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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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Cool, relaxing respite!

Great variety of plants and flowers. Pretty lily pond. Beautiful park setting. Makes for a lovely stroll. Check online, certain days of the week it is free to enter many of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Jamaica, New York

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Jamaica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great variety of plants and flowers. Pretty lily pond. Beautiful park setting. Makes for a lovely stroll. Check online, certain days of the week it is free to enter many of the museums and sights while visiting.

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Good thing I was Fitbit ready. Balboa Park is huge! The Botanical Building and Lily Pond were beautiful. Got up close and personal at the Lily Pond and got some great pics of the turtle and fish life there.

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New York City, New York
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit. It's free. The building itself is quite interesting since it's made if slats of wood rather than a greenhouse made of glass like you find in the colder parts of the country.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

That's what they say anyway and there were plenty of people snapping away. It's very pretty: the lily pond is picture perfect and kids will love the ducks and shoals of improbably large goldfish which live in it. The botanical building has an impressively intricate wooden frame and houses a vast array of Mediterranean trees and shrubs. As there is... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Assume,Beautiful,Serene and some of the best species of botanicals I have seen on the West coast! Be sure to make a day of it ! The lily pond is breathtaking!

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Reminds one of an English Conservatory. The building is great and the specimens are interesting. So is the lily pond.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This takes only a few minutes to tour and is absolutely lovely. It smells great, the air feels silky and the plants are gorgeous. Well worth a visit and the Lily Pond is photogenic as well.

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Palmer, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It was very well kept, the flowers were fresh, the lighting is subdued and it was not very crowded. I spent a lot of time taking pictures of the orchids. There were some varieties I had never seen before. Best of all it is free. Be sure to look carefully at the butterfly tree. It was full of caterpillars and... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is one of our favorite places at Balboa Park. The flowers inside this green house are so beautiful a well maintained. The restoration of the pond is complete now so that is back to its original state. We enjoy watching the koi inside the pond. Very peaceful place to visit. Lots of photo ops.

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Belleville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I have a small pond in my back yard and omg I wish I could have some of the fantastic Lilly's in this pond WOW I didn't know all the different colors were possible! Quite beautiful, with fish, koi and ducks. Unfortunately the botanical building was closed the day of our visit. I have been before though and the flora... More 

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Additional Information about Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Balboa Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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