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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

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Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
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Gorgeous original art

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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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 

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Brooks, Kentucky
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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!

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Escondido, CA
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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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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!

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Escondido, California
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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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Escondido,CA
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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
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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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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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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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Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido

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