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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
+1 707-964-4352
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems. Mendocino... more » Owner description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue ocean, the garden is a jewel on the Pacific Coast. Open daily except the Saturday after Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. March-October 9am-5pm, November-February 9am-4pm. Rhody's Cafe, located in the Gardens, serves fresh, locally made lunches, coffee drinks, desserts, and Cowlicks'Hand Made Ice Cream. Picnic lunches are available. Open April-September, 11am-4pm. The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaze are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe. « less
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foothills..ca.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Vey nice low key way to see local flora and fauna. Plenty of room to walk around. Late in the day is good.

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Soulsbyville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I love the gardens, the building could use some maintenance. I enjoy the knowledge given about the many different plants.

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The gardens are better than ever. The dahlia garden was at peak beauty on our visit. Don't shy away from doing the full walk out to the bluffs -- rhodys, fern canyon, birds, and maybe whales await.

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Granite Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is a botanical garden that sits on the ocean's edge which combines the outstanding plants with a fantastic view of the ocean. Regretted that we didn't visit in April or May when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Botanical Gardens in Ft Bragg are lovely. Allow at least 1 1/2 hours to stroll through the gardens. Your stroll will take you to the sea where you will have spectacular views of the Mendocino Coast. The flowers are beautiful and the trees enchanting. Well worth the time. Don't miss it if you enjoy nature.

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The gardens where great. So many flowers and different trails to follow. It was nice there was no guided tour, you could just walk at your own pace and take in all of the sites. Would go back again.

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It's unbelievable that they allow dogs in here. We were lucky enough to show up the day they held the "Dog Days of Summer" event, which was superb. We wish we showed up in time to enter our dog in the "best dressed" contest. Nonetheless, she had just a swell time wandering the grounds, exploring new sights, taking in new... More

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have visited the botanical gardens many times during different times of the year. We visited there last 2week 7/9/2014. It was a beautiful day and as we made our way to the dahlia garden a woman was there with two dogs. The dogs started barking and barking. It ruined our time at the garden. She had no control of... More

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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We spent a few hours wandering through the gardens all the way down to the beach. Late June seemed a perfect time to be there.

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santa clara, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

$14 fee to enter. Thought it might have been too much, but we were wrong. So much to see. Lot's of "off the beaten path" paths. Plenty of flowers in bloom at any time. At one point you come to a bluff w/ amazing views of the coast. Great to bring a picnic and just relax watching the waves, and... More

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