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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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Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My wife and I fully enjoyed our visit to the gardens. They have a nicely laid out assortment of specimen plants from all over the world. They also have an observation tower that is high enough to view the Pacific, and catch the breeze as well. This is a good place for kids to stretch their legs and they have... More

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Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This is our second visit to the gardens. The gardens participate in a reciprocal agreement with many botanical gardens in the US, so admission was free for us. $2 parking fee. The gardens are set in areas by regions and continents. There is a wonderful children's garden as well. Highlights for us include the bamboo, and tropical fruit gardens, the... More

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MN
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163 reviews 163 reviews
68 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

With four miles of trails and 37 acres of plant materials, this garden delights. Restful vistas, flowers galore wait you. The garden includes the nation's largest bamboo collection.

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Oceanside, CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Well worth a visit and a membership for locals. It has several distinct areas where plants and wildlife are displayed. The education areas and play areas are great for kids. Bathrooms are a bit sparse so make the kids go every time you pass one. Get a membership and enjoy member only events like plant sales and receptions.

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Don't get me wrong, this place is very pretty, tranquil even, but the day we went (and I took my parents from out of town) they increased the price because they had another event going on there. At any rate, we learned a few things and saw some neat plants/ trees/ nature.

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Vermillion, SD
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Worth whatever the admission charge (though there is a free day each month). Quail Botanical Gardens is a spectacular way to spend the day. The gardens provide landscapes from many habitats and continents.

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Cardiff by the Sea, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

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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