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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

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Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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lovely gardens and peaceful location

I love walking thru these gardens and seeing what is in bloom and also finding a spot to sit for a few minutes to just enjoy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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2travelaqui
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love walking thru these gardens and seeing what is in bloom and also finding a spot to sit for a few minutes to just enjoy.

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Southern California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Miles of trails meander through native California plantings, plus species from Australia and South Africa. My favorite part of the garden is the Cactus Garden, just to the left of the entrance. Plants people will appreciate that specimens are (usually) carefully labeled. The spring and fall garden sales are amazing events. This is a beautiful, quiet, and under-used community amenity--... More 

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SoCal
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Just go! Great hiking trail - not too strenuous with multiple options/paths. The rose garden is breathtaking when in bloom. The butterfly garden's beautiful -- look for the small wooden sculptures in the shape of desert animals. Nice quiet outdoor place to take kids!

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Los Angeles
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289 reviews 289 reviews
239 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This botanical garden is located at the far end of the campus. There is parking right next to it for 25 cents per hour. There is a restroom once you enter. There is a donation box requesting $5. It is worth it. This was a lot nicer than other gardens we paid more for. On the LEFT is the best... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a great place to walk and reflect. There is a turtle pond and plenty of learning possibilities about different plants. They need more bench seating in tranquil spots.

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LosAngeles, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
8 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We love visiting botanic gardens and this one had some interesting plants and buildings, like the bio-dome. There are tiny signs indicating what the various plants are, but interestingly enough, no signs to get you to the highlighted places on their map. It's small and hard to get lost in, but would have liked a sign. The "nominal" parking fee... More 

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Riverside, California
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198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Located on the UCR campus. They have a small parking lot, which is crowded on many days. They have a large selection of plants, flowers and trees. It is a pleasant and calm area to visit. Great for photography.

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New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I never expected such a beautiful garden. This botanical garden rivals anything I've seen in SF or LA. If you have time, this is a must see.

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Silverdale, Washington
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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