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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

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Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA
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Pow Wow

Went here for the Indian Pow Wow what a turn out and what a very nice facility, staff and organization dept was very helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tina B
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Santa Ana, California
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Santa Ana, California
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224 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here for the Indian Pow Wow what a turn out and what a very nice facility, staff and organization dept was very helpful.

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Riverside, California
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78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This very hard to find attraction is worth going if you are not infirm, given to blubber, lazy, and, of course, not interested in things horticultural. The facility lives on a steep hillside with trails that are both paved and unpaved. There is a rather short accessible trail but this place is mainly for the hardy. In fairness, we did... More 

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Thank Robert B
Los Angeles
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

December is a quiet month at the garden, with school not in session -- a perfect time to visit really. The cactus garden was the highlight at this time of year, but taking the meandering paths around the rest of the garden was enjoyable too.

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California
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The UCR Botanic Gardens have something for everyone. The kids can run off some energy on the shady lawns near the visitor center then look for fish and turtles in the pond up the canyon or watch butterflies in the butterfly garden. The cactus and succulent garden is my favorite, all year long. For the energetic there are many trails... More 

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Thank ssformation
Twin Oaks, Missouri, United States
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

You need to seek out this place on the campus of U Cal Riverside but it is worth the hunt. Covering a variety of terrain it is a very laid back botanical garden that, because of the hills, is not only a great place for a brisk walk but also seems removed from the surrounding area of campus, freeway and... More 

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Malibu, California
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705 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I'm not a horticulturalist, but it's always cool to wander in a park. It's even better to wander thru botanical gardens! I've been to at least three other botanicals--- and have enjoyed each.I like to check out the plants, trees and bushes that spark my eye for colors or smells. Several photos...real life is better. . Quiet...sounds of birds, crickets... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Very interesting place. You should go and walk around and view the plants. They are BEAUTIFUL. Also the stroll does great for your Health.

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Thank tobyjohnny
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a great place! I love the Azalea area they have on the hill side near the first bridge. This place is a fun for a hike or stroll.

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Cypress, California
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It's our 2nd visit after 10+ years! Due to lack of signage, we only accrued under 2000 steps from the parking lot, on the 4-mile trail mentioned in many reviews. A map of the 4-mile trail should be posted at the bulletin board, where you can pick up some free, $1 and $2 pamphlets about the garden, but NO map... More 

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Thank 8888liz8888
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

You like to hike? well this is the perfect spot. I thoroughly enjoy hiking here... nice and serene place in Riverside.

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