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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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+1 805-682-4726
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara...

With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events.

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yes to nature

You can always use nature as an escape and stroll around. Any age can visit and enjoy beauty. Take time to visit and just be in there.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can always use nature as an escape and stroll around. Any age can visit and enjoy beauty. Take time to visit and just be in there.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a beautiful place but was noir a botanical garden. This was more of a mile hike up and around the mountain. Its definitely overpriced for what it is. It was a great hike but not what we expected.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful visit to the gardens, which were beautiful even at the end of December! We took a nice walk that was about a mile in all, and ended up at the new section that has great views of the Channel Islands

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We started in morning, got our tickets each $9 approx . There are different rates for kids , teens and adults. There is one great view of ocean and many trails for different expertise. You can bring your pets and keep then on leash at all times. Carry water bottle for yourself and your pet, may be some snacks. Enjoy... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there in September and not sure if it was because of the drought but the gardens were dry, No flowers to speak of and none of the flora looked interesting. Would not bother to pay to go back. Better things to do in Santa Barbara.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the gardens on our way to the airport after a month's holiday in the USA. We had a great informative tour round the gardens, I'm sorry I can't remember your name but you were brilliant. This was a great find and a lovely way to finish off our holiday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an unexpected and delightful location. Some of the trails may be difficult for seniors, while many are an easy walk. They run along the ancient aqueduct dug by the Friars from the mission. The extension is well worth the visit. Walk to the end for a panoramic view of mountains on one side and the ocean in the... More 

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Cancun, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a natural botanical garden, not pristine but lovely just the same. The walk thru the various sections takes about 45 minutes with a small bit of steeper terrain on well marked trails. The redwood section was a highlight to me. Not much putting on a show on a sprinkle cool winter day

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

We took several friends visiting from Arizona here for a quick visit and then to lunch. The pathways are so enjoyable and show plants from all over the world, but focus on CA natives. The gift shop was amazing as well. We happened to be there on a day they were have a plant sale fundraiser and wished we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

We hiked all the way up from the old mission to the botanic garden. The place is beautiful for a nice and easy hike. You get a map from the ticket office, then you can easily walk around and enjoy the plants. There's a restroom behind the ticket office and a small shop if wanna buy something to eat or... More 

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