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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 #20 of 215 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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Boulevard, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Everyone should get a chance to see the gardens and pond. Great afternoon picnic spot and stroll afterwards.

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

One of my favorite places in San Diego. A perfect place to snap your picture in Balboa Park. There are lilies growing in the water, lots of beautiful koi fish swimming around, and so many interesting plants in the botanical building. A lot of people have told me that they never went in this building because they thought it had... More

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The buildings are beautiful. Architecture is amazing. Love the culture offered in the many museums and villages as well as seeing artists in their studios.

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Grand Lake
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The architecture of the building alone, is worth seeing, especially as it reflects in the lily ponds that are dotted with turtles. Inside, is neatly filled with thousands of interesting plants, including a wonderful variety of orchids. And it's FREE!

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Went her in February and was amazed at the small space, but big display of flowers, orchids, and other plants. The lily pond outside was beautiful also. This time, just four short weeks later, the lily pond was empty😔. The orchids that had obviously died off over the past four weeks, we're not replaced by anything. The displays were whittled... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Free to visit. So many orchids, all types and every color you can imagine. The actual size of the building is small, but allow time to look at all the nooks and learn more about the species. There is a display for carnivous plants, but I didn't see a venus flytrap. I would have liked to ask a guide about... More

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Encinitas, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It's unbelievable that this is still free to visit. So beautiful, peaceful, and enchanting. Well kept area of Balboa Park is really a gem for tourists and locals alike.

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San Diego, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Nice place to take visitors to the area. Beautiful scenery. Lots of flowers and orchids in the greenhouse. I love the lily pond.

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Greenup, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

staff was very personal and knowledgeable. They shared many interesting facts, they actually seemed to very much enjoy their jobs.

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Calgary, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The building is interesting, but inside was nothing to enjoy and quite small space; which was shocking, as you can see so many beautiful trees and bushes on the streets of San Diego. Good thing it was free at least. Outside looks better than inside.

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