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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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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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Small pretty botanical garden

Surrounded by the extraordinary Balboa Park, it is a nice tiny botanical garden inside a shading structure. Free entrance, worth visiting. On the front side, there are two... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Milano
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111 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Surrounded by the extraordinary Balboa Park, it is a nice tiny botanical garden inside a shading structure. Free entrance, worth visiting. On the front side, there are two beautiful ponds.

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Chula Vista, California
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

if you go to Balboa Park and miss this, it is a shame! It is amazing to see all the plants growing here in a semi open enclosure. Most places are enclosed and temp controlled. The beauty here is all natural.

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La Verne, California
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131 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The building’s exterior design is unique and along with the lily pond out front made the entire view gorgeous. There were ducks and ducklings to photograph, too. For the winter, the interior’s central point was filled with poinsettias to make the place very festive. The plants within were average. It is free and didn't take long to go through just... More 

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Oregon City
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86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister and I especially enjoyed our slow saunter though this tropical lath building built long ago. Nice pathways and courteous family groups also obviously enjoying their visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There is no charge for this area. It contains a large variety of beautiful plants and flowers. It is easy to get around also.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is nice attraction after a full day of sightseeing. It is peaceful and fragrant. The drawback is that the plants are mostly representative of one climate due to the fact that it is an open air garden. However, there is plenty of flora nevertheless.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on our honeymoon road trip we met up with our friend who lives in San Diego and she was our tour guide for the day. She took us primarily to explore the park, but personally this was the highlight for me. Such beautiful plants. A real treat.

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Thank Kate P
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plants are kept very well and all labeled, just a beautiful place for a walk or to have fun with family or kids.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this Botanical Garden in March 2015 and although quite small it has a very classic feel with beautifully layout of fauna. Its walking distance from the zoo and a nice change of scenery

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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186 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like everything else in Balboa Park, the Lily Pond and Botanical Building are worth the visit. The many trees, shrubs, and other plants in the botanical building are beautiful and well cared for. The temporary exhibits shown here are always interesting and contribute to the overall visiting experience. The lily pond in front of botanical building is a serene oasis,... More 

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