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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
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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Longmont, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Stunning displays of plant life from all parts of the planet; lot's of walking required, some inclines and steps; a large pond with frogs and lilies; a children's discover area. I've gone twice and was awestruck both times.

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Fremont, California, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were there to attend a wedding - didn't get to see all of the grounds. Nice staff and what we did see of the gardens made us want to come back another time just to see the grounds.

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Boise, Idaho
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My granddaughter (3 years old) and I attended the garden on a Sunday morning and had a great time. Bring snacks and drinks, there is a lot of walking and hills to navigate. She loved the tree house and the water area. Wear play clothes!

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San Marcos, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful and relaxing great place for a picnic. Can spend hours here seeing the many different gardens. The children love this place. You can spend the whole day looking at everything. There is a nice view point you can see the ocean from . There is a nice water fall where you can just relax and take it all in.

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Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 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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68 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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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
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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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