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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

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Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
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This is an amazing installation. Walking through the maze of sculpted animals and totems, I was transported from my every day cares to such a peaceful, safe and inspiring place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an amazing installation. Walking through the maze of sculpted animals and totems, I was transported from my every day cares to such a peaceful, safe and inspiring place. The varied and exquisite colors, shapes, and immensity of the figures and stones developed a sense of awe and freedom.

Thank PopsGrandma
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I've been wanting to see Queen Califia's Magical Circle so I drove to Kit Carson Park. There is parking close by and then one walks to the area. There is some viewing one can see from the fenced off area; trees however obscure the view. As such, its very difficult for visitors to the area to see it. The sign... More 

1 Thank mini
Escondido, California, United States
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We first came upon this sculpure garden when the tiling was being completed. A few of her sculptures are in Balboa Park but none compare to this display. The magical creatures wind their way around and the small park. One can appreciate the mosasics from outside but wandering inside the enclosure is best. I am a resident of Escondido and... More 

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Escondido, CA
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I am a docent at Queen Califia's Magical Circle .It's a unique and beautiful place by the artist Niki de St. Phalle. Presently open only the 2nd Saturday of each month from 8am till Noon in the Summer and 10am till 2pm the rest of the year. Check with the City of Escondido for specifics.

1 Thank CARedflame
Paris, France
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

This magical garden is nestled in the back of Kit Carson Park, a big surprise if you don't know it's there! The artist, world renown French Niki de Saint Phalle created this garden for children. Large animal like mythological creatures all covered with multi colored mosaic tiles are what makes up this unique garden. Some animals are for climbing while... More 

Thank Lynner2
Brooks, Kentucky
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I have never seen anything quite like it. The detail, color and design were unique. A definite must see!

Thank kycats941
Escondido, CA
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Escondido was fortunate to have been chosen by artist Niki St. Phalle for this large mosaic sculpture installation. She was an international artist with major installations worldwide. Very striking and beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I came here before it was literally close 24/7 You could actually walk in at any time of day/ night And be in awe But I know that there was vandalism so now it is basically closed 24/7 which sucks But it's a nice sculpture

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Escondido, CA
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71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I've been in Escondido for three years and finally got to see this beautiful sculpture park! It has been closed for a long time but now it is open again from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm the 2nd Saturday of each month. Be sure to go see this!

1 Thank Doris S
Escondido, California
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23 reviews
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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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