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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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This is a wonderful place to walk around and see all the native plants. The staff was very nice and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Orange County, California
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103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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Richmond, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a wonderful place to walk around and see all the native plants. The staff was very nice and helpful.

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The majesty of the Sequoia and the serenity of the Desert Gardens and the time and energy these wonderful people put into these gardens. What a peaceful and awe-inspiring day. Coming from the land of ice and snow, its so wonderful to discover more of North America's finest spots. Loved every minute of it. Kinda wish my Canadian garden would... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is quite an uninteresting visit. There are relatively few interesting plants and flowers to view. It is touted as having 5 miles of trails - really an exaggeration, probably based on a lot of closed trails, and because many of the trails run in parallel, just yards from each other, you are really not accessing anything like 5 miles... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

I come to Santa Barbara every year and usually just stick to State Street and shopping. We had a few family members from out-of-state so we decided to visit the gardens since we usually like these kinds of things. It's further up into the hills than the signs lead on to, and we did get lost because the signs are... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I LOVE the SB Botanic Garden! If you like plants, if you like a nice nature walk, if you like to learn about the California Chumash (Native Americans local to area), if you want to see a very early dam built to supply water to the mission, if you want to see a meadow full of wildflowers (esp. late spring),... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Went on the 90 minute Meadow Walk with the docent at the garden and had a fantastic time. The place is so beautiful and it's a great place to visit. I walked the Meadow, Redwood and Desert sections. Loved all the native plants and trees. The field of poppies was amazing. The Garden Growers Nursery has a wide selection of... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Before the day became truly hot, we spent 2 hours hiking all the trails. The meadow was in full bloom and the floral colors were gorgeous. The varied local plants are enticing, the Redwoods supply a stately presence and the cactus varieties are plentiful. We remain inspired. The ocean vistas reminded us on how unique the location us. We were... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful place to spend the morning or afternoon. Learned much about CA native plants plus got some exercise hiking around the gardens. Would be wonderful for families.

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Address: 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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