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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
Description: With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara...
With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events.
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Nice place to visit!

I would have given this an excellent rating if it wasn't for the entrance fees. We thought it was a lot for what it was but we always wanted to go and glad we did. Grounds are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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White Rock, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Very short and disappointing visit. Total deception going on here, as there is an embarrassing lack of flowers, (April) No snack bar... Waste of time and money... Better look at gardens in neighbourhoods!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We typically enjoy visiting botanic gardens and have visited many around the United States and around the world. This simply does not compare at any level to any we have previously visited. Sure - we enjoyed walking through the area but there was absolutely NOTHING there that we did not see along many FREE hiking trails in the Santa Barbara... More 

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southern california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I would have given this an excellent rating if it wasn't for the entrance fees. We thought it was a lot for what it was but we always wanted to go and glad we did. Grounds are beautiful and went on a nice hike around the property. Interesting place to see Redwood trees. Pretty flowers blooming everywhere. Fun place to... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My daughter and I took a short and very busy trip to visit family in Santa Barbara. Of course we tried to squeeze everything in. The visit to the Garden's was a virtual calm in the storm of our trip. It is very easy to find and parking is no trouble. There is a long walking path that leads you... More 

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buffalo, ny
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wows await you as you walk the easy paths. The sounds of the trees swaying, the birds singing, the chameleons running around, the mountain views combine for a refreshing interlude away from the city. A bit of heaven on earth. Especially the high point view of santa barbara from above with the ocean and channel islands in the distance. Priceless.

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Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visiting from Santa Barbara's Sister City of Puerto Vallarta I've heard great things about the SBBG for years and have been eager to experience their grounds for myself. I strategically choose my visit to coincide with their annual Santa Barbara BEER Garden event to enjoy plants along with some of the best of California's incredible craft beers. This proved to... More 

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Phelan, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

There isn't much botanical about this garden. It's more of a nature walk with a meadow, bridge, lagoon and lots of trees. If you're looking for colorful flowers, go someplace else. A nice walk in nature, then this is it.

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Columbia, MD
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been to this garden many times and always enjoy it. It's also a great place to take family pictures in a natural setting. There are several different areas of the garden, all natural, with a meadow, native wild flowers, a redwood grove, and a stream down in a small , shady canyon. There are long and shorter walking trails,... More 

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Lake Forest, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I love going to different botanic gardens. This one is great due to the lovely walks, all the trees and even the old aqueducts that the Native Americans built to bring water to the mission, which is right next door. At certain places you can see the ocean. Really beautiful spot.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The botanical gardens are very nice and tranquil, and make for a nice relaxing activity. I was surprised by the entrance price - especially for children aged 2 or over for which they charge $6. I understand the purpose in obtaining funding for the park, it just seems odd to charge that for a 2 year old?

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