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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4726
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Ranked #22 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
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Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
Owner description: With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tehachapi, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you have never been to California and want to see the diverse flora and fauna, this is a great place to visit. Bring water, a hat and wear good shoes. If you have traveled in California, there is noting really new here. They have split it up into bio regions, that's kinda neat. However, for $10.00 per person, save... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

we found the walking tour very informative with some interesting flora and fauna throughout - worth the effort so give it a try.

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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Well developed trails guide you through several areas; Meadow - Redwoods along a stream - Cactus/suculents. Dog friendly on a leash. Our old guy gave out, so we didn't tour the entire site. Well maintained, volunteers, nursery with some good "buys" on native plants.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We found our way to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in late afternoon just an hour or so before closing and were not sure if it would be worth it to pay the admission. A very knowledgeable docent showed us a map of the garden and described what we would see and we were convinced. The gardens were almost empty... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Botanic Garden is a wonderful place. From the wildflower meadow to the redwood forest it is filled with great examples of native plants in natural settings. Stroll along the beautiful pathways and enjoy the various habitats and scenic views of the mountains and Mission Creek. Don't forget to visit the native plant nursery and the gift shop.

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Just a short way out of town but contains some interesting plants well laid out and accessed vis some interesting trails. Try and get there very easy when the Birds are most active.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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315 reviews 315 reviews
148 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

It is a really beautiful area, very well maintained, where you can have a mile or more walk looking for desert plants to beautiful flowers originals from California. Also, across the street, you can go up to a small hill and see the oceans and the islands!! The views are astonished, and the staff are very friendly !!

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Los Angeles
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

one of the largest native plant selections in California and they have an annual plant sale every April

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Oxnard, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I read some of the negative reviews because I couldn't believe that people had a bad experience here. Then I read the date they came. Timing is everything!! Since the garden doesn't irrigate like the city does, their plants go dormant in hot weather, so yes, it is not going to look wonderful in August. December is also dormant season.... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wasn't sure about including this in our itinerary due to lukewarm reviews on TA, but if you love seeing plants in a natural setting, as we do, this garden should not be missed! We did happen to visit right at peak wildflower season and especially enjoyed the large wildflower meadow with the Santa Ynez mountains in the background. We have... More

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