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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Description: Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...
Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.
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Beautiful Family Outing

Beautiful place to take the family and spend the day wandering around. The koi pond is hours of fun for the little ones!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place to take the family and spend the day wandering around. The koi pond is hours of fun for the little ones!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

What an urban oasis! Except for the Christmas season when poinsettias take center stage, you can always find a wonderful display of orchids and greenery at the Botanical Building, a historic structure made out of wood slats and closed on Thursdays. Many tourists like to take pictures in front of the lily pond where koi and ducks reside.Sometimes a sidewalk... More 

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Took my gf to Balboa Park to see the Botanical Building (she's crazy about plants and flowers, especially orchids). She went crazy! There were so many beautiful and unique orchids that she almost ran out of memory taking pictures with her camera phone! She loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful wooden structure filled with California flora. It has a large lily pond in the front that is coming back after being damaged a few years ago. Great place to catch your breath while visiting Balboa Park.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite spots in Balboa Park. The lily pond has a variety of colorful flowers and coy fish. The Botanical Building houses a variety of tropical plants. It is cool and inviting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The garden and pond are both a must see. It is very peaceful and relaxing to sit and watch the fish and turtles. Be sure to wear sunscreen! It is easy to lose track of time and be in the sun for longer than planned. The garden is lush and artistically designed. Both are beautiful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great place to check out palms and orchids. They did a nice job. The lily pond is probably the highlight though. I love that multiple colored lily flowers and fish are in the pond. Great place for photos!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Really enjoyed going here while in Balboa park. Orchids are so varied and beautiful. What an interesting building. Saw hummingbirds outside of building.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Did you know this wooden lath beuilding is 100 years old? You would never know, since it looks so nice! Free exhibit with many different kinds of plants displayed and labeled well. Fish pond in front of building is nice too.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The lily Pond at Balboa Park is gorgeous and very well maintained. Great place to take pictures or just stroll around. The lattice work of the Botanical Building is impressive but it is only open on limited days so check the schedule if you plan to go.

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Additional Information about Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Address: Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Balboa Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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