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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Address: 18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
Phone Number:
+1 707-964-4352
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays...

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue ocean, the garden is a jewel on the Pacific Coast.

Open daily except the Saturday after Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. March-October 9am-5pm, November-February 9am-4pm.

Rhody's Cafe, located in the Gardens, serves fresh, locally made lunches, coffee drinks, desserts, and Cowlicks'Hand Made Ice Cream. Picnic lunches are available. Open April-September, 11am-4pm.

The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe.

~Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.~

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A beautiful place to see!

If you like gardens then come here! They were setting up for Christmas so I got a sneak peek at all the lights. Make sure you go with plenty of time to wonder around. And for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Corona, United States
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Corona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like gardens then come here! They were setting up for Christmas so I got a sneak peek at all the lights. Make sure you go with plenty of time to wonder around. And for sure get out to the cliffs and sit a while and watch the waves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a cloudy damp day but enjoyed our visit very much! We walked along several garden areas leading up to the Cliff House with expansive, unobstructed views of the gorgeous rock lined Pacific Ocean. Recommendation: take the easy trail up...there are two options and obviously the way trail is a flat rise. All in all, thoroughly impressed and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoying the Fort Bragg vibe for over 4 days and it rained happily all 4 days. So it was no surprise that our experiences in the Gardens was going to be a rainy day. Free umbrellas are provided here but we wanted to play in this rain. You see, this was not going to be a "normal" day :-) Captain... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But for anyone who appreciates the diversity of flora supported along the wild Pacific Coast, this is a worthy place to visit. You may pack a picnic lunch if desired, and also, it's a pet-friendly area.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much beauty, such variety, colors, shapes, the unexpected...well cared for...worth the admission fee.

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San Francisco
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving in was really nice and got us excited to explore the grounds. We walked in and was looking around if payment was needed. Older gentleman was not friendly! Didn't acknowledge us plus when I spoke to him he just ignored me and just looked at my other half for a response. Payment was $14 which was a bit steep.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was enjoyable. Good scenery and smells from the plants/tress. Worth going and has a nice gift shop!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This attraction is incredible. We brought a picnic and indulged in beauty and a feast (from the Mendocino Market in Willits). A picture perfect day filled with sunshine and good cheer. The gardens were still picturesque, even during the winter season. Trails were varied and easy to manage for everyone I saw. Going all the way out to the end... More 

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Lodi, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

We have visited here before and enjoyed all the plants and trees. This time we attended their Christmas lights and really enjoyed it. It is offered on the weekends for $10. Great for kids.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

We visited the garden to view the holiday light show which an annual event. The garden opens just after sunset and runs until 7:30. The light show is not so much 'holiday' as just a clever use of strings of light to create illusions. It was worth the $10 entry cost. We did get to see some of the plantings... More 

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