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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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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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Bring your camera! Huge variety of orchids as well as many other plants inside the botanical building. Koi in the pond. Very relaxing sitting along the pond and enjoying the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Bring your camera! Huge variety of orchids as well as many other plants inside the botanical building. Koi in the pond. Very relaxing sitting along the pond and enjoying the surroundings.

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I have been here so many times, since I have lived in San Diego most of my adult life. I have a few memorable moments, however. The first was on a field trip with a Fifth Grade class from Fame. We sketched the pond with its koi and water lilies contrasting the early 20th Century architecture (Think Monet). Mine looked... More 

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New Hope, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

No cost and it's gorgeous you literally have nothing to lose. It is very pretty inside and on the surrounding grounds. Sometimes musicians play outside and it adds to the ambiance.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A bit of history - at one time the building was a nudist colony! Now, it has a wide assortments of botanical plants and a beautiful large outdoor lily pond to catch a few large koi. Nice place to sit, read a book and do people-watching!

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bonita, ca
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

When ever at Balboa Park I always make sure to take a walk through to see the plants. Take a stroll by the pond to see fish and turtles.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Very nice. I have never seen so many different, gorgeous orchids before. Bring your camera!! We were here before Easter and there was also a beautiful display of Easter lilies also.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

When I went there was NO CHARGE< it was open and there are lovely plants, orchards...it amazing. Get ideas for your landscape projects!! The entire park is beautiful!

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We came in from the Great Coastal Northwest. And we saw what we only see inside. Let me back up. This grounds of the park are wonderful. We strolled along the pond, viewed the Koi, and were sold. Then into the main structure. All the lovely orchids and unusual tropical plants. My wife loved it. It was then that we... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visit the Botanical Garden before it is completely redone. The Lily Pond is a photography favorite and the orchids and other exotic plants within the building are lovely. Plans are to close the garden and redo it in the future so see it now for a before and after look.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a building that should never be missed. It's iconic in San Diego. Featured in many pictures on the outside, it's insides also make wonderful memories and noteworthy pictures. If you are also focusing on health or strolling with kids, the pure air quality is uplifting as with any garden, this has special quality of light and air in... More 

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