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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
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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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Aprx. 68 acres of botanic gardens and canyons.

A fun and interesting visit, the map could be a little clearer but we had fun walking the paths, seeing redwoods and the dam along with the Indian steps and the tea house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Some botanical gardens are filled with glorious flowers, blooming plants and lucious gardens. This garden is more of a natural setting in a hilly area and has few flowers and blooming plants because of the severe drought and water restrictions. It was a nice gentle walk and interesting to learn about the aquaducts the Chumash Indians built on Mission Creek.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A fun and interesting visit, the map could be a little clearer but we had fun walking the paths, seeing redwoods and the dam along with the Indian steps and the tea house. Walking along he canyon floor by the riverbed (now dry) was quite beautiful. No flowers in bloom in August.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you're tired of seeing just resort retail riviera of State Street or even the beach, experience the natural habitat of the canyons and meadows of the area at the Botanic Gardens. It will give you a vision of how beautiful native plants can be and to inspire you to incorporate this natural beauty in your own homes. Easy nature... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Since it is Santa Barbara and a botanical garden, I was expecting a nice stroll through an immaculately manicured, lush garden. This was far from it. It's more like a mini-hike through the woods with a lot of dirt trails. The seniors I was with couldn't navigate them very well. The fact that it was a hot day, didn't help... More 

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Huntington, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautiful place to visit- small but hilly- bring your hiking shoes! Good variety of plants and trees- very knowledgeable staff! Probably not great for kids!

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Atascadero, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Granted we are in the middle of a drought and it is July, but I expected to see maybe one flower or some bit of color, or unusual plant or beautifully designed area, or to have the tea house open so I could appreciate the architecture and culture but no...this was a place that looked much like the landscape along... More 

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Kahului, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The conditions of the garden was dry and it is understandable due to the drought that is happening in California. I feel maintenance is needed around the gardens and on the trails.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I made a point of visiting the Botanical Gardens (late July) at the urging of a friend and felt underwhelmed. The planting are suffering the effects of the drought, especially the meadow. Come in the spring!

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The place is small, a bit dry, but nicely taken care of. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Nothing special, you can see almost everything outside the garden.

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Lompoc, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I return to the SB Botanical Garden again and again. Choose any season of the year and you will have a delightful experience with nature - walking paths, botanicals, bridges, tall, tall trees, hidden trails and rich history. I am also impressed with the outreach programs/educational programs that are offered to people of all ages. School children often visit this... More 

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