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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103 (Balboa Park)
1-619-239-0512
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Ranked #22 of 231 Attractions in San Diego
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Type: Gardens
Description: 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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279 reviews 279 reviews
133 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Romantic spot - great for weddings - beautiful plants and flowers - especially orchids! What's not to love!

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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was the prettiest collection of exotic orchids ever! I never realized how pretty coy fish were.

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washington dc
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The lilypond in front of the building was very pretty; it was filled with many different colored lilys and big koi and a few large catfish. There was no charge to go into the building which was filled w/lots of orchids and many other tropical flowers and plants. Dont miss it. You can see it all in less then 20... More

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MN
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163 reviews 163 reviews
68 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were lucky to see the amazing orchid display in this fascinating open-air building. The plants are beautifully displayed. The lily pond outside the building is lovely and peaceful.

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The best thing in Balboa Park. Beautifully maintained and so peaceful. If you have kids try to keep them quiet as it's just naturally a quiet place.

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San Diego, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a wonderful place to sit and ponder or take a break from the day or maybe a picnic. It's just lovely.

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Phoenix, Arizona, Usa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Wlak around the old park, this is a part of history that seems stuck in a time warp. Many things to see around the older building.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What a gorgeous oasis! So many beautiful palms and flowers for me to swoon over (and for my brother-in-law to pick out for his SD back yard!). My 3 year old niece enjoyed the touch and smell herbs. With some classical music floating through the air, it was about as beautiful and perfect as a little space can be. Don't... More

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Orange, Virginia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
36 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This was a delightful experience. We went on a Monday morning, so the building was not crowded and we could take our time strolling through it. The orchids are stunning and everywhere. The tree ferns were among my favorites and I was continually laughing about the fact that many of the exhibit plants were ones I had growing in pots... More

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Salem, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Very cool free sight seeing. Beautiful plants. Friendly atmosphere. A must visit while in the park. Many other things to see while there too

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