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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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washington dc
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
50 helpful votes 50 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
36 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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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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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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