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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103 (Balboa Park)
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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Ranked #19 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Small and not much to it. It's a quiet place to retreat from the weekend crowds. The Lily pond was apparently having some work done as the lilly pads were not there, just few koi fish and ducks.

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Hoover, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This was the number one thing I wanted to see in San Diego, and on my first trip into Balboa Park, unfortunately it was closed! So be sure to check before you go. Ultimately, it was nice but not quite the wow I had imagined. Worth seeing but you won't need much time.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Take a break amid the more high pressure attractions at Balboa Park and visit the Botanical Building. One of the largest lathe buildings in the world, it's like the glass conservatories in the unfortunate cities that are freezing cold in the winter. The Lily Pads were dormant while we were here in January.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Outstanding, small and at no charge! A must when visiting Balboa Park. I was there in December 2014 and the place was full of poinsettias. The visit takes 15min and you get a gorgeous background for your pictures!

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Sparta, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

They are revamping the area so some of it is under construction. I was a little disappointed with the greenhouse but due to the time of year there were hardly any flowers. There were some beautiful poinsettia flowers though.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

As a stop on our trolley tour, we came off at Balboa Park. We walked around and then stumbled on this hidden gem/nature's delight. It is not very big but it is very impressive. We got there to find out that were closing in 5 minutes. The worker was very kind to allow us a 5 minute scroll through. We... More 

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Longview, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

In the middle of Balboa Park next to the zoo. Best time to visit 9:00 before the museums open if you like taking photos.

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Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This facility is amazing! Beautiful! I couldn't get over that it is a free facility. Plants are clearly labeled and there are brochures/hand outs that give great info.

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Edmonton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Everone we saw wanted to linger at the pond outside and then walk through the botanical garden pavilion. It's beauty appealed to everyone, including my wife and I.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

So much history in one place. Balboa park was built to attract tourism that the "newly constructed" Panama Canal offered.The buildings are beautiful and hold a lot of history. The Botanical building is a showcase for botanist and the lily pond is just as special.

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