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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
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Ranked #2 of 43 things to do in Escondido
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks

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Escondido, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is an amazing jewel tucked away in the Kit Carson Park. When our granddaughters were young we used to take them there and they loved it. The sculptures are so colorful, unique and creative. I would suggest that you check with the website before going to ensure that it's open to the public. You can also... More 

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Escondido,CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Amazing to have such a beautiful piece of art, right here in Escondido in our Kit Carson Park. As you enter the park, you will pass by the duck pond and as you walk you will come upon this work of art, wirth checking out!

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Escondido, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Going to Queen Calafia is like being transported to Paris or Italy or some other high-art European destination. That this magical sculpture garden is in humble little Escondido is amazing and wonderful. It is just great to walk past ponds where families are feeding ducks and kids our playing soccer and then,Voila, through the trees you arrive at an incredible... More 

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San Ramon, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
63 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We went all the way to Escondido to see Queen Califia's Magical Circle at Kit Carson Park, and found it toward the back, but it was closed! It's enclosed within a barred fence, and you can see parts of it by walking around the fence. The artist, Niki de Saint Phalle, was supposedly influenced by the works of Spanish modernist... More 

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Windsor, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Boy - did we luck out the day we visited this amazing place. We didn't know that this exhibit isn't open very often - only on the second Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM weather permitting - or for prearranged groups of 10 or more. There is a little walk from the parking lot to the... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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220 reviews 220 reviews
84 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We were excited about visiting this sculpture and drove out of our way to get there and even researched the directions on their web site to make sure we could find it. Disappointingly it is only open sometimes with a note posted on the gate to say that. Perhaps they can also provide that information on their website for future... More 

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Poway, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Never to be expected in Escondido, the Magic Circle is a fantastic display of the work of Nici de St. Phalle. Get some directions and spend an hour there.

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san diego
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126 reviews 126 reviews
48 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a hidden gem in Escondido, so pretty and I hope the City will maintain it properly. Fun for all ages!

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This place is great for kids to run around and play, but also excellent for adults to admire the art. Its a fun place for creative photography because of the variety of sculptures and colors. Be careful on hot days because its very bright and can get extremely hot too! There are lots of things to do in the surrounding... More 

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Nicki de St. Phalle's art is all about big installations covered in semi-precious stones and mosaics. She is gone but her art lives on here, at Queen Califia's Magic Circle in the back of Kit Carson Park. It takes about fifteen minutes to walk from your car to the park, and all around it, but it's a fun place for... More 

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