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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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A must see

SO many adventures and beautiful plants. I love the lily pond and all the koi fish. Sit back, relax, take a walk, and enjoy the beauty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Ruston, Louisiana
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Ruston, Louisiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

SO many adventures and beautiful plants. I love the lily pond and all the koi fish. Sit back, relax, take a walk, and enjoy the beauty.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

There is no other way to describe this lush oasis in the midst of the San Diego desert. The botanical building and lily pond both have a rich history that are worth learning and visiting - best of all they are both free! The botanical building was a great relief from the heat and the sun the day we were... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This building is home to some of the most extraordinary flora I have ever seen. I must've spent an hour here photographing all of the different plant species and marveling at the exotic flowers. The Lily pond outside is also an incredible site. So beautiful. Not much more to say. Would highly recommend this place!

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you love orchids this is the place for you. There was no charge to just wander the gardens but for a guided tour and more details a fee. The flowers were beautiful and full of fragrance, just delightful!

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

I spent about 3-4 hours here. They have the largest collection of HUGE Koi Fish I have ever seen! And the flocks of ducks roaming around put on a great show, they'll come close and make a fuss with each other. The free gardens inside are amazing, they have different scents and sights that are great to see. Truly incredible... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have seen better and bigger conservatories but this historic structure is amazing. The lattice wood work add a dimension to everything you see and lets you take amazing photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I really enjoyed the 5 minutes I spent in this building. Lots of nature to see in this little space.

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Vancouver, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My wife is an avid gardener & she was floored by the diversity of the plants. We both loved this exhibit.

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San Diego, California
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

If Balboa Park is the jewel of San Diego, then the botanical building and lily pond are the center gem. When exploring the park, this area is one of the most famous photographed backdrops for San Diegans and tourists alike. Imagine the outcry when a group of revelers with water guns went splashing through the lily pond one night a... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
46 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A wonderful place to spend several hours. The Botanical building is a quiet, lovely, cool place to see some amazing varieties of plants. And the orchids are amazing! We loved this place. The lily pond is delightful to sit around.

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