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San Diego Botanic Garden

Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone Number: 760 436 3036
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Encinitas
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Getting married
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Boulder Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We spent about an hour in the children's section and none of us are kids! This is a beautiful spot to walk around and feast on the thousands of plants that grow in southern California. It is so fun that there are 2 overlook places to see the view. Put this on your list, it is fantastic.

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San Diego, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Very well manicured and maintained garden with great opportunities for photography everywhere. Take a boxed lunch for a quick picnic.

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La Jolla, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Super "nature museum". Beautiful grounds with an immense variety of plants & trees (duh!). Very educational, they have hosted walks & lots of informational signage. It's like a secret getaway place right here in San Diego. They also have a really cool section that caters to children (replete with giant "living tree house"), you can even have birthday parties there.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We hiked pretty much all the trails, that are there, and it took a few hours, excellent excercise, and a panoramic view of the ocean, absolutely beautiful. It was the best I seen in San diego. The sights and local environment while getting a little excercise was best we had while on this trip.

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Redmond WA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

bad condition, overpriced. it looks like a cheap botanical garden without proper care. usually, gardens of such size and quality are free. but this is California, and it is expensive enough. not recommended.

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San Diego, California
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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

In the 1970s and 1980s, there was a quaint botanic are called Quail Gardens. Parentsvtook kids there for an hour's distraction at best. Now expanded and redesigned, it's a floral version of the zoo. Vegetation by zones, quality garden art/sculpture tastefully placed, play structures and activities for kid 2-12. Call ahead to find out what's available that day. Special AAA... More 

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East Troy, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Impressive stroll through incredible themes of plant life, mainly from desert & warmer climates. Great kid's areas too. Looking forward to seeing this next summer - if it was this cool in December!

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Colorado
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15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Was looking for things to do alone while husband was in business meetings, plugged "botanical gardens" into the map and this popped up. I was a little leery of the drive involved from San Diego,but am so glad I decided to go. Pulled up to entrance booth and paid my $16 for parking and entrance. (active military and spouses get... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Lived in SD many years, but just "discovered" the Botanic Gardens. We really enjoyed the care and attention that have been invested in this place over many years. There are very large eucalyptus, cork oak and other exotic trees that were planted by the original owners. The trails are nicely maintained, and there are many ramps and walkways that are... More 

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Grand Isle, Vermont
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We visited this place on Veterans Day, and my friend got in for free because of her service to America. Nice touch. The fee for the rest of us was more than reasonable. The botanical garden is well set up, with a lot of diverse settings for the plants and trees. It was great to see so many young families,... More 

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