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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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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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lanex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This lath construction building is one of the most photographed sites in San Diego. One of the original buildings with a nice assortment of botanical plantings

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The reflecting pools by the botanical building are quite nice. The botanical building is historic and worthy of taking some pictures. Its nice that the botanical building includes beautiful orchids, palms, and other plants. Its quite pleasant to walk through. Its also nice that the admission charge is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A great place for a stroll with any one , family and/or friends .There are many museums within the Lush vegetations. There are Butterfly trees next the botanical building. You can see the caterpillars going through all it's stages( Monarch) There are much to see and learn. Some times exotic birds are showcased there you can pet and hold. It's... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

From small shade plants and ferns to giant palms and tropical trees, this enclosed garden has it all. With orchids, colored foliage plants, bromeliads and carnivorous plants highlighted in special potted arrangements, there are also particularly beautiful seasonal displays at Christmas and Easter to bring even more allure to this magical setting in Balboa Park. Sitting between our Natural History... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place with lots of gorgeous plants. If you are orchids lover - that's not your place :) But if you love tropical flora - it is! And it's for free!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Balboa Park is the jewel of San Diego, and the Botanical Building and Lily Pond are the jewel of Balboa Park. Make sure you go when the Botanical Building is actually open as it seems to be closed a lot for maintenance. Springtime is great there, as the flowers are abloom, especially the delicate orchids. You may see several brides... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We always enjoy a walk around the lily pond and visit the botanical building, Orchids were beautiful and artistically arranged, never get tired of it.

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Mariposa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Balboa park is amazing - don't miss this novelty botanical building -- orchids are stupendous -- lily pond delightful -- plan to spend the day strolling all the gardens-- then go back to see the museums

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Makakilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I love San Diego and this Lily Pond is a big part of it all. There's so much to enjoy. Walking is a big part of my life these days and my beloved Balboa Park is more of a joy than ever before. It's the jewel of the area between the museums and the zoo.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Lily Pond is more of an Olympic-sized pool of ducks and waterlilies and turtles. Fantastic photo opps abound, if you like to take pictures. The Botanical Building is like walking through a glorious jungle. The wood structure itself is worth a see if you're architecturally curious-minded. Really a lovely place for an afternoon stroll.

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