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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4726
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Ranked #23 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
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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La Jolla, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is NOT a place to bring people who want to see botanical garden, this is a great place to donate money, BUT not worth a long drive to do so. We hoped to see the actual plants and flowers and got a hike and not much else.

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Santa Maria, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Although a not-for-profit that lives on visitors dollars, I am still compelled to at least alert others that this is a great place to donate money, BUT not worth a long drive to do so until AFTER (God willing) rain and a return to non-Drought conditions. Took my Mom for her 71st and realized we paid $18 for a hike... More

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Massachusetts, USA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It was probably foolhardy to visit a botanical garden during a drought, but I would say we agree with "T M"--except we didn't have the advantage of seeing the turtle! Given that the garden has only native California plants, it would be helpful to have identifying labels for those of us from another part of the country. In cooler weather,... More

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Rochester, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I guess I had the wrong expectations. I was expecting a garden setting with different kinds of indigenous gardens, but it was mostly an overgrown mess - more like taking a walk through the forest. It was overgrown and much of it was brown and dying from the drought. The only thing worth seeing was the turtle and the small... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
61 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I had a nice hike here. There were quite a few trails to do. They were all beautiful and had a lot of trees, which provided a lot of shade. It was still humid, though. They had a nice little gift shop, too. There was a fee to enter.

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Tucson
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111 reviews 111 reviews
35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was a nice place to take a quiet relaxing walk. It was not strenuous but we did get a little needed exercise. the plants and trees were interesting and being in the hills above the town and interesting drive.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We seniors visited the SB Botanic Garden during a recent afternoon adventure and enjoyed walking the trails. The history of the water dam and mission supply was educational. There are many interesting and historical markers to read along the way. Our favorite area there was the redwoods grove. After completing our walk,we returned there a second time to relax and... More

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Long Beach, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We spent a lovely afternoon at the botanic gardens! We wore walking shoes and brought in bottled water. There are several different hiking trails or you can follow the "main" hiking trail that leads you through each garden. We started off doing the main trail and once we looped back to the entrance we doubled back and took different trails... More

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Ventura, California
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden is a hidden gem in a canyon. A creek trickles past a redwood grove, to a Mission Days dam, through oaks and other California natives. During the spring, a wildflower meadow bursts with color. There are desert plants in one area, a small pond with turtles in another, trails throughout for strolling through all the... More

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Indio, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We went to this Botanic Garden on their annual Trails 'n' Tails day to celebrate national dog day with our little chihuahua. One adult could get in free if he/she brought their dog. It was our first time here so we didn't know what to expect. There were lots of people of all kinds with dogs of all kinds. The... More

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