big plant lover, but I would have expected a botanic garden in this part of the country to be astounding. It was OK but not worth a big detour. Lots of cool bamboo

Thank Cynthia H
San Diego, California
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51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have several different types of gardens on site. We really like the children's garden for kids 9 and under, with a tree fort, edible garden, music garden, sand and stream, and more. The Chocolate Festival is not to be missed.

Thank Erichidaho
Encinitas, California
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

The bamboo collection is the largest in the USA. There are many wonderful walking paths to explore and the children's garden is great for kids.

Thank jpbla
San Diego, California
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

It was $50 for two adults and two students to walk around maybe two blocks worth of lights, it was packed with screaming kids, you got two marshmellows, the hot chocolate was out of a package and $2!! The parking was insane....it was a total bust! Don't waste your time, its better to ride around the neighborhoods that have great... More 

Thank winterSDiegans
Encinitas, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The gardens hold great memories for me and my family as my son and his wife got married in the Walled Garden a few years ago. I love to visit the gardens at different times of the year to see what is in bloom. The plant varieties are impressive, the scenery amazing and the views spectacular. The artwork sprinkled within... More 

Thank Laura W
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Too much for one day...too much fun for the children and too much fascinating horticulture for the botanist.

Thank ma w

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