San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas: Hours, Address, San Diego Botanic Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

San Diego Botanic Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.
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Saluga
Wading River, NY2,463 contributions
Sep 2021
We really enjoyed our visit to the gardens. There are so many different types of beautiful gardens, including some from other countries like Australia, Africa, and New Zealand. There's also an herb garden and a bird and butterfly garden with plants that attract them. Tickets are $18 and can only be reserved online with a specific entry time. `
Written March 11, 2022
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Allan O
Round Lake, IL10 contributions
Feb 2020
This botanic garden is well maintained and diverse in its collection of plantings. Kay gave an incredible tour today and providing wonderful details of the diverse vegetation brought from like climates around the world, coupled with native California varieties. It is always a pleasure to learn from professionals who are dedicated to their hobbies. We highly recommend this garden and find that it is top rated akin to our Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Written February 8, 2020
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atlas993
Elk Grove, CA466 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
I took my 4 and 9 year old as something to do while my husband worked in our hotel and it was a fun activity to kill a few hours. We got the scavenger hunt for the kids at the entrance and that was perfect. First we started at the children’s area, where they got to run around the treehouse and paint. The absolutely loved that! Then we explored all of the different flora and visited the tower for a view. We walked all over trying to find all of the scavenger items even stopping to talk to a very nice docent. The kids enjoyed being outside and getting to run around. I would really recommend spending a few hours at the botanical gardens!
Written December 29, 2021
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TNTNMN
Minnesota18 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
5 of 5 stars doesn't do this garden experience justice. We were looking for an fun, healthy outdoor activity where we could be maskless. Absolutely beautiful even in early February. Others provide great descriptions of the place. My review focuses on the art exhibit that is interwoven with the garden experience. There' a special virtual art exhibit going on until August of 2022 called 'Seeing the Invisible'. Using either a cell-phone available for free from the main desk or by downloading an app from the Play store to your phone, you can immerse yourself in the art of international artists while viewing the garden at certain waypoints. I wish I had downloaded the app to begin with so I could have saved earlier photos of the experience. It took me 15 minutes to download the app midway through the walk using my data connection, but well worth it. This visit and experience was THE highlight of our 3 week trip. It was a short 30 minute trip from Oceanside.
Written February 7, 2022
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kirbyfredstpaul
st paul214 contributions
Feb 2021
We visited in late Feb, 2021. Many complaints. The routes were confusing; you’d come to an intersection and there was no clear signage of which way to proceed. We wasted time going in circles and being somewhat lost. We met others who had same problem. All this after I asked at Admit Desk if we needed a map,and was told No, just follow the trail it is easy. No, it is not! MIT is confusing and unclear.
We noted many plants were dead or dying. Many beds poorly maintained. AND many plants had no identification tags! One main feature of a botanical garden is identifying plants. And yet here, over 50% of the plants had no identification. Could hardly believe this.
Lastly, on a Sun afternoon, construction workers were working with loud equipment, making that entire area polluted with noise. Hard construction going on, on Sunday-
Really? Don’t you have Mon-fri, normal work days to do this work?
We were so disappointed. I was embarrassed that I had suggested this visit. It was sorely disappointing. Surely not worth the $18 admission ticket.
Written February 28, 2021
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Seagolfer
Seattle, WA113 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
Very nice garden with lots of room to wander and explore. My personal favorites were the automated greenhouse, tree house viewpoint and bamboo forest. Nice way to spend some time in nature. The paths are one way and generally clearly marked. Entry is limited so felt like it was safe to visit.
Written December 5, 2020
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AndDeb
San Diego, CA27 contributions
May 2021
This is great hidden gem for locals and visitors! We took our niece as we are all lovers of nature. We made it at the end of the day after a few other stops, due to unexpected traffic (clearly the pandemics positive effects on traffic are gone). So we were a little late for our afternoon timeslot, but they were gracious and said as long at we were out by closing we could go in.

We went in and although we couldn't see it all we enjoyed what we were able to see and enjoy. Our niece was in love with all the varieties of bottle brush trees. Loved the other plants too.

Only things that could make it better are better plant signage and better path markers. That said it was a wonderful worthwhile visit!
Written May 19, 2021
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Renee C
19 contributions
Dec 2019
Stayed in Solana Beach for the month of December and went to the Botanic Gardens as 2 of our outings. We liked it so much we spent a second day there. The layout is great, they cover so many regions of the world with their plants. The displays are so well done. The succulent displays were my favorite. I recommend it. It's reasonably priced and they have a great little gift shop where we ended up buying Christmas presents. The volunteers were all extremely helpful. Also, they let you leave and get back in later that same day with your ticket.
Written January 7, 2020
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pmulle18
Southend-on-Sea, UK29 contributions
Mar 2020
Good value for money as only $12 for seniors. Lovely to walk through the many different displays of plants from different continents. Particularly like the succulent displays where they covered dancing figurines and the wonderful chandeliers in the Dickinson Family Conservatory which show cased the air plants. Highly recommend a visit.
Written March 6, 2020
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Gardengel-IoW
Crawley, UK579 contributions
Feb 2020
First off its about half hour out of town.
Seniors over 60 here.
Nice map but could have done with a few more signs on way round. Not overly impressed by planting but did like the living sculptures in Mexican garden, the living roof and some tile work.
The childrens garden was just a playgound, not garden orientated and disappointing refreshments as just available from a cart. It was lunch time when we were there and only 2 sandwiches left.
Small gift shop and plant sales.
Wasnt really worth the hours round trip out of town.
Written March 2, 2020
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