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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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Activities: Getting married
Description: Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering...
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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Wide Variety of Plants, Very interesting Sculptures, A relaxing experience

I visited the Garden with a group and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I was particularly impressed with the whimsical metal and live plant statues on display around the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Mission Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I visited the Garden with a group and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I was particularly impressed with the whimsical metal and live plant statues on display around the garden. Another standout was a small pond with Lily pads and radiant Lotus Blossoms. I thought the waterfall was dissappointing. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and be prepared for some... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We went to a wedding here and it sure was a nice place to have it. The trees and flowers are very nice . Well looked after and nice to walk around and view the landscape . Plus it a is very easy to get to.

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Warren, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Love to walk the grounds and see all the great plantings. I think Tuesday is a free day except for parking so you may want to go on that day if its your first time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This Botanical Garden is wonderful! So many choices to explore.... A definite destination if you want beauty & tranquility.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The former Quail Gardens is a a very pleasant place to visit. It is relaxing; there is no need to be in a hurry. The climate zone displays are nicely done, as is the children's area. I don't think it is as well maintained as it was years ago, when I last visited, but is still well worth a trip.... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I love visiting the Botanic Garden when we have out of town guests. It's a relaxing stroll and usually feels nice and cool (not too hot) because of the shade and all the foilage. I love the garden at Christmas time when the paths are lit with Christmas lights and there are smores cookouts and the like. The garden is... More 

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Have taken my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter here twice this year and she loves loves it. I have to bribe her to get her to leave. They have a wonderful Hamilton Kids Garden within the Botantical Garden with a treehouse with rope ladders and bridges, large chalk boards for the kids to draw on, a musical garden complete with a... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I saw a show about the gardens on California Gold by Huell Howser and was surprised that it was located in Encinitas, just off of the freeway as we pass by there quite often. I took the time to get off the freeway and easily found the place and was not at all disappointed. It was like being in another... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

What an amazing, peaceful place to wander around. I especially like the Children's area. A lot of "interactive" things for kids to do and learn at the same time. LOVE sitting quietly by the waterfall areas. I've also been to a wedding there and it's a wonderful venue for a wedding.

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Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Peaceful and beautiful. Take a picnic lunch, go for a stroll, and enjoy the different gardens. Take comfortable shoe too.

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