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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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Hidden gem on the way to the Safari Park

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
djodland
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Simi Valley, California
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Simi Valley, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank djodland
San Diego CA
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank CaChick
Escondido, California
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49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Thank Jack B
Northern California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars 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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Thank GoThunda
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

It's free. Located at Kit Carson park, close to the duck pond or swings. It's very creative,colorful, texture of different tiles which was hand made. It's kinda a maze at the entrance.

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Thank JXIMINES
Escondido, California
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Beautiful mosaic sculptures beyond imagining. Colorful,whimsical and fascinating. Even adults will be amazed at the creative spirit of these statues. Children can play on them ang in and around them. It is a children's paradise.

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Thank Renate R
Oceanside, California
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Driven by on several occasions and decided to stop by. This is a tough one to describe so here goes. A static attraction designed by a 'flamboyant' artist and located adjacent to a popular Escondido park. This circular concrete structure is reminiscent of a fanciful maze. Whimsical in design with a decidedly eccentric flair. As you walk through the entry... More 

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Thank CAAvocados
Columbia, Missouri
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604 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

I watched this being constructed several years ago. I stop in every time I'm in Kit Carson park. It's a fun place for kids and special parties. It's a bit garish for my tastes, but I'm not a child, and it is confined to a fairly small space, so doesn't intrude on enjoyment of the natural area.

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Thank Edge W
Escondido, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is anything but magic. a bunch of mosaic tiles and mirrors. A true waste of time and the city's money. Probable ok if you are high on lsd

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