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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 220 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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Tampa, Florida
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173 reviews 173 reviews
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You can't beat free admission. And if you like orchids, then you'll love the Botanical Building. It's a small building but there are still a lot of orchids to see. And the Lily Pond outside it beautiful, a great spot to take some pictures. Definitely stop by here if you are visiting Balboa Park.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A nice place to walk and admire the many different plants. There a quite a few varieties of orchids and ferns and even some herb plants that children can touch and experience the different smells.

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San Diego, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Located in Balboa Park, this is a nice place to stroll anytime during the week to get some fresh air and enjoy the different plants on display. The displays rotate during the year and especially during the spring when many of the plants are in bloom. It is not very large. It may take 20 minutes to walk the entire... More

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New York
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195 reviews 195 reviews
33 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Popped my head in and ended up spending 20 minutes here while in Balboa Park. The building and garden are exquisitely beautiful, and the cool air and the mist from the water make for an enchanting experience, particularly if you're there when it opens, right before it starts getting warm. Best of all - it's free. One of my favorite... More

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Rochester, New York, Usa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This bridge is 2 and 1/2 miles long to cross about a 1/3 mile of water. This is because of the Naval Base!! I think it is awesome!!!

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Miami, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

nice plants and flowers, very nice pass by... you can see it a a few minutes... while walking to the museums, the whole area is a nice walk...

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Wolverine, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The botanical building & lily pond was BEAUTIFUL! There were lots of different plants along with several varieties of orchids. There was also a "touch" garden where when you touch the leaves of these plants, your fingers will smell like that plant! Got lots of great pictures!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Although this is a small botanical garden it is definitely worth seeing. It has some really nice and unusual plants. We also like the section where you can touch and smell the plants. The Lily Pond is very beautiful. There was not entry fee.

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san diego
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141 reviews 141 reviews
57 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

You should not go to Balboa Park for just the Botanical Building and Lily Pond, but it should be a stop. Balboa Park is a complex of museums, gardens and pavilions that was built in 1915 for the California-Panama Exhibition. On every Tuesday, the Museums offer a shifting series of those who open free of charge. The Botanical Building and... More

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Sacramento, California
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10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Everything is clean and neat. We loved it. And is free to get in. We did not spend to much time in that place. I believe that people with small children will enjoy the pond and spend more time watching the coi fish.

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