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Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

1250 Orchid Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 967-1284
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Ranked #20 of 57 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The first time I visited this place I tried to befriend the owner so he would bequeath me the place. I am still working on that. I am a local and come here every year. Usually in the spring, but they have great stuff year round. This is not your fancy boutique nursery. This is an engrossing hands-on sensory overload... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Whether you like orchids or not, you should plan a visit here. They ship worldwide and are extremely well known. I've had friends from elsewhere ask me to bring them here. No one will bother you as you wander through the enormous variety of species, but if you have a question they are most willing to help.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

There a lots of beautiful flowers both inside and outside. It was better than a lot of formal gardens I have paid to tour. I'm now officially in love with orchids, can't wait to choose some for display in my home!

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This place is amazing! I couldn't believe how many different orchids they had, it was like a maze walking up and down all the aisles. We had a bit of a traumatic incident involving a spider and a tiny bird's nest, but that just speaks to the jungle-like quality of the place, haha! My favorites were some of the really... More 

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Bakersfield, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I feel a bit guilty promoting this place on a travel website because really it is a business, not a tourist attraction. The owners were friendly and allowed us free range inside the greenhouse. The flowers are all really beautiful and if you are an orchid fan, definitely check it out. Even better if you want to buy one (which... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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264 reviews 264 reviews
108 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

For the first time in my life i've seen lots and lots of orchids in one place, its like a forest, only you see beautiful different colors and shapes (petals) of orchids. Its like you're in a fantasy land, unbelievable.Really really nice place to visit. The best time to come here is the month of March. Make sure, you bring... More 

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Northern California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
50 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Orchid lovers will not need to read this or any other review re Santa Barbara. The town is one of America's major orchid producers and the SB show one of the largest in the nation. SB Orchid Estate is one of the larger growers in town and since we have limited experience it is perhaps not the most interesting or... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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176 reviews 176 reviews
45 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This place was inundated with orchids. I have never ever seen so many orchids in one place in my life! Nice place to visit.

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South San Francisco, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

If you love orchids, you must drop in to visit Orchid Estates! They have all types and colors on display for you to purchase. It'll be hard for you to leave with just one selection, as they will all excite you with spectacular color and shape! A reviewer mentioned $10 to $20 orchids at their local supermarket, but these usually... More 

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Santa Barbara
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

At one time, Santa Barbara County growers held a rare stock in trade, orchids that couldn't be found elsewhere. In recent years, importer sand large scale local growers have flooded the market, so that anyone with $10-$20 can find a beautiful orchid at a local retail supermarket. SB Orchid Estate, one of the early hybridizers, doesn't even try to compete... More 

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