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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
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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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Start your day with a nature trail hike

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Mission Viejo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I brought my parents and daughter here on my birthday. We had a lovely morning stroll through the gardens. My mom was easily able to walk the main route despite having knee replacements and not being a real hiker. The paths and gardens have been well maintained and it's a lovely place to spend an hour or two. Plus, my... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went since she loves flowers. It is a nice walk in nature but not many flowers to see. Pretty disappointed. The redwoods are ok to see but nothing like Muir Woods in Marin County , Northern California. If you want to see flowers don't waste your time. If you have seen everything else and just want... More 

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Appin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely gardens set high in the hills away from the shopping and bustle of downtown Santa Barbara. Nice and cool when it's hot outside. Walks for all ages and levels. Nice little gift shop and garden shop with plants for sale. If you buy a membership it will let you into over 200 other gardens in the US> Well worth... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice stop off on a road trip - stretch the legs and slow down to take in botanicals native to California. Even had Josha Tree Park cholla's! Saw a snake darting. Good hiking opportunity in the shade.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the native plants, the historic mission aqueduct, and being in the shade of the large redwoods. The different paths allow one to choose more or less rugged or steep terrain. It was cool and quiet. Our only slight problem was finding the place. Signs would have helped us navigate the steep and winding approach roads. We will certainly... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Santa Barbara, and being someone that travels extensively, I find my hometown botanic gardens to be a real let down. First of all, I find California landscape to be pretty ugly, but second of all, it is brown 9 months of the year! If I were you...save your pennies and go to the botanic gardens in Singapore... More 

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Tucson AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These gardens have a lot to offer for the botanist, historian and hiker in you. Portions of the old mission dam and aqueduct system are still visible and date back to the early 1800s. The garden spans 78 acres and its well worth the price of admission to just hike the grounds and perhaps have a little lunch. We visited... More 

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