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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...

Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.

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Wide variety of exotic plants

Wouldn't make a special trip unless you are a botanical lover. But it is free and right in Balboa Park, so it is easy to access while there and well worth a visit. Very well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Winchester, KY, United States
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Winchester, KY, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wouldn't make a special trip unless you are a botanical lover. But it is free and right in Balboa Park, so it is easy to access while there and well worth a visit. Very well tended grounds. I really enjoyed the orchid collection. Great place to shoot flower photos.

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Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Botatnical Building and Lily Pond in Balboa Park is an amazing sanctuary for beautiful plants from around the world! The arrangement and lay out is well done and very beautiful!

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a small building but has plenty plants and flowers, all marked properly so dumb people like us know what we are looking at. They have fit in a lot of beauty in this one tiny building and it offers some great photo opportunities. Entry is free so there's really no excuse to skip it. The pond outside is beautiful.... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Botanical Gardens are located off El Prado in Balboa Park and admission is FREE! It is a great place to hangout and rest from walking Balboa Park and enjoy the unique flora and fauna on display. The Lilly pond is a great place for photos.

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Long Island, New York USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Its a beautiful day when you can walk around the botanical garden hard to find parking. But once you do it is so mice to see all the varieties of plants trees . Went to shops. Rented a motorized cart to ride around. Pretty crowded but peaceful

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's September, and the flowers are still in bloom, but when we went to the Botanical Building, we saw lots of ferns, green shrubs and such, and orchids. No other kinds of flowers. The lily pond had lots of lilies and Koi. It was all pretty, but not unique.

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Philadelphia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an enormous park. This building is just the tip of the iceberg. Beautiful grounds. More suited for lots of walking or segways. You could get lost here. The variety of tress, shrubs, and cactus and flowers is mind-boggling. A must see if your able-bodied. Linda w

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

perfect location for a relaxing walk after visiting the museums or Zoo. Fantastic display of plants and such a great place for a little meditation, If I were in the park I wouldn't miss this

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Martha's Vineyard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing. So much to see. Excellent signs so you know what you are looking at. Just feels nice to be inside the building. A plants lovers delight.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you look at the beauty of these natural beauties you just want to drink in their beauty and peaceful energy. You will be taking many pictures in this one small area.

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