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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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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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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Balboa Park
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made a detour through the facility....some wonderful plants on display and it captured even my 4 year olds attention for a bit. Definitely worth passing through.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DrKahless
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A bounty of green plants. Nice specimens. A great display. Very relaxing, like a tropical forest. Heathy plants. A cool walkway in the building to walk around. A great place to get away from the concrete. Beautifully maintained. And it's free!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Randy2353
Reviewed December 16, 2018

Usually full of many different kinds of orchids in the arboretum. Lily pond as different lilies and fish. Plants change for Christmas to poinsettas of different color.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dileep B
Reviewed December 15, 2018

This historic building in Balboa Park is one of my favorite places. Not only is it a green oasis that's quite a photo spot, you can enjoy a change that match the seasons, such as poinsettia displays for the holiday season. Admission is always free,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed December 12, 2018

The very large lilly pond is lovely and open whenever the park is. The botanical building has many well arranged plants and trees. There are benches where one can sit and spend more time in this lovely space. It is a very pleasant place to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CalgaryWoman
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Beautifully laid out botanical gardens and historical buildings. Lovely walks and friendly people. Absolutely recommended

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stevel849
Reviewed December 2, 2018

The Botanical Building was closed when we got there, but the lily pond was beautiful. The flowers were colorful on the lilies. It was peaceful with the ducks swiming gracefully in the pond.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chick L
Reviewed November 30, 2018

This building is different from most conservatories I've visited, which were entirely glass enclosed; this one is constructed entirely of wooden arch supported lath. It's a very attractive structure, and very well populated with plants from a wide variety of locales. A very pleasant visit!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed November 20, 2018

The building itself looks like it would be a glassed-in conservatory (aka greenhouse) from the outside, but surprisingly it is open to the outside, not glassed in. There is a nice variety of plant-life, including some beautiful orchids. Going through the building took us maybe...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Ohio_Jane_S
Reviewed November 15, 2018

This is an interesting building to visit to see a wide range of plants and flowers. Very calming and relaxing. You can spend at least 30 minutes in the building and at the pond.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leonard S
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Valerie M
February 4, 2016|
Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
If you stay on the paths, you can enjoy the park in two-three hours. If you have more time, you'll enjoy it more because there are several not-on-paths strolls down and up the hills, and of course enjoying the various... More
September 17, 2015|
Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
I just saw this question. No, no fees. The park is a great family experience, the grounds are free. You pay for the museums throughout though. And the zoo.