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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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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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Excellent botanic garden - and I'm a non-gardener

Very nice botanic garden with a wide array of sections from across the globe. It took us about 3 hours to walk through it at a leisurely pace. Very nice thing to do if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Very nice botanic garden with a wide array of sections from across the globe. It took us about 3 hours to walk through it at a leisurely pace. Very nice thing to do if you want to have a low key day while on vacation. Entrance fee is $14 for adults and kids, military and students are less. Well worth... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Was so fun to walk around in such natures beauty. No dislikes. Loved it all!!! It was fun to see the weird plants and vegetation and we got a lot of cool pix

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Phoenix, Arizona
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357 reviews 357 reviews
42 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Maybe I'm spoiled because the Botanical Gardens I've been to in Phoenix and the Philadelphia area were far better and much more enjoyable. Once we drove in the lady who greets and collects money was unsure of how much the collect from us and then ask us for two dollars more than what we owed. My husband corrected her addition... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

I usually try to see botanic gardens whenever I travel, my husband came with me this time. It was a lovely walk thru different varieties of plants from different counties. Kids were enjoying the children's garden which was great to see. Found out the names of some of the plants I had been wondering about. The orange blossoms were so... More 

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I've been to this garden before so I knew more or less what to expect when I took my wife there. It has sections with Australean and New Zealand vegetation, African and even from the Canary Islands (rare endemic species!). Interesting to see hummingbirds on some of those Canarian species, although hummingbirds do not occur there, naturally. Not too many... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

So many areas to explore! There are waterfalls, bridges, children's gardens, gazebos, picnic areas, and it's free on the first Tuesday of every month!

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The San Diego Botanical Gardens are worth visiting. There are historic plants, such as large bamboo. Great paths show labels for many of the plants. Many are blooming and there are many species for different plants. It is one of the best Botanical Gardens we have visited.

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Philadelphia, PA
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12 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After wintering in San Diego North County for 6 years, how did I miss this excellent attraction? Well, we visited this vast garden and were very pleased with its variety of plants and its general, and natural, layout. This is one of the best botanical gardens that I have been to. Not to be missed, even during a short visit... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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65 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The sun was shining. The flowers were blooming. There were no crowds. The SD Botanic Garden was a PERFECT place to spend hours strolling, enjoying, and learning. Note - even if you do not have children, go into the Children's Garden section. It is lovely and has 2 of the biggest Adirondack chairs I have ever seen :). Very fun... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I visited the San Diego Botanic Gardens as a stopover between S.D. and Orange counties, and I am so glad I did. I stayed overtime because the gardens are first rate … way better than I expected. I would recommend a visit here to just about anyone. The first thing I noticed about the property overall is that the landscaping... More 

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