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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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Wonderful botanical garden

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Columbia, MD
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buffalo, ny
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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41 helpful votes 41 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

If you enjoy walks through the woods then you'll love this. We weren't really prepared for the distance or the terrain when we visited. When we think about botanic gardens, we think of a staged area where you stroll around and look at flowers. This is more of a nature hike. Strollers are not recommended and neither are wheelchairs. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is a wonderful, peaceful, natural California gardens area with Redwoods, creeks, natural flowers, it's not a manicured garden. The trails are wonderful and the views are beautiful! It can be a little difficult as there are many hills there are plenty of places to sit along the paths all natural stone or logs so they blend very well into... More 

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Las Cruces
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Six of us spent nearly $50 going into a the gardens and regretted it immediately. It was pretty small and uninteresting - all done in 30 minutes. The shop was nice but why carry stuff made in China?

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Enjoyed our nice walk around this beautiful setting. Not a lot to amuse kids but very spiritual and well maintained. Staff was very friendly and knowledgable.

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