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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 3 days ago

The photogenic lily pond in front of the Botanical building is currently in full bloom--just beautiful. A variety of colors. The wooden lath structure of the Botanical building was built in 1915 and is one of the world's largest. A free, (no admission charge) quick...More

Thank Denise B
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Botanical building and Lilly Pond are wonderful attractions in Balboa Park. The entire park is a great place to visit when you're in San Diego. So much to do in the park, including the wonderful Botanical building and Lily Pond! There are restaurants, museums,...More

Thank 237kathyo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing lattice like construction- with no cold weather and little rain- this type of construction works here—- most places this would not fly It appears many of the plants are being rotated in and out along with the permanent fauna

Thank jfadds
Reviewed 1 week ago

Plants, Plants, Plants, everywhere so many to look at. I didn’t know how to pronounce have the Plants names but was fun trying too. The flowers on some of them were beautiful and the size just amazing. Lovely place to walk around and just to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The botanical gardens and the lily pond in front are beautiful places to visit during your roaming around the Balboa Park. You can easily spend half a day here exploring the fauna, plants and beautiful flowers.

Thank JeLundgren
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wood lathe building is rather unusual. Not a terribly large display of plants but it’s still worth a quick 10-15 minute free pop-in.

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No place to sit and enjoy the scenery. Not a huge variety of plants. It was pretty lack lustre. PASS,

Thank Eurodee95
Reviewed August 17, 2018

Went here as part of a tour, the whole park is interesting but I wouldn't say it is a must. Plenty of shade around, cafes, nice place to relax.

Thank Marcela B
Reviewed August 16, 2018

very informative, if you like to read and like plants, not fun for kids, very fresh. free entrance, in 10 minutes you will finish the visit

Thank MD2help
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Strolling Balboa Park and visiting museums makes for a wonderful day; the setting cannot be beat. Every visit my family and I make to Balboa Park includes a walk through the Botanic gardens and out past the Lily Pond. The gardens offer a variety of...More

Thank Laurie A
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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.