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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 8 Attractions in Encinitas
Type: Gardens, Zoos & Aquariums
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, Zoos & Aquariums
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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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

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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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Pasadena, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Great place to take the kids and grand kids during the Christmas season. We have utilized the various facilities for the past several years, joining as members last year. Great facilities for children 2-8 during warmer weather. Be sure not to miss the model railroad.

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Los Angeles
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233 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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315 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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