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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

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Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
Phone Number: 17608394000

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An Unexpected Find

Googled things to do north of San Diego. This came up. Friends and family were not aware of this gem in their near by community. To look at these amazing mosaics only wants one to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Googled things to do north of San Diego. This came up. Friends and family were not aware of this gem in their near by community. To look at these amazing mosaics only wants one to know more about them. We were there on a day when no docents were available but that didn't matter. To spend time with these incredible... More 

Thank Elle912
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

This attraction is located in Kit Carson State Park. Many locals don't even know about it. Very minimal hours--four mornings a week plus one Sat. morning a month. Near the San Diego Wild Animal park.

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

I fell in love with this NIki de Saint Phalle masterpiece before it was built. Once while driving up I-5 a pick-up truck of one of her pieces cam south and I was so tickled and amazed by it I almost drove of the freeway. The sculpture garden is tucked away in Kit Carson Park and it is worth the... More 

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Mission, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

I have been to Queen Califia's Magic Circle many times and enjoy the way I can walk around the art work and experience it directly. I am somewhat of a rockhound and there are many semi-precious stones throughout the work.

Thank cooperschoice
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Recommend visiting when the docents can tell you so much about the artist . Niki created lovely exhibits all over the world, and Escondido is very fortunate to feature one of her creations

Thank tisha B
Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

If you love art and mosaics, this is a great stop for a few minutes before or after your visit to the world-famous Safari Park or to the Wineries nearby. Check out some photos online. The place is usually empty. Very cool. Reminds me of some of Gaudi's work in Barcelona!

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San Diego CA
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Delightful to see and I would highly recommend arranging a docent tour to learn the wonderful history behind this work of art and how it ended up in Escondido.

Thank CaChick
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Kit Carson park is a great recreation, picnic and open space park. I spent many evenings there walking my dog around the park. Hidden in the back of the park is Queen Califia's Magical Circle... a special sculpture garden. It is only open for touring on certain days....but you can still view it through the fence. Looks like it is... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

This exhibit is tucked away in the back of Kit Carson Park - it wasn't a struggle to find, but it did take us a few minutes of walking in the wrong direction and then retreating and retrying. You can't park very close, so I recommend looking at Google Maps Satellite view to get oriented. Words and pictures do not... More 

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Northern California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Disappointed they are only open the second Saturday of the month. We were not in town long enough. Might be nice if it was open longer hours and more days.

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