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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 237 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love strolling through here. Beautiful and more beautiful. Got some great flower photos. Cool looking fish in the ponds outside.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The architecture of this iconic building in Balboa Park, along with the beautiful lily pond in front, will remind you of the Taj Mahal. However, its open lattice work roof allows the elements to enter and nurture the large variety of permanent and seasonally decorative collection of plants. This is a quiet, reflective place and not for the rowdy crowd.

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Escondido, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a lovely location. It is very peaceful. I do not know why people insist on dragging their dogs everywhere though!!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The flowers/plants in the place were incredible. So many different varieties of orchids, air plants, and others I had no idea of the names of. The lily pond has nice areas on both sides for people to relax on. Lots of street artists which were very pleasant to listen to.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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288 reviews 288 reviews
136 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Romantic spot - great for weddings - beautiful plants and flowers - especially orchids! What's not to love!

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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was the prettiest collection of exotic orchids ever! I never realized how pretty coy fish were.

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