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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Nice--but Dry--Nature Stroll

It's hard to be a botanic garden when you don't get much rain, but the staff still put together a good sampling of native flora. Great place to see coastal redwoods and to stroll... read more

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

It's hard to be a botanic garden when you don't get much rain, but the staff still put together a good sampling of native flora. Great place to see coastal redwoods and to stroll through various different-themed gardens. Could do the loop in under 1 hour, but there are side trails where you could easily spend 2+. May want some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our walk around the gardens through the various different areas. Definitely worth visiting and it would be interesting to visit at different times of the year

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we took the tour, free with the entrance fee; lots of trivia on plants and a little too hot to be standing around

Thank Dennis S
Ojai, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden is always changing and beautiful! The docents are always full of information on what is going on. New exhibits to see across the street.

Thank RozDe
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden was perfect as it's filled with only CA native plants and the walkways are groomed. We met very friendly staff and ended the day across the street at the new island overlook part. Comfy chairs, shade, and the gorgeous view. Don't miss it!

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The botanic gardens Would be lovely if there had been rain recently. They are totally dry and therefore dusty and the plants look sad. If you cross the road and go up towards the growing beds there is a little colour and the view from there is spectacular. We managed to spend about an hour and a half there despite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I love this place! The plants and walking paths are gorgeous. We love that all the plants are native and that the garden demonstrates the diversity of California's plant life. We have become members so we can visit regularly. I also enjoy taking out of town guests for a beautiful walk around the gardens.

Thank Kylene K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had always wanted to visit the Botanical Gardens but for whatever reason never made it up the mountain. I'm not really a "nature" person but have to say I was really impressed and enjoyed the time. The trails go through a variety of climatic zones ranging from desert to redwoods. I found the experience to be truly relaxing. Experience was... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Walked up here from route 101 as there is no bus. You could take a taxi, but we decided to walk. Not for the feint hearted but we enjoyed it. I actually think it is more like a natural but well preserved park than a botanical garden, but nonetheless it was worth every minute.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful and completely natural tree and botanic garden with a 2 mile easy nature hike. Great way to start your morning. Tea house with ceremonial celebration was closed on our visit, but would be interesting. Great sequoias and interesting foliage. We really enjoyed it.

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