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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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Description: Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...
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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Beautiful flowers, peaceful setting

I make time to go in this exhibit each time I go to Balboa Park. There are the most beautiful orchids and flowers to see, and it is a very peaceful place. I love how clean the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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San Diego
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I make time to go in this exhibit each time I go to Balboa Park. There are the most beautiful orchids and flowers to see, and it is a very peaceful place. I love how clean the air is inside! Makes you feel wonderful.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful free attraction! It was small but had beautiful flowers. Lots of lovely other plants as well. The lily pond was gorgeous too. Great photo opportunities here and a nice place for tourists to visit.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Tucked in the center of Balboa park is a lovely garden area with beautiful flowers and plants. Great scenery with beautiful views.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Balboa Park's showcase of all things botanical has never been in better form. Possibly due to the contrast of drought suffering landscapes about town, the sheer lush, green tropical feel once you walk through its doors is balm for the soul! Ferns, lilies, ginger, orchids, plumeria and many other breathtaking tropical varieties are on display amid cool ponds and dappled... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a beautiful place in Balboa Park. If you are into flowers, it is really great because they have a lot of species to see. The pond area is also quite beautiful. Bring a picnic so you can enjoy the scenery. Park at the Organ Pavillion.

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Galt, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My mom and I visited the botanical building and lily pond. The plants in the open air building were beautiful and I loved that everything had a name tag. The lily pond had several clumps of lily pads with flowers and they were beautiful.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

nice variety of all kinds of flowers and plants. what amazed me the most though is the wooden structure of the building. so intricate and detailed

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I loved the botanical building, with its beautiful architecture and the lush greenery and orchids throughout. The lily pond in front was also magical with koi and fish swimming among the lily pads and the ducks. It's free and it's well worth a visit.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It is in Balboa park and free to everyone! It is so much fun to go inside and see all the gorgeous flowers. The Lily pond is my favorite part of Balboa Park!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A must stop in Balboa Park. Such a peaceful place, sit and listen to the water trickle into the pond and enjoy the quiet.

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