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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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Great place

Great place to take a nice out door stroll. If you have the time checkout the trials on each side... read more

Reviewed May 9, 2015
Ramin R
Beverly Hills, California
via mobile
An accessible urban canyon

Lovely botanic garden featuring various landscapes. Walk through a flower filled pasture, towards... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2015
San Diego, California
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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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“redwood forest” (19 reviews)
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Great place to take a nice out door stroll. If you have the time checkout the trials on each side. You learn a bit of history while walking through some really nice scenery. Friendly staff.

Thank Ramin R
Reviewed May 8, 2015

Lovely botanic garden featuring various landscapes. Walk through a flower filled pasture, towards redwoods (!) and a deep canyon. Note: this is difficult terrain for someone who has trouble walking. There are limited flat areas, including gift shop and nursery. On the whole, this is...More

Thank KFM214
Reviewed May 3, 2015

Native of Santa Barbara but had never been to the Botanic Gardens until yesterday. What an amazing place to spend an afternoon. The fields are still in bloom a bit and the well maintained grounds made for some great little hiking trails. The fresh air...More

Thank DanielleRenee805
Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is NOT the easiest place to find, it is located toward the mountains on Mission Canyon Road; but it worth the effort, parking is limited. Call ahead to make sure it is open to the public. Brick walkways wander through a beautiful meadow and...More

Thank Brian K
Reviewed April 21, 2015

The gardens were beautiful and tranquil and a lovely way to pass an afternoon. However, I found the entrance fees to be quite high for what it was. Gardening is my passion, and I enjoyed looking at many native plants and flowers I have never...More

1  Thank Kathleen225
Reviewed April 15, 2015

Very short and disappointing visit. Total deception going on here, as there is an embarrassing lack of flowers, (April) No snack bar... Waste of time and money... Better look at gardens in neighbourhoods!

Thank Rosemary S
Reviewed April 14, 2015

We typically enjoy visiting botanic gardens and have visited many around the United States and around the world. This simply does not compare at any level to any we have previously visited. Sure - we enjoyed walking through the area but there was absolutely NOTHING...More

1  Thank Val B
Reviewed April 8, 2015

I would have given this an excellent rating if it wasn't for the entrance fees. We thought it was a lot for what it was but we always wanted to go and glad we did. Grounds are beautiful and went on a nice hike around...More

Thank southerncaligirl72
Reviewed March 31, 2015

My daughter and I took a short and very busy trip to visit family in Santa Barbara. Of course we tried to squeeze everything in. The visit to the Garden's was a virtual calm in the storm of our trip. It is very easy to...More

1  Thank Roxanne S
Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Wows await you as you walk the easy paths. The sounds of the trees swaying, the birds singing, the chameleons running around, the mountain views combine for a refreshing interlude away from the city. A bit of heaven on earth. Especially the high point view...More

1  Thank rovingcarole
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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
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
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