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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Never a dull moment!

You can walk the different areas and appreciate the investment to make this garden native to the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Santa Barbara, California
Decent park

We visited the botanic garden near the Mission. The area is lovely, relatively quiet and wooded... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nashik, India
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“native plants” (54 reviews)
“redwood trees” (18 reviews)
“gift shop” (38 reviews)
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Reviewed yesterday

You can walk the different areas and appreciate the investment to make this garden native to the place. I like to walk through the Redwood Grove and up to the old dam on Mission Creek thinking of the history that this place has.

Thank Anabel-2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the botanic garden near the Mission. The area is lovely, relatively quiet and wooded. However ,we were expecting something more beautiful. Botanic gardens in other cities are often exclusive and enjoyable. There were very some flowers in bloom, except in the meadow at...More

Thank Revyu
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the botanic garden up in the hills near the Mission. The area is lovely, relatively quiet and wooded. However after $12 entrance fee we were expecting something more impressive, especially as botanic gardens in other cities are often free to walk through and...More

Thank Francis0152015
Reviewed 6 days ago

My son and I visited the Gardens during a recent trip. We were able to bring our lunch and eat it at one of the benches located throughout the place. Although we could stay only about 1 hour, we quickly chose to go to the...More

Thank Joan L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This doesn't even compare to other Botanical Gardens and yet it's a $12 entrance fee no matter if you get there an hour before they close. This place is somewhat of a joke. 2 stars for the birds and deep canyon.

Thank MidnightSun38
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked up into the hills above the mission, this a gem. Particularly beautiful this year due to the profusion of blooms. Wish I had more time to enjoy the whole property including the new hilltop section.

Thank dziran
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits of local plants from sequoia to lupine are nicely presented in a quiet spot with miles of trails. The new Pritzlaff Conservation Center offers hilltop views of the gardens and the Channel Islands. Birdwatchers will be happy too.

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I joined a friend here last week and I must say I was surprised there was this gem in Santa Barbara! I loved the variety, and having the gorgeous mountains as a backdrop was breathtaking. I would come here every week if I could. It's...More

Thank HoneylovesTim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The map was hard to follow and the signs were not clear. Can make a visit as long as you want to keep looking. It was interesting to see the top of the redwood trees and the flowers were in full bloom. We had limited...More

Thank mcmc1225
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great walk through the natural habitat of Santa Barbara. the spring flowers were vibrant and lovely, much more to come in the next week of two. This is the time of year to take this in. The views are beautiful. Very enjoyable.

Thank Janice W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
We tend to visit places with our small dogs in a stroller, is this permitted at your place?
January 31, 2017|
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Response from Barbara B | Property representative |
Hello We do allow dogs on leash in our garden as well as dogs in strollers, but please know that there are many beautiful parts of our garden that you cannot reach with a stroller. Many visitors with strollers often park... More
Dena M
Planning to visit at beginning of October. What types of blooms and foliage may we see?
August 12, 2016|
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Response from abacusz | Reviewed this property |
Like those above, we were springtime visitors. The garden is not geared around manicured blooming flowers, but more to a natural environment, which includes a dessert growth area (cactus), redwoods, plus a Japanese tea... More
Amanda M
Planning to visit in late February. Will much be in bloom?
December 30, 2015|
Response from suzannesuz | Reviewed this property |
Hi from Suzanne, Spring blooms will be starting, as we have had some significant rainfall. Regardless if there ifs"full bloom" which usually wouldn't happen this early in the season, the gardens are so diverse and of many... More