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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 225 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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123 reviews 123 reviews
35 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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173 reviews 173 reviews
106 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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San Diego, California
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199 reviews 199 reviews
94 attraction reviews
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
25 attraction reviews
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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