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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Escondido
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks

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San Francisco
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

An amazing artsperience hidden in a rural neighborhood in Escondido, Queen Califi's Magical Circle is a must see if you are in the area. I would say it is easily one of the world's great wonders, Nikki Saint Phall (sp?) has embued it with her heart and soul and imagination; I felt like Alice in Wonderland here. Note: Go on... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is indeed magical. I have enjoyed taking the kids there many times and they love to play hide and seek and explore in and around all the beautiful mosaic tile statues. The sculpture garden is located a bit of a walk from the parking lot in Kit Carson Park in Escondido. We visited Queen Califia on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great piece of unique art that is located in a very nice urban park that otherwise has nothing much in regards to making you think this great art work is located there. Cool for kids to see as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

It is incredible that Nikki de Saint Phalle chose Escondido to install this superb piece of artwork. It is truly magical and appeals to all ages.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

One of our favorite places in Escondido. This is a must for everyone in the family. Queen Califa's Magical Circle is a fabulous art installation by French sculptor, painter, model and film maker, Niki de Saint Phalle. In this monumental sculpture park, you will find yourself surrounded by a wall with huge snakes. In the middle of this colorful mosaic... More 

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Escondido, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I will say it's a nice surprise to come across this exhibit in the middle of this park, however, the "art of it is wasted" on me.

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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

OK, this is really cool. The whole sculpture park is unique. You can find samples of this artist's work around the world, and there are some in Balboa Park in San Diego. But Escondido has a whole garden! The problem is that the City is not good at maintaining this treasure. Even now, the garden is closed, and it has... More 

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San Diego, California
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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

What a great place. The artist Niki vision and wonderful story telling ability through her art works. Not a lot to do here just look at all these whimsical friends. It is free to all. The city of Escondido is doing some repair work right now. If you want some fun family photos or even a wedding photo go here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My friend and I traveled to Escondido to run a half-marathon sponsored by Safari Park. The day before the race we were "hanging out" looking for something to do close to our hotel. I had read about Queen Califa's Magical Circle and was curious about what it was about; so we headed for Kit Carson Park. We both loved it.... More 

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Antioch, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

So I am only giving this place an average, for there is a large fence around it. We knew this might happened, but still wanted to give it a go. Once the fence is down. it looks like it would be a an amazing place to visit.

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