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San Diego Botanic Garden

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wonderful Gardens!

What beautiful, extensive gardens! If you enjoy lush greenery, this is place is a must see. My... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rockville, Maryland
Interesting Gargens

Great place to see many different plants and flowers. Plan on spending about 2 hours to see it all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dileep B
San Diego, California
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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...more
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What beautiful, extensive gardens! If you enjoy lush greenery, this is place is a must see. My brother, my adult daughter and I spent an enjoyable three hours or so roaming the landscapes in the gardens, covering most of the total area in that time....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see many different plants and flowers. Plan on spending about 2 hours to see it all. You can buy plants too. Interesting outdoor art. First Tuesday of each month is free for San Diego County residents.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dileep B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great family experience. Hike the many trails that take you through the landscapes from around the world. One of my favorites is the bamboo forest. Nearby there is a view tower to climb where you can see the ocean and surrounding hills. Hike to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Christine L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Gardens during a business trip as the zoo was too expensive. The gardens are broken out into regions of the world. It was cool to see the plants from various hemispheres. They have both wide paths and small trails, so it immerses you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Great spot for kids - firs tTuesday of the month is free admission. Our two girls (4 and 6) love the kids play area. Huge treehouse with climbing rope and more. Huge building blocks and sand area with trucks etc. and we look at all...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sue P
Reviewed October 23, 2018

enjoyed these gardens more. I found them to be interesting, but unkempt. The beauty can be found for nature paths were all around. The plant sale was going on so entry fee was lowered. There were many fruit treees unmarked so many rotten fruit laid...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SidBo
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The gardens are superb. The plants are beautiful and well taken care of. My only complaint, and it is minor, is that more plants should be identified. That said, visiting the gardens is a great way to spend 1-2 hours. You could probably spend longer...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BT20812
Reviewed October 14, 2018

An expensive walk around a garden. Took the kids , Visting from out of town, save your money and go the zoo. Looks like it's not getting the attention it needs, sorry San Diego , you can do better.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Z8740VVstephenp
Reviewed October 13, 2018

A huge and varied botanical garden, you can easily wander around here all afternoon. Use the little map they give you. The place is very shady and very peaceful, with countless gorgeous trees from different parts of the world, and some amazing-looking plants you will...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed October 9, 2018

My wife and I wandered the grounds for a couple of hours. Watch the weather, by the time we left at noon, it was getting pretty warm. There are plenty of places to stop and rest and lots of shady areas. The children's garden is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Henry B
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January 11, 2018|
Response from TraceyFogarty | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible, however many of the trails are up and down hilly paths. I would want a partner pushing at times.
February 16, 2017|
Response from Chet P | Reviewed this property |
$2 for parking. $10for seniors. If you get the free museum month card at Macy's all entry fees are half price.