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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Unbounded Beauty

A walk through this building will refresh you. The varied colors of the orchids and flowers are breathtaking. The architecture of the building itself is worth exploring. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
jimmybee2015
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A walk through this building will refresh you. The varied colors of the orchids and flowers are breathtaking. The architecture of the building itself is worth exploring. The Lily Pond is a favorite spot for picture taking and beauty.

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West Jordan, Utah
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45 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This really is just a building, not a garden, but it is a beautiful one. The orchids that were on display while we visited were really stunning. The plants are clearly labeled and they have a nice variety. If you're in Balboa Park anyway and you love plants you should definitely make this a stop. This particular location in the... More 

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Ogden, UT
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36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This was a BEAUTIFUL botanical garden! I've never seen so many colors and varieties of orchids. It is a large building and was so fun to take pictures of the beautiful flowers. The lily pond out front is huge and filled with koi fish and lily pads. Very beautiful.

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The consevatory is small, but filled with beautiful and unique flora. The Lily pond is recovering nicely from the water balloon fiasco of several years ago. It has both turtles and beautiful Koi.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was our favorite place. Sitting beside the Lily Pond, listening to the beautiful live music, we forgot we were in the middle of a very busy city and we also forgot all about time. The Botanical Building has orchids beautifully presented and many other spectacular plants.

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San Diego
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Botanical Building is a beautiful structure with many beautiful plants, trees and flowers. A nice Bonsai exhibit and when they have Orchids it is great. The lily pond out front is great when the Water Lillie's bloom and Koa Fish are swimming. Look for the Turtles, a very nice place to sit and relax.

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San Diego, California
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17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Being plant folks, we really enjoy botanical gardens. In this case the plant collection in Balboa Park is great. The lily pond out front is beautiful and should still have Japanese carp (koi) to watch. It is one of the attractions for the park.

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Fountain Valley
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Everything about Balboa Park is great - so much to see and do all in one place. Plan on spending at least a day to enjoy it

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This garden is free of charge, located very close to the visitor's center and the Prado restaurant. You can take as much or as little time to go through the garden and pool. On a sunny day, street performers hang out by the pond and it can get a bit crowded. Come back and visit during different times of the... More 

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San Diego, California
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109 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a beautiful place to visit and wander through. The pond and garden s are peaceful and soothing.

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