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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
Phone Number: 760 436 3036
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees,...

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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Nice gardens.

The children area was the best part of the gardens with many different actvities and learning opportunities. The gardens offers many different regions to explore and fun art... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lancaster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The children area was the best part of the gardens with many different actvities and learning opportunities. The gardens offers many different regions to explore and fun art displayed along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

San Diego Botanic Garden is a jewel in Encinitas. The children's garden is as good as any I've seen anywhere. The design of the center climbing tree gives access to the different levels of the garden. The quail exhibit is nice. The music, water and building spaces are really clever. It is a great place for children and adults. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In a word...."Stunning". This trip was relaxing, visually stunning and a treat for the senses. Restaurants close by and great for the family or an intimate afternoon with a loved one. A must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens. Particularly liked the rain forest area and the garden with the topiary statues. Lots of benches throughout to rest in the shade for August visits.

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have you every stepped into a garden and suddenly feel transported into another world? That is your sensory perception upon entering the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA. You know you are in the City of Encinitas, less than a mile from the I-5 Freeway, but your senses keep telling you that you have stepped through a portal of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is extraordinary. Beautiful gardens from all over the world. Great waterfall. We got married there 6 years ago. Just an ideal place to be at peace. Perfect for kids. Very reasonable entry fees. Plenty of parking. Food on site too.

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the cute aquatic themed succulent garden. I know it is an oxymoron but it was just adorable. Great specimens of exotic plants like an enormous pitcher plant, passiflora varieties, cork trees, and such. Loved the variety of gardens: children's, veggie, tropical, zeroscape, succulent, Asian, and exotic fruit. People who work there are very knowledgeable and have great stories about... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We belong to Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, so we're able to go here for just $2.00 for parking. THought we would just be taking a little stroll....well, we highly underestimated this place. IT was absolutely delightful. Many themed areas....very well done. I'm sure at another time of year with more in bloom it would be exceptionally beautiful. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to SDBG specifically to give our granddaughter the opportunity to photograph. She was not disappointed at the wonderful flowers from around the world.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Cant say much more than it is a botanical garden, if you love looking at plants over and over again you will love this, not that you see the same plants repetedly here, but if you visit numerous gardens like we do well you will have seen everything inside already, the building is one to be seen though if you... More 

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