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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Riverside
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Los Angeles
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283 reviews 283 reviews
236 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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
52 helpful votes 52 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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168 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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38 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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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