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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

900 University Ave., Riverside, CA
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Ranked #7 of 22 Attractions in Riverside
Type: Gardens
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Silverdale, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Really enjoyed the diverse gardens showcasing the desert plants. There were a few items not identified, but overall a beautiful place to wander around for an hour or so.

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The UC-California at Riverside botanical garden is a gem in the world of desert and dry habitat plants. The garden has very nice compressed walking paths (nearly 4 miles of switchbacks).. much of it shade covered by drought-tolerant trees, and a range of beds that cover many dry habitats from around the world (California, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Madagascar, etc.).... More

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Fantasy Island
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

go check it out! great place for photos ! beautiful garden area !!!! and not to mention it's FREE ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Los Angeles
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137 reviews 137 reviews
38 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Surprised to find this very pleasant and shaded area on the campus. Trails meander into the adjoining low hills. Much of it is shaded in this semi-arid region. If you are on campus you should check it out. Only qualm is the timed parking by UCR.

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Lots of flowers, herbs, trees, and well marked plants. There are areas with shade, and plenty of privacy. A lovely setting for a calm restful afternoon.

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Arcadia, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The Botanical Gardens are delightfully peaceful. There is parking close by, and nice walking trails. Plants are grouped based upon origin or climate. The overall feel is less formal, and a nice place for a relaxed afternoon. They do have a very good plant sale in April and October, a website, and the Friends of the UCR Botanical Gardens group... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A quiet, beautiful, colorful place. Great for photography, for a walk, for sharing with kids. But hot in summer, as someone else said. While you're at UCR during your non-summer visit, plan to check out the many other events of interest - music, dance, theater, lots of interesting lectures...

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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I really enjoy the botanical gardens. They are both relaxing and entertaining at the same time. I just wish they would have more fountains because it gets really hot in the summer.

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Wonderful place to spend an afternoon with family. Outdoor venue with educational information for all ages. Take a picnic or just get some exercise and learn about different Southern California plants.

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Moreno Valley, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a green oasis in the desert. Its so well kept, quiet and cool. I love to go here all during the year to practice my photography!

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