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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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Visit during the right season to see the blooms.

I had a nice time walking the gardens. It was very quiet and serene. I went in November though and most of the plants were not in bloom, unfortunately.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Libby H
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Morrisville, North Carolina

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Atascadero, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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 3 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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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Morrisville, North Carolina
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I had a nice time walking the gardens. It was very quiet and serene. I went in November though and most of the plants were not in bloom, unfortunately.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Don't expect to find here the same level of botanic garden in Europe. Nevertheless it has nice hikes around Californian native plant species. The one that goes around takes you 40 minutes. The redwood is not as big as what you would find on the coast.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I have wanted to visit this attraction for years and never had the opportunity but I'm sure glad that I finally took the time to do so. These gardens have a variety of flora indigenous to SoCal and surprised me when I saw a forest of redwoods, which are native to our neighbors in NorCal. I was told by a... More 

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Orange County, California
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I can't remember why I went here, but I kinda stumbled upon it. I do remember I had a bit of a problem finding it, but there are signs. If you read them. Which I didn't. Which is why I had trouble. Lots of great stuff to see and a great gift shop and nursery that you can buy starts... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Overall this attraction was overpriced and underwhelming. We visited in January, having time to kill while we settled our daughter into UCSB. We visited in the late afternoon and enjoyed walking through a quiet park with few other visitors. We love gardens and trees so were keen to be won over. That it was winter and in a time of... More 

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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