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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Escondido
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks

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Barrie, Canada
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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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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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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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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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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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San Francisco
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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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