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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

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nice sunday pm

a nice way to spend a little time. a nice hike from the parking lot of the park. a cultural... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2018
Fran T
A Unique and Special Place

Our family visited here recently. It was such a surreal experience, starting with the maze... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
Bakersfield, CA
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

a nice way to spend a little time. a nice hike from the parking lot of the park. a cultural experience for all ages.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Fran T
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Our family visited here recently. It was such a surreal experience, starting with the maze entrance to the stunning mosaics. We talked with the docent who talked about the artist and explained the sculpture garden. We went to Balboa park later that day, where we...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank dotfurio1
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

This is such a work of art by The artist! First name Nicki. The mosaics are stunning. In Kit Carson Park across from the school. Check online for hours as it is not open every day.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Kathyj9291956
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This sculpture circle is magical. Niki St Phalie created a wildly imaginative artistic world of fantasy. Unfortunately, the garden has limited hours. You will need to check for the current hours since they may have changed

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank LesfromSanDiego
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Great for families. It's featured on Roadsideamerica.com. The artwork is great. There are other things going on in the park. Frisbee golf, softball games, picnics.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Reyeskid8
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a fabulous sculpture garden by Niki St Phalle. This is her fourth major installation. It is extremely creative, colourful, and tells many great stories. The medium and material is also unique. Limited hours of operation Tuesday and Thursday from 9 - 12 and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank JoelK382
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here today on our way to the Wild Animal Park. Definitely worth an hour to see the amazing mosaic sculpture work. Unlike anything I had ever seen and I found it mesmerizing. We were there around 11am and it was very hot inside the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank meikag2016
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

This garden is truly magical. The artist has done other exhibits that are in San Diego City and we are blessed to have this one in Kit Carson Park Escondido. Totally worth viewing and bring your camera since you will be able to get some...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Diane C
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Queen Califia's Magical circle is about a 5 min walk from your car without children. Expect to walk on a well packed dirt walkway or over the grass. So if you have little ones it can take you about 20 min in one direction. It...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank karen l
Reviewed May 26, 2018

A garden made of mosaic - stone - mirror and more . Good for all ages, a maze to enter then all these amazing sculptures.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Brenda B
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Becky M
January 5, 2017|
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Response from jchfla | Reviewed this property |
Sorry about not responding sooner--I rarely check my Trip Advisor acct. I thought the Queen Califia's Circle was one of the neatest thing we did in southern CA. Can't believe it's not more well touted. Thankfully we ran... More
December 24, 2014|
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Response from nissan1515 | Reviewed this property |
I read a few months back the city of Escondido was repair some of the works, I don't know if it is open right now I would check out the parks website and call First. The first phase of repairs and maintenance has been... More
December 24, 2014|
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Hants, UK
Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden. (4 Replies)
Came across this, is it still there? Worth a look?
March 07, 2011|
Response fromjosiem|
I must admit I didn't check up on it, I just came across it on the 'roadside america' website, but it seems to be worth a loook.
Lampasas, Texas
Queen Califia's Magical Circle (6 Replies)
I saw mention of this in my internet wanderings. I see it is in Kit Carson Park in Escondido? how far from downtown? Worth a visit? Thanks in advance.
December 03, 2009|
Response fromRiff M|
HI there, You sure are finding all the things I have never heard of!! Escondido is on your way from Palm Springs to San Diego. It is about 40min. from downtown near the Wild Animal Park.