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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
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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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Easy hike...just what I needed

My fiancé and I decided to come to the botanic gardens instead of doing a more strenuous hike, mainly because I was too hungover from celebrating our proposal the night before... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Devon G
Houston, Texas

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Given Santa Barbara's warm climate, I was expecting the gardens to be large and include more diverse plant life. The garden does have a sequoia tree that is large and is worth seeing if your California visit does not include a trip up north to see the sequoias. If you love gardens, I recommend a trip to the Santa Barbara... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful area to go for a stroll. Well maintained and peaceful. We were there for a short time, but still got to see a wide variety of flora

Thank corinat791
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice area to go if you want to stay close to town and just want a short walk in a quiet area. They have a very nice trail around the perimeter of the garden. I would guess 15 acres. There is a small dam in the garden that was built by the native Americans in the early... More 

Thank Harley_guy2013
Vacaville, California
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the garden and were terribly disappointed. After paying $26 for two seniors and an adult to get in, there isn't much to see. They told us the "meadow" is really pretty in the spring, but at this time of year it's just a brown, yucky area. They are very proud of their redwood grove, but it's really... More 

Thank beaglemom22
Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiancé and I decided to come to the botanic gardens instead of doing a more strenuous hike, mainly because I was too hungover from celebrating our proposal the night before! While the drought has taken its toll for the most part on the vegetation (that and it was off season), it was still fun to see the giant redwood... More 

Thank Devon G
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although California has been hit with a long standing drought, that is no reason to expect that a walk through this wonderful Botanic Garden would not provide hours of enjoyment and wonder. Being from the East it was great to see the alleged tallest Redwood at 379 feet and 700-800 years old.

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santa barbara
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of Santa Barbara's Jewels! Wonderful dog friendly walking paths through all different kinds of plants and trees. One of the largest collections of CA native plants. You will really enjoy your experience!

Thank bobinsantabarbara
Bullhead City, Arizona
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Self-guided tour. Even though it was autumn, and amid a drought, the gardens were beautiful. My favorite was the redwood grove...a most peaceful place. Staff was knowledgeable and when I asked about the best time to visit to see the gardens in bloom, I was told to call about mid-March for updates on the best week to visit in the... More 

Thank Charlie C
Los Angeles, California
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This is the best! It showcases the most beautiful native plants. If you are looking to purchase native plants that are drought tolerant this is the best place. Get on their mailing list to be notified about the annual plants sale.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

because the location is inland and away from the water, this can get very warm and humid. nevertheless, if plants and flowers are your thing, its a very nice location and quite well done.

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